A Mississippi Winter Engagement Session
When Nicole + Austin agreed to meet me at the Windsor Ruins for their engagement session my heart nearly exploded! I was so excited to try out a new location and include a bit of Mississippi History in a session!
If you have followed along for awhile, you know that I LOVE engagement sessions because it is a chance for me to get to know my couples. I love hearing their stories and just having fun together on a relaxed photo shoot so we build a relationship prior to the wedding day!
How They Met
We knew of each other back in high school because we had a lot of the same friends. However, it wasn’t until my freshman year of college that we actually started talking and hanging out.
I came home from Mississippi State for Christmas break and I knew he was always at the parties and bonfires our friends would have. So, I texted him and said “Hey, let me know of anything you hear going on over Christmas break!” Well, the very next day he messaged me and said “Hey, I haven’t heard about anything, but I do need to go Christmas shopping for my mom and sister, and I’m clueless as to what to get, will you come help me?” I was like “Yeah, I’d love to” (what girl doesn’t like shopping?!)
Well, we spent every day after that together. The entire first month of us hanging out we were strictly just two friends hanging out and riding around all night. We only went our separate ways long enough to go home to sleep and when we woke up, we always met back up. I guess somewhere throughout that month we caught feelings and decided we wanted to be more.
We started dating Jan 5th, 2015, right before I had to go back to Starkville for spring semester.
And how did Austin pop the question?
So anyone who knows me knows that I’m completely obsessed with penguins. It’s weird. I know lol.
Anyways, we had to go to Memphis so Austin could run the half marathon for St. Jude. We had decided months before that we would go to the zoo because hello they have penguins. Haha He had planned to propose to me right in front of the penguins. (talk about the perfect idea) However, that did not happen.
After running the half marathon, the bottom of both of his feet were huge blisters. Even though he assured me he was okay, there was no way I was gonna make him walk around the zoo with those blisters so I told him I didn’t wanna go to the zoo anymore. (I know I’m such a caring fiancee) He had one of my guy friends who’s a photographer in Tupelo drive all the way to Memphis. And they quickly had to come up with a new plan.
Well the only thing they could think of was the top of the pyramid looking out over the city of Memphis. So we go and get to the top of the pyramid and I was looking out at the view of the city and he was like “Nichole” and I was like “what” and I turned around and he was down on one knee!! Bless his heart, he couldn’t even get any words out through all of my crying.
When he told me about the penguin idea, I couldn’t help but say “I was trying to be a good girlfriend and not make you walk around the zoo with blisters, but if I’d known you were going to propose in front of the penguins, we would have still gone”. haha. However, he did an amazing job and planned the perfect proposal and although the penguin idea would have been the best thing ever, I wouldn’t trade the way it happened for anything in the world!”
My Prayer For You
Nicole + Austin, I have prayed for you as I edited the images from your engagement session. As I have prayed, I hear Holy Spirit singing “Come Away” over you. He wants to take you both on a WILD ADVENTURE following Jesus and advancing the Kingdom!
I also pray that the Lord will strengthen your relationship with one another and Himself throughout this engagement season and into your marriage. He desires to build a strong foundation with Him as the cornerstone for your marriage and future to be built upon!
Many blessings to you friends! And I will see you again in August!