Michelle & Eric: Engaged, Lexington, KY Wedding photographer

Can I tell you just how excited I am to photograph Michelle and Eric’s wedding? Eric’s sister Amy was married a couple years ago and I had the privilege of photographing her wedding. I almost feel like it’s a family reunion! Gosh is this a fun couple too! They both laugh so much and are comfortable with the camera. The best part: they are so very much looking forward to getting married:) They are looking forward to a new adventure and having an adventure partner to embark with. September 9 will be a joyful day!

I asked Michelle to write a few words on how Eric proposed:

“Eric’s co-worker, Nathan, was on a business trip from Australia and wanted to take a day to visit a few of the sites in Kentucky.  Because Kentucky is known as Bourbon country, Eric and I decided it would be a great idea to take Nathan on a tour of Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles.  It was a perfect day to be there because they were celebrating the holidays with food, crafts, and free distillery tours.  I called my parents and said they should come out to see the tour since it was free. My parents declined the invite and said maybe they would come another time.  So Eric, Nathan, and I went ahead and took the tour.  When we finished, my parents were sitting in the lobby of the distillery.  I was surprised they were there because they were so adamant about not coming. They said they had a change of heart and wanted to check it out. I had a thought come over me at this point. I wondered if maybe Eric was going to propose but I brushed it off.  For one, he wanted to wait till sometime after the semester was over to propose (I had one more week) and I just figured he wouldn’t want to do it now. So I convinced myself it wasn’t going to happen that day.  I did think it was pretty weird that my parents wouldn’t sign up for a free tour. They just sat there and I remember being so frustrated that they drove all that way only to sit around in the lobby and not see the coolest part of Woodford Reserve!

After hanging out in the lobby for a little bit, Nathan said he wanted to take some pictures outside of the distillery.  So we all decided to join him.  Eric and I decided to take a picture in front of Woodford Reserve. When the picture had been taken, I tried to walk away but Eric held on to me and wouldn’t let me go. I looked over at him and could tell he was nervous. I felt his arm shaking as he held on to me. And I just knew what was about to happen! I kept saying “Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!! No way! Oh my gosh! No way!”  Then Eric told me, “Twenty-three months ago today we met for the first time. And twenty-one months ago we had our first kiss (to which my Dad had some smart remark but I don’t remember what he said!) Between then and now, we have fallen in love with each other. Michelle, will you marry me?” And he got down on one knee and pulled out the most beautiful ring ever!! I think I actually took the ring out and forgot to say yes! Haha! Eric had to ask me again and I said “Yes!!” And that is how he proposed to me!! Before we left, we went into the gift shop and bought ourselves a bottle of Woodford Reserve to keep as a reminder of our special day. They were doing free engravings that day so we had our names and the date of the engagement engraved on the bottle. My hope is that 50 years from now (God-willing that He gives us that much time), we can open up that bottle for a drink and reminisce over our lives together.”