“Oh my gosh, he’s so cute! I’m gunna keep him!” Janine giggled to me during their romantic woodsy engagement session as she pulled Derek in for a kiss. They were so cute, and so clearly in love! Every pose I coached them into ended with Derek giving her the sweetest little kisses and snuggles because they just couldn’t keep their hands off each other. When you hear about puppy love, or the honeymoon phase, you always think about people in their first year or so together – not 8 years down the road! But these guys? 8 years, true ups and downs that would stress any relationship, and still they show up giggling and cuddly and adorably cute together, just insanely happy to be spending an evening together at the park!
Janine and I have known each other since high school, and it was so great getting to catch up with her and getting to meet Derek! She was so excited to tell me all about the wedding details they have planned (And I loved hearing all about them! I LOVE weddings, haha!). A girl after my own heart, she is doing a bunch of the details herself, including building geometric centerpieces and doing all of her own calligraphy and signage for their wedding!
I’m a total craft nut myself, and hearing her get so excited about the different projects she had planned made me itch to start working on something myself, so of course I had to start something too! I decided to keep working on my Pokemon cross stitch hoops (my kids are REALLY into Pokemon right now, so they got super excited when I pulled all of my finished ones out of storage to hang on the wall this week, and have been bugging me every day to see the progress I’ve made on new ones, haha). Thanks, Janine for inspiring me to get crafting again! It’s been WAY too long since I’ve done anything, and this was just the kick in the pants I needed!
Janine and Derek, thank you so much for inviting me to help document your love story! It was such a pleasure getting together with you guys for a great couple of hours taking photos, reminiscing, and watching baby skunks explore the park as the sun went down! Seeing you two together gives me hope for the future – together for 8 years and still in that crazy puppy love, honeymoon phase like it’s your first month! It is truly great to see, and I really hope you continue to remember how crazy you are about each other!