Jessica and Kyle's Maine Engagement Portraits

Jessica contacted me back in January in search of a wedding photographer for her and her fiance, Kyle's wedding on September 12th, 2015 at the Franco American Heritage Center in Lewiston, Maine .

Jessica and Kyle's engagement session took place at a park just blocks from where they are to be married in just a few short months. We were lucky enough to have an amazing sunset that evening!

In her interview about their relationship, Jessica describes how they met and their wonderful proposal story:

How did you two meet?

I was a year behind Kyle in school and we had gone to the same small school from kindergarten to eighth grade. Every year, Kyle and his family would come to my family’s Christmas tree farm to get their tree. The year that he went on to high school, they came to get their tree and we really took notice of each other. Things kind of took off from there and we have been dating ever since, 11 years and counting! We are high school sweethearts, he was a football player and I was a cheerleader.

What did you do on your first date?

Our first real date was when Kyle got his driver’s license. We went to the Maine Mall… and as inexperienced drivers, we got lost trying to find it. We finally found our way and had a great time. We got pizza for lunch (Kyle's all-time favorite food) and had our picture taken in the photo booth. I still have the picture and we looked so young!

When and where did your engagement take place? Please describe the proposal.

Kyle and his sister, Krista, came up with a great plan. In 2013, Kyle and I were both in Krista’s wedding party. The ceremony was beautiful, a warm September day outside at a local apple orchard with a view that went on for miles. The reception was in a big tent at the same location. The time came for the bouquet and garter toss. They did the garter toss first, and Kyle stood front and center, which I thought was really odd, since he’s such a shy, quiet person who certainly doesn’t like to be the center of attention. The groom, Alex, threw the garter and Kyle lunged to catch it.

Krista got on the microphone and announced that since Kyle caught the garter, it would only be fitting for her to give the bouquet to me. I was so embarrassed! I sat down in the seat in front of everyone just praying for it to be over quickly. Just when I was starting to tell Kyle to hurry up, I looked down and he had pulled a gorgeous diamond ring out of his pocket and asked me to marry him. We even had our own dance, at his sister’s request. The whole thing was a complete surprise to me.

Here's the video of the proposal:

What are some activities or hobbies that you love doing together?

Our absolute favorite thing to do together is to go camping, hiking, and taking day trips to new locations. Our favorite spot to camp is Daicey Pond at Baxter State Park. We look forward to making lots of new memories as a married couple. Our next adventure is our honeymoon, a cruise to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.