Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Jim & Stephanie :: Engagement ::

Back in my high school babysitting years, I used to supervise as Jim and his sister Kate would fall backwards off the arm of the couch and bounce precariously on the cushions. It was a game we devised that had a goal and rules that I have since forgotten, but I remember finding as much delight in them as they found in the game.

In the intervening years Jim and Kate may have outgrown the couch game, but I find them (is it possible?) even more delightful than I did back then. So it was with absolute joy that I first met with Jim and his new fiance Stephanie and listened as they recounted their story.

The cookies started it all. He provided the baking sheet, she provided the baking, and the rest, as they say, is history. You see they lived in neighboring residence halls during college, and while his hall was furnished with a baking sheet, hers was not. So when she was ready to whip up a batch of cookies, she would wander down the sidewalk to his dorm, where he was often (conveniently) working at the front desk. He'd lend her the baking sheet and she would repay him with the first fruits of her freshly-baked bounty. The tradition evolved, and so did their friendship until Jim led Stephanie back to campus to remind her where it all began and to ask her to begin a new adventure with him. She, of course, said yes!

So it was only fitting that we plan their engagement session on the St Thomas campus. After being bested by Minnesota's winter weather twice, we decided to stick with our third date and just make it work. The lighting was magical, the setting was perfect, but the temp was a mere 10 degrees. It is a testament to just how much they adore each other that these photos don't betray how cold they actually were. No pained grimaces, no uncontrollable shivering, just a whole lotta love. Seriously, just looking at them warms my heart.

Her residence hall...where it all began

We found these phones and I just couldn't resist.


We had explicit instructions from Jim's mom to get some shots "in front of cool doors." Luckily St Thomas has a few rather stately doors to offer, so we had fun with a series of door poses. Mary, these next few are for you...


We had to sneak in a few with Kate too, who came for moral and creative support
 Finally, I will leave you with this image because Stephanie is just so strikingly beautiful. 

Jim and Steph, thanks for the honor of capturing a glimpse of your sweet love. I can't wait for your wedding! 


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