This location alongside the Little Miami River is one of my new favorites! We had a bit of a hike, but I am so glad Jimmy and Emily suggested it! Emily’s mom is a mutual friend of my aunt, and I am so glad she contacted me about photographing her engagement session and wedding. She and Jimmy are such a sweet and fun couple, and despite the fact that we were dealing with Covid-19 restrictions which caused us to have to reschedule multiple times, and my impending due date to have my baby, they were so kind. They were naturals in front of the camera, and I can’t wait to photograph their big day! We had a fun time alongside the river, then headed to downtown Mariemont to do some more photos where Jimmy proposed to Emily- isn’t that sweet?! I love when couples choose to do their engagement session in a location that has special meaning to them!
How They Met:
“Jimmy and I met through a mutual friend of ours, Mark – he was the speech pathologist I worked with in Dayton Public Schools and also Jimmy’s childhood friend. Mark pretty much played matchmaker. We all met up in the Oregon District for a couple of drinks, and later that night I got Jimmy’s phone number – we hit it off and the rest was history!”
How He Proposed:
“Jimmy and I have been engaged since March 8, 2019. I’m not partial to a “big performance” when it comes to a proposal – I’d much rather be taken completely by surprise and NOT see it coming! Well, lucky for me Jimmy did just that! It started off as a dinner date at the new Panera that just opened up down the road from us, followed by 2 large scoops of ice cream at Graeter’s in downtown Mariemont. I distinctly remember Jimmy saying “Oh man, I’m not feeling too good.” I immediately responded with “Well duh, that’s because you ate too much ice cream.” This is a common occurrence whenever we visit Graeter’s – his eyes are always bigger than his stomach. Well FOR ONCE I was actually wrong! Turns out it was nervous butterflies over what he was about to do next! After we left, instead of heading to our car to go home, Jimmy was adamant about checking out the fountain in the middle of the square. I didn’t think much of it because we always check out the fountain after we eat at Graeter’s. As we’re standing by fountain, I notice out of the corner of my eye, a couple standing beyond the trees slightly out of view, with their backs turned away from the fountain. I couldn’t see their faces but had a gut feeling that I knew who they were. The second I turned around to ask Jimmy if he knew those people, he was down on one knee asking me to marry him. I started blubbering and getting all excited! I looked up and sure enough – that couple standing by the trees were Jimmy’s good friends, Mike and his wife Jamie, snapping pictures and videos of the whole thing. It was a wonderful night that ended at 50 West with a new rock, a new fiancé, and good friends with good beer. I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal story!”