Engaged: Kyle & Lauren

How did you two meet?
K: We met at a popular bar that was frequented by Greek life during the summer of 2011. One of her sorority sisters, Cortnee Jo introduced us that night. I first saw Lauren earlier in the night but couldn’t find the nerve to go up and talk to her and thankfully Cortnee was there or I would have probably never spoken to Lauren. I had known Cortnee from the semester prior through our Bio Lab.

L: I was out with a group of friends in San Antonio one night in June 2011. My friend Cortnee grabbed my hand, and said there was someone she wanted me to meet. She walked me over and introduced me to Kyle. She told me later that she had run into him on our way into the bar, and he had asked about me. When he introduced himself, I was charmed by his slightly southern accent. We hit it off instantly, he was incredibly handsome, funny, and easy to talk to, (and I am REALLY awkward so that’s a big deal). We exchanged number and immediately began talking and getting to know each other.

Describe the proposal.
K: Well I had been planning to propose for months. I was struggling with finding the exact way to do it, until one day it just clicked. Lauren's students in her 4th grade class absolutely love her. Everyone in that school loves her. so why not do it in front of her class towards the end of the day? The day I did it was our 5 year anniversary so she was already a little suspicious but proposing at her school was something she DID NOT see coming. I had the help of another 4th grade teacher on her team and her principal. I notified both of my plans a month ahead of time and even had to keep the ring hidden for a month which was one of the hardest things to do. With the help of her 4th grade team and administration, I completed surprised her while she was giving a lesson on “Cause and Effect.” Couldn’t have been a better day! 

L: I had a feeling Kyle would propose on our five-year anniversary, because he dropped quite a few hints for a while, like saying, “Today is going to be the best day of our lives.” It was Crazy Hat Day at the elementary school I work at, but Kyle had convinced me to dress up instead because it was special day. I was still thinking he was going to surprise me in some way on the way home on that evening. Towards the end of the day, my two assistant principals came into my room pretending to be checking in. I continued teaching, and just as I called on a student to answer a question, one of my coworkers walked in with a sign that said WILL. I immediately realized what was coming and I began crying/laughing as my fellow teachers (one of which is a bridesmaid) and my principal walked in with YOU, MARRY, and ME? signs. Kyle walked in dressed up, with a dozen red roses, and cookies for the kids. He knelt on one knee and I honestly could never tell you what he said but I know I said yes. When we watched the video and I was able to hear everything, I cried for about twenty minutes.

What do you love most about each other?
K: What I love most about Lauren is her ability to always make my day better. She knows how to make me laugh and the size of her heart is immeasurable. I can be a difficult person to work with sometimes and she never ceases to amaze me with her patience and her love.

L: I love how much Kyle makes me laugh. We are always goofy and honestly weird. We have so much fun together no matter the circumstances. I can 100% be myself, and he even laughs at my corny jokes. I truly feel I have found my other half in Kyle. He is my best friend, and I am so lucky to have found such a kindhearted soul to share my life with.

Engaged: Rene & Andrea

How did you two meet?
A: We met backstage at Bass Concert Hall. He worked in lighting and I was the receptionist, so he would see me on his way in/out of work. It turns out he even requested a change in his theatre assignment from the B.Iden Payne theatre (which was across the street to Bass Concert Hall) just so he would be able to see me.

R: We met at work! We both were student employees at the regional theater at UT. She was a receptionist and I worked in lighting, and after I met her I made it a point to find legitimate reasons to pass by her desk as often as possible.

Describe the proposal.
A: For the proposal, it was on our "One" Year anniversary, Leap Day, and he had me take off the morning from work. He took me to breakfast, and then we drove to Mayfield Park. We walked around the park a little, found a secluded trail, and he said some sweet things in Spanish and got down on his knee and asked! 

R: I was so nervous. We took the morning off work and got breakfast, and it looked like it was going to rain, an 18 wheeler almost hit the car at an intersection, and at Mayfield there were a bunch of kids running around all over the place. So lots of things tried to get in the way! But I found a secluded spot in some trees and got to a knee and asked her in Spanish to be with me forever. I think. It was so fast!

What do you love most about each other?
A: I guess what I love most about him is how ridiculous we can be together, especially when making funny noises and stuff. Oh, we also trade foot rubs every night, and he lets me pop his toes.

R: She's the force that keeps stars in their trajectory. She is the rhyme and reason of the universe, of my life. She's the space between the lines of poetry, and stanza after stanza she's always been there for me. She's never out of place, she is strong and confident wherever we are. It was that confidence that attracted me to her in the first place, and every time I see it, it amazes me. She's kind and patient and resilient; and she makes me want to be those things. There is no universe where I'm not in love with her.

Just Because: Alex & Theo

The last time I took Alex & Theo's picture was a few months ago when I went to visit them at their apartment, but this time I wanted to go somewhere with a way more appealing background. Butler Park is my favorite place to go after my run around Town Lake; it has such a beautiful view of the city! I had to take advantage of it. 

Love: Sheyna & Andre Engagement Party

This past weekend was my friends' engagement party, and they asked me to take photos for the occasion. Indoor shooting is not my forte, but I think the photos turned out pretty cute! I'm definitely still learning though. In a few months I'll be taking their actual engagement photos which I'm even more excited for! Until then, here are some fun shots from their party: