Chelsea and John :: Engaged :: Riverbend Farm, Uxbridge, MA
Engagement Photoshoot Date: October 12, 2016
Chelsea is an artist, sprinkling beauty and sunshine everywhere she goes.
John is a science teacher, a Southern gentleman and scholar whose favorite empirical result was sweeping Chelsea off her feet.
From the moment I met these two, they secured a special place in my heart, and I have a feeling that is the effect they have on everyone they meet.
I am honored to know them, not only as their photographer, but as their friend.
These two truly represent LOVE in the way they respect, enjoy, and encourage one another. They inspire hope and happiness in all whose paths they cross.
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Tell us your story!
We have a lovely mutual friend who decided to play match maker and set us up. We had both had our hearts broken in the past and were wary of love, yet we decided to give it a chance. We met at a Hibachi grill on an extremely cold night in January. There would be other people around the grill which we thought was a safe option in case things didn't work out.
Unfortunately those people just made things extremely awkward, which we still laugh about now. They kept asking us drunkenly, "How's your date going?!" and "Are you going to make out after this?". I think that I turned every shade of red! After dinner, I had decided that I wanted to get to know John better and I asked if he wanted to get ice cream, which he thought was funny because it was below freezing out! I teased that it was a New England girl thing. I was happy he agreed because then I knew that he was feeling like he didn't want our date to end yet either.
After ice cream, I was thinking that it would be time for us to part ways, but to my surprise he asked if I wanted to go see a movie! It was the never ending date and we were both loving every second of each other's company. The movie was quite boring and the man in front of us even fell asleep and was snoring! But, all I remember is laughing the whole time with John as we made our own commentary for the movie. I remember how he nervously reached over to hold my hand and I hoped he'd never let go. We have been inseparable ever since. I'm so glad we had the courage to give love a chance again because we have built a beautiful life together. After about 3 years of dating, John decided that he wanted to ask me to marry him. He secretly asked my parents for their blessing and picked out a beautiful ring. He laughs that the ring came with us on a few trips but he was just waiting for the right moment. As we watched the sunset over the ocean at the Stonington Light House, John got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him.
What do you love most about your partner?
Loving him is easy. He holds me on my worst days and laughs with me on the greatest. His love is unconditional and unwavering. He is so patient and kind. He is a goofball and always has something silly to say about any situation. He is a hard worker and always strives to do his best. He knows a myriad of facts and is like my own walking game of trivial pursuit. Our values are the same and he is always supportive of my goals. I had this vision of my dream guy and he doesn't even come close to how amazing John is to me.
Chelsea is a lot of fun to be with. She is always loving, supportive, and is unconditional in her love for me. She is a dog lover, loves the outdoors, and knows how to relax. I love her smile and the way that she looks at me. It brightens my days, even on the busiest and toughest. Chelsea is passionate about art, music, and teaching, and is an extremely hard worker. These are all things I have always dreamed of in a partner, but a bonus is they were wrapped up in this cute little package called Chelsea.
Tell us a little about yourselves.
John is a high school physics teacher and I am an elementary school art teacher.
We love to be outdoors and are always off on adventures in the woods with our dog, Bear. John loves to run and is also a track and cross country coach.
We love to travel and we love hiking. We have a goal to get to as many National Parks as we can. We also love to eat. John is quite the foodie!
If you could pick one word that describes you as a couple, what would it be and why?
Chelsea: Strong - our love has been firmly built with loyalty.
John: Adventurous - we have done so many trips together, saw so many new things, made huge steps, like getting a dog and a house, which has pushed me to keep trying new things