I’m so excited to have Lauren and Jono on the blog today!
I absolutely love it when my couples choose their own locations! They grew up in Caroline (right near where I grew up), so I was so excited to photograph their engagement session near my hometown! This adorable Spring engagement session involved walking over a squishy log, Lauren’s sister turning into a human radio while they slow dances, and of course a ton of laughs! This spring engagement session had one of the most beautiful days we’ve had all year, so to say the least everything went perfectly!
Okay, so a little bit about Lauren and Jono is that these two are hilarious. I mean his smile radiates around her. I had so much fun getting to photograph them! If you don’t know these two, you are MISSING OUT!! They are a breath of fresh air!
I told Lauren about 30 minutes into the session that I could instantly tell why they were together. I mean truly soul mates, these two just mesh so well.
The Love Story:
As kids, we went to church together in Bowling Green, VA. We both went to Caroline High School, but didn't actually attend at the same time. After high school, he went on to play baseball at Bridgewater College then professionally for the Rockford Riverhawks in Illinois.
Around the same time he was playing pro ball, I started my college softball career at UVA. During my breaks in college, I would come home and take batting practice with him in his dad's shed. During my fourth year at UVA, Jono decided to end his professional career and become a baseball hitting instructor in Charlottesville.
At the time I was going through a hitting slump, so caught him after his lessons one night for hitting advice. The next week, he came to my last home game against Virginia Tech that aired on ESPNU. I was an absolute nervous wreck NOT because I was on national television, but because he was there to watch me play! By some stroke of luck (or great hitting tips from him) I ended up hitting a game winning single down the first base line that scored two runs! At that point, we were still in the friend zone,
but neither of us could shake the feeling we felt when we were together
especially at that game, so right after graduation, we decided why not?! and went for it!
One night after his hitting lessons at The Baseball Company in Charlottesville, we blasted country music over the speakers and spent all night dancing, talking, and hitting baseballs to each other. He hit me ground balls for over an hour and sang "give it all we got tonight" by George Strait to me.
That was all it took for me to know that he was the one.
Three years later, and he still hits me a bucket of ground balls every now and then. Every time, I get butterflies thinking of that first night.
Back in September, we went to a Sam Hunt concert in Virginia Beach and ended up making a weekend of it. Friday night, he told me he wanted to get up early the next day to play paddle ball on the beach before the beach goers got there. We are SERIOUS about our paddle ball (actually we're serious about all of our sports). The next morning, we went to breakfast and decided to walk along the beach on the way back to the hotel to get our paddle ball set.
The next thing I knew, he literally threw a ring box at me!
Of course I said yes!
He absolutely melted my heart when he told me that he asked both my parents and my brother for my hand in marriage.
Our families are so important to us and we cannot wait to start one of our own!!
I am looking forward to every day of our future marriage, mostly because Jono makes each day an adventure.
On a regular basis, he gives me that summertime Saturday night feeling when you feel like you're on top of the world and falling more and more in love by the minute, just when you thought you couldn't fall any harder.
He makes everything more fun and constantly goes out of his way to make me laugh. Jono to me is proof that all of the love cliches are real. Marry your best friend, love comes at the most unexpected times, trust your gut, everything happens for a reason, and when you know, you know."
Lauren and Jono,
I had so much fun during your engagement session, Now the countdown to the wedding!! I can't wait to see your love grow eve more and I'm so honored to be a small part of your journey!!