A few months ago, I received a Facebook message from a perfect stranger that said, "Hi! I'm friends with Julie and Kristen & Joe. I happened to stumble on your photo blog. I love your photos! So, I just thought I'd add you. I hope that's ok. :)."
And you know what? I liked her already. She was brave. Me, on the other hand, I'm the type to look someone up, instantly feel sheepish about making contact with someone I don't know, then just decide I can carry on not knowing them. And heck, if she was chummy with Julie and Kristen, then she must be an alright lady.
Fast forward a little while and Facebook tells me that Jess is engaged to a certain man named Jordan. Of course, I get totally excited because any wedding is a good wedding in my opinion. So I left her a little note congratulating her and a few weeks later, I did a couple fist pumps when she asked to meet with me to talk about photography. And, like any decent photographer, we met at Starbucks where I charmed her with my ability to talk very fast and drink boiling hot coffee simultaneously. Jess is an elementary school music teacher and I think she fits the part so perfectly. She is so sweet and soft-spoken and when she talks, you really listen. She told me how she was home from college and looking for a church when she met Jordan. She told me all about the gorgeous summer wedding they're planning and the beachy honeymoon they can't wait to go on. She told me how Jordan proposed in downtown Baltimore at the last second and how she thought it would never come. I left our coffee date thinking, I like her. I really like her. And you're gonna like her, too.
I met Jordan for the first time at our engagement session in Frederick, MD this past week. I usually prepare myself for shy grooms, not shy like they don't wanna chit-chat, but shy as in they think engagement sessions are weird and why-are-we-posing-this-way kind of shy. You have to mold 'em a little bit. Not Jordan. He jumps right in there. He does whatever he has to do to get the shot and to make sure Jess is enjoying herself in the process. They complement each other so well, he's a little silly and she's a lot sweet. They showed me the spot outside the Frederick Coffee Company where they had their first kiss and the cozy booth inside that hosted countless getting-to-know-you conversations between the two of them. It was such a fun afternoon.
Enjoy the sneak peak, ya'll. I can't wait for your lovely summer wedding!