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First of all, I have to hand it to these two. They arrived to their engagement session in the middle of a torrential downpour, complete with wind, lightning, and even hail! We camped out in a hotel lobby and waited out the storm — which I think you’ll agree was totally worth it once you see their session.
Austin and Bayleigh met through mutual friends at Avanti. Austin acted like he was interested in doing business with Bayleigh, who works for the Tom James Company, so they exchanged numbers. But it wasn’t until a month later, when Bayleigh was in Austin’s firm seeing a client, that Austin used that number to message Bayleigh and invite her to go wake boarding with some friends.
Austin tells me that was their first date. Bayleigh, though, thought that was just a getting-to-know-each-other outing, and she said their real first date was the time Austin took her to St. Mary’s Glacier and taught her how to fly fish. “It was at the end of that day when I knew I had met my person.”
Both Bayleigh and Austin realized after their first date — whichever one it was — that they wanted to marry each other.
When you see these two together, you can see why! Whether it’s fly fishing, wake boarding, snowboarding, long boarding, hiking, or working out, they simply love being together, and they love being outside.
They also both share a passionate faith in Jesus Christ and have worked really hard to “build a Christ-centered relationship that encourages and challenges each other” to be all that God has called them to be.
Austin proposed when they were in Jamaica for a business trip, and Austin did such a good job of making it seem like he wasn’t going to do anything special that she truly didn’t expect it!
On the third day of their trip, they spent the day on the beach in Negril. That night at dinner, at a restaurant on a cliff overlooking the ocean, Austin proposed. Bayleigh was so surprised and excited that she didn’t eat a single bite of her dinner!
I love how these two responded when I asked them one thing they respect and admire about each other: “One thing I love about Austin is his passion. He is the most passionate and driven person I’ve ever met. Whether it’s business, fitness, or fishing, he has an enthusiasm that is unmatched.”
“I love the excitement that Bayleigh brings to our relationship. She always greets me with a huge smile and big hug every time I see her. It makes me fall in love with her more and more every time we get to spend time together. Life is going to be so much fun with her!”
Bayleigh and Austin have such a passion for life and for each other that is evident even in their sweet words about each other. I am so excited for their Spruce Mountain Ranch wedding this fall, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for their marriage and their life together.
Talk about a proposal to end all proposals! Janelle had no idea what was coming when she went with her family to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Denver, one of the largest in the country.
For the past two years, she and Adam had attended the parade to celebrate their shared Irish heritage, but this was the first year that Adam was going to get to walk in the parade as a Denver firefighter.
Little did Janelle know that when she invited all of her friends and family to see Adam, she was actually inviting them to her own surprise marriage proposal! Janelle and her family arrived early to scout out what she thought was going to be the perfect vantage point for taking photos of Adam.
What she didn’t know was that her family was carefully choosing a location that would be easy for Adam to identify, so he’d know exactly where to find Janelle in the midst of all the crowds when he went by — the blue door on Blake Street. Janelle’s family and friends kept her completely in the dark — she had no idea what was about to take place.
Even with all the stop-and-go of marching bands and dancing leprechauns and Irish-themed floats that is typical of any parade, Janelle didn’t even think it was strange that Adam’s firetruck stopped right in front of her on the street!One of Janelle’s friends diverted her attention away from the truck for a moment, so Adam could bypass the barrier separating the crowd from the parade.
When she turned around, he was down on one knee, proposing to his future bride in front of their families and closest friends … along with hundreds of fellow parade-goers and, of course, the Denver Fire Department.
After Janelle said yes, they boarded the antique fire truck and rode through the rest of the parade together. Janelle finally realized her friends and family had been in on the whole thing … and she was in such a state of surprise that at the end of the parade she had to stop and ask Adam if she had indeed actually said yes.
What do they most enjoy doing together? “It is probably a tie between camping/hiking and going for ice cream.”
They also bring along a third camper, Boomer, their sweet Corgi who loves to go everywhere his owners do. Their favorite place to camp has been the Olympic Forest in Washington, which was part of a road trip — with Boomer, of course — to Yellowstone, Coeur d’Alene, Seattle, the Olympic Forest, and Portland.
What is something she respects and admires about him?
“Adam has one of the strongest senses of passion and devotion for the things he loves that I’ve ever seen. He has the ability to bring a sense of calm to stressful situations. Above all else, he supports me in every aspect of life and has always taken me exactly as I am.”
What is something he loves and treasures about her?
“Janelle supports me in what I do and understands my passions, as well as stays steadfast in my corner, even if it’s to tell me that I’m in the wrong. She never turns against me.”What are they most excited about on their wedding day? “We are most looking forward to committing ourselves to each other in front of our friends an family, and beginning our lives together as husband and wife! Oh … and Red Velvet cake!”
Ice cream and red velvet cake?? These two are truly a couple after my own heart, and so perfectly suited for each other! Cannot wait to share photos of their wedding day.
You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful spring day for Caitlin and Ross’s intimate Colorado mountain wedding at Blackstone Rivers Ranch. There was a little bit of snow still left on the ground from the week before, but it only made the mountains more beautiful for photos.
And I’m pretty sure I have never seen two people more excited for their wedding — in part, I think, because it meant that they would get to see each other every day — no more long distance dating.
Ross and Caitlin had a whirlwind wedding weekend, with an intimate mountain wedding on Friday, followed by an after-party open house for all of their friends Saturday. On Sunday they were hitting the road to move to Kansas, and on Monday Ross started a new job! “We are just so thankful to be able to share all these new experiences together and grow together in our trust in the Lord and His perfect plan for us,” says Caitlin.
Ross and Caitlin’s wedding was all about details — they were very intentional in all that they did. From the small number of guests and family present, to Caitlin’s grandmother making the bouquets, to Caitlin’s grandfather reading Scripture during the ceremony — every detail was well thought out and intentional.
I asked these two what they both wanted most to remember about their wedding day, and Caitlin said it was the look on Ross’s face when he first saw her walking toward him — it was pure love and adoration. And right before she walked down the aisle, she remembers feeling overjoyed that it was finally time to become Ross’s wife. “I couldn’t wait to see him and have him see me.” Ross described the incredible feeling of walking back down the aisle as a married couple — something he never wants to forget.
One of the first things you’ll notice about Jessica is her quiet beauty, her sweet and gentle spirit, and her smiling eyes that immediately make you feel like you’ve known her for half your life. Which, if you are Michael, you have.
You’ll also quickly find out she loves all things Disney, so when you find out Michael does too, you know this is a match made in heaven.
If you get the idea from their engagement session portraits that Jessica likes pink, you’d be correct. And she doesn’t simply like pink — she really loooves pink!! She wears it a lot. In fact, she wears it every day!
So when Michael showed up at her house one evening wearing a pink shirt, with a dozen pink roses in hand, Jessica was slightly suspicious he might be up to something.
On their way to dinner, Michael stopped at Hudson Gardens (cue memorable Disney music here) and led Jessica to the Rose Garden, where he proposed. Jessica, of course, said yes.
It sounds so romantic, but in real life, as in Disney, getting to this moment actually took a very long time.
They first met in junior high, and then became close friends throughout high school and college.
They knew each other’s personalities, hopes and dreams, and even families long before they ever decided to take the next step, which didn’t happen until they began pursuing their own professions in different states.
One weekend when Michael visited Jessica in Florida, he expressed his intentions to date her. Jessica was hesitant, however, and didn’t respond.
So in true Disney fashion, Michael pursued Jessica with song — sending her a song every day for four months.
After Michael bought Jessica dinner at a romantic restaurant on the ocean and they spent a magical day at Disney World, Jessica finally agreed to take the next step in their relationship.
Their first official date included dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and — wait for it! — watching Cinderella together.
“I love that he is an extremely hard worker and is committed to excellence. He is such a romantic and loves fairytales! He’s sweet and shows me how much he loves me constantly.
“I love that Michael sings his heart out whenever a song pops into his head. Most of all, I admire his strong love for God and his desire to be more like Christ every day.”
And Michael says this about Jessica:
“I love her heart for the Lord and her strong desire to be the face of Christ to everyone she comes in contact with. I love that she complements me well in many areas of my life. I love her kind-hearted spirit.
“I love that she laughs at my jokes and puts up with me no matter what. I love that I get to call her mine for the rest of my life.”
In fact, as soon as our session was over, they told me they were planning to see Beauty and the Beast at least one more time — maybe more. And I have a feeling there will be many more Disney dates to follow….