Jessica & Justin met their freshman year of college during what was supposed to be a blind date. But fate was eager to bring them together, and sooner rather than later. The day before their date, they happened to run into each other. Justin's friends took that opportunity to introduce them. Justin was called "lashes", because of his beautiful long lashes. Jessica was smitten from the beginning.
For their engagement session, we went to a cute hidden nook on the Columbia River Gorge: Government Cove. The weather was a perfect mix of clouds and sun, a film photographer's dream. Jessica tells me that the Gorge holds a special place in their hearts because of the many hikes and road trips they would do back when they were in school together. There was really no better place to tell their story.
'On our first date, Justin showed up with flowers that he picked from the entrance to the university (he probably wasn't supposed to pick those) and a hand made glass with my name on it. Justin shared with me that it was a goal of his to live in Alaska one day. When I told him that I was from Alaska, he had so many questions for me! We enjoyed each other's company so much that, later that week, Justin invited to me to to get slushies from Dairy Queen, then back to his dorm to make grilled cheese sandwiches.'
'These days, however, date night is going out and trying a new restaurant or brewery, and maybe stopping to get ice cream at Salt n Straw. If it's a nice day, one of our favorite dates is going out to Edgefield and enjoying some drinks in the sun or doing some wine tasting flights.'
'We're really a fun loving couple. We'll sometimes try to be romantic, but one of us typically ends up making a joke and we just laugh.'
'Justin proposed to me on a dark and scary night... No really, it was Halloween when I was least expecting it! He hid the ring in a little glass jack-o-lantern candle holder filled with candy corn. Of course I went in to eat it, only to find a sparkle underneath. Next thing I knew Justin was down one knee asking me to marry him! It was so unique and one of the best surprises ever!'
'I love that Justin has such a big heart. He really cares about people and is constantly putting other's needs before his own. He's such an easy going and fun person and is down to do anything with me, even if that means tagging along while I run my weekend errands. I also love his light hearted, silly personality. He has taught me to not always take things so seriously, and to slow down in life. He always knows how to put a smile on my face.'
'I love that everyday I wake up to my best friend. I love that she is fully committed to everything she does and that she is patient and understanding. I love coming home and having her put a smile on my face after a hard day. What I love most is that Jessica makes ME a better person.'
'We are looking forward to continuing to make memories together. We have been making a list of places we want to travel to, both near and far, and we're so excited to explore new places together as a married couple.'