For this engagement session, we decided to meet our couple at Jeni's in the Short North. This has become a sort of accidental habit (or there are really that many Jeni's) that everywhere we have been going there always seems to be a Jeni's nearby. I think I have made it to every single one in Columbus this month! Hey, I'm not complaining!!
I hadn't met Nina or Joshua yet so I was super excited. All I knew was that she had a LOVE for Disney. Which is another thing a lot of our couples have in common. We have had at least 3 or 4 of our couples get engaged in Disney World.
When they pulled in they instantly started waving like crazy and I knew this was going to be a fun evening. We had scoped out the area before they arrived and were feeling inspired already. So, once they jumped out of the car (after first giving the curb a little love tap - NINA) we all officially met and headed out. Nina was rocking an adorable dress and the coolest red hair! LOVE!!! She was gorgeous!
We started our session with Mona Lisa. Now, she is kind of a big deal...I mean who doesn't know of Mona Lisa. But our couple sure held their ground and looked awesome with such a famous backdrop ;) Nina and Josh were so easy to take photos of. I think it's their main goal in life to simply have fun and enjoy everything you are doing. They kept cracking each other up and us up. Especially when we would tell Nina to fake laugh and she would burst into hysteria before calming down enough smile. It was a hoot!
How did you two meet?
The two of us met at a mutual friend's 21st birthday party that I was hosting.
How long have you been together?
Josh and I start dating at the end of July 2014, shortly after we met. That makes it two years and nearly two months.
Along with my best friend of 15 years (and now maid of honor), Joshua planned a city-wide engagement scavenger hunt the night before we were to leave for a 10 day vacation to California, his first time west of the Mississippi River. I got off work at nine and go to my car to see balloons and a note taped to my steering wheel. I opened it and it said, "Welcome to your engagement scavenger hunt! (He has never been good with surprises)" with a clue that led me to our apartment. My best friend was there & got me to change clothes and give me my next clue. That took me to Cap City Diner in Grandview, where we had our first date. His two best friends, and now co-best men, gave my my next clue. That led me to Ohio Stadium on campus, where two of our friends were waiting with the next clue. This led me to Dodo's (my mom's best friend of 30 years & basically my third parent, his name is actually Don, but I couldn't say Ns when I was little, thus Dodo was born, and now he's our officiant too!), who had to stall me a little since I was apparently driving quicker than other people could to get to the next place they were supposed to be. He was watching a Cal football game and made me watch some of it with him, while I endlessly asked, "Where's my next clue?". Finally, he asked me if I needed to use the bathroom while I was there, so I flew in there and found a beautiful bouquet of white roses & pink flowers that I don't remember the name of, with my last clue. This led me to my parents' house, where Josh was waiting in the driveway when I turned the corner. I barely got the car in park before I flew out of the car. He read a mushy speech (which I can barely remember because I was so excited), and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Once the deed was done, we went in to my parents' house & they were waiting there, along with everyone else that was a part of the whole hunt, with a full array of all of my favorite foods! It was pretty magical and definitely not something I will forget any time soon.
Tell Us About Your Outfits
Describe your style:
We're super laid back. I love sweatshirts & a normal question for Josh is if he needs to wear real pants when we are going out. However, we can clean up nicely if needed.
How did you coordinate or decide on the outfits you used in the photographs?
I had a white dress that I fell in love with & how often to you get to wear white and everyone is like, "Yeah, white, Makes sense!"? Then Josh has beautiful blue eyes, one of the first things I noticed about him, so I dress him in blue constantly, to play up on that.
How many outfits did you take?
Where did you shop for your outfits?
Our closet, lol. My dress came from Torrid & I think his entire outfit came from Kohl's. #kohlscashforthewin (a girl after my own heart)
We went from wall to street to wall to random awesome willow tree to a stairwell to the street again. The Short North is such a fun and exciting locations. You simply never know what you will find by just walking around. We left the main street and walked along the back alleys and were not disappointed. It was so much fun to laugh and take photos and laugh some more. These two couldn't have been more fun to shoot. I also love when I'm not the only one who thought the session was fun!
How was your experience during your session?
Amazing! We got super good at finally following directions! Kind of...(Nina, you and Josh did a great job following directions)
To end the session Brett and Elle were taking photos of Nina's ring so they shooed us away with Nina and Josh for some goofy fun shots. So, Daniel being Daniel and The Short North being The Short North...He took them to the MIDDLE OF THE STREET!! Okay, so we did use the crosswalk and we did wait for our time to walk but Nina and Josh stopped in the middle of the road with everyone everywhere and the photos turned out GREAT!! We even go a few honks and hollers along the way.
Funny or memorable moments during your engagement session?
Running in to the middle of the intersection with Daniel was pretty great. We got honks and everything!
Tips From Our Bride to Be
Tips on how to prepare for the session?
- Like I said at the beginning of our session, we're awkward. While I am totally okay with being the center of attention, Josh is not. It was about being comfortable together & just being with each other. While also feeling like there was paparazzi everywhere, but in like a fun & "they're not going to publish the worst photo ever of me" kind of way.
Any tips on what to bring to your engagement session?
- Not really...we may have thought more about props and that kind of thing. I didn't miss them, but it may be something to think about for future couples.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for the session?
- Have fun! And when they say, "we're good", hold the position for like another three seconds. Who knows what shot they might get.