May 8th, 2010
Laura and Dan, I can’t say enough good things about them. They’re so down to earth and kind and they’re both from small towns which I instantly relate to. I knew we clicked when we first met to discuss their October wedding. And then when Laura emailed about her idea for the engagement session, well let’s just say I couldn’t wait for spring to arrive!
Let me share what she sent when I asked the best way to document their story together . . .
“Dan proposed while we were fishing at Lake Zorinsky. He had spent the spring and summer convincing and reassuring me that it would be fine to put the wiggly worm on the hook.:-) So, imagine my surprise when I went to bait the hook and found a diamond engagement ring instead! I chose the ring rather than a worm and the rest is history! Anyway, if we could ‘go fishing’ that might be a nice, scenic opportunity to tell our story.”
The day we met for our “fishing trip” was a tad windy but we made the best of it. The wind just enhanced Laura’s beautifully curled hair in my opinion. She got a chance to show off her girly-girl side by wearing a cute spring dress for the first portion of the session.
After a quick wardrobe change we set off to the area of the lake where Dan proposed to Laura. Dan carried the small styrofoam container of worms and Laura carried her fishing pole. It had just the slightest bit of pink coloring on the handle and reel, perfect for her!
As you can see, Laura was a trooper and retrieved a worm out of the box. With a smile on her face and me laughing in the background she then proceeded to twist it into a smaller piece and thread it on the hook all by herself. That girly-girl definitely has a tough side. I asked if she could take the fish off the hook once she caught it and she said she’s still working on that. I instantly remembered fishing with my Uncle and how he told us we weren’t really fishing if we couldn’t put the worm on the hook and then take the fish off by ourselves. He had these plastic fish grippers he always let me use. I think I’ll have to get a pair for one of Laura’s upcoming wedding showers!
I really enjoyed hearing how often these two go fishing together. Laura said Dan has been teaching her how to cast and that he’s very patient with her. You can see how much they enjoy being with each other.
One last photo before we headed back to our cars. Laura and Dan, thanks for having me along on your evening fishing date. It was a good time getting to know you both more and learning about worms, lines and lures.
I love that you have this tradition that you share and it’s already set in place before you’re married. When life gets crazy I know you’ll just grab your fishing poles and head to the lake to remember what’s most important in life . . . each other. You are two amazing people whose lives have intersected perfectly and you’re planning to spend the rest of it, side by side with a box of worms between you. I’m honored to be part of your day this coming October and I’m happy to call you friends.