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Our Engagement | Lauren + Jerry | Auburn, California
It’s not everyday that I get to be on the other side of my job. Normally, my blog is about other people getting engaged and married. Well, this time it’s my turn!
On October 24, 2014, the love of my life proposed to me. We couldn’t be happier and I am so excited to spend the rest of my life with this amazing man. To see how it went down (because it is quite the story), read on!
It all started when Jerry asked me why we didn’t have any professional photos of the two of us. First off, Jerry hates getting his picture taken so as soon as he asked that question, I practically sprinted over to my computer to book a photographer. You don’t leave an opportunity like that hanging! Not to mention, here I am, a professional photographer, providing professional photos to other couples and yet Jerry and I had never had a formal session ourselves. Needless to say, after being together for over 3 years, it was time.
So that summer, I booked my favorite photographer of all time. Someone I looked up to and respected in the industry. The date of our session was scheduled for October 24th.
After that, things started to get weird. Time goes by, I don’t hear from the photographer.
More time goes by…still nothing.
Fast forward to two weeks before October 24th. I still have heard nothing from our photographer and we still don’t have a time or a location for the session.
I contacted her by email at this point and still silence. I didn’t end up hearing from her until two days before October 24th.
In that email she basically tells me that the location is up to me and that she doesn’t have time to scout anything (seriously?? I booked you three months ago!). Needless to say, I was very disappointed at the complete lack of professionalism. I won’t go into further detail about that here because this post isn’t about that, but needless to say, I did fire her.
The day I fired her was the day that Jerry had gone to pick up the ring. I had no idea about this of course, so he came home and I immediately launched on a long angry rant about how terrible this photographer was and how unprofessional she was being and how I had just sent her an email saying we wouldn’t need her services anymore.
Jerry just kind of stood there and then said he needed to have a minute in the bedroom. I was confused by this at the time but thought nothing of it. Apparently he was frantically texting my co-workers (I worked at a jewelry store at the time which is where he purchased the ring and had some help with the planning from my co-workers) about the change in plans. Luckily my friend Julia, who I had asked to do my makeup for the session, volunteered her boyfriend Gil, who is a photographer, to take our photos. I was very happy with this plan, Gil takes great photos and I was excited that it was someone we knew.
October 24th arrives and the day starts out normal enough until it’s almost time for Julia to come over to do my make up.
All of a sudden, we start hearing more sirens than I ever though it was possible to hear. They all seemed to be converging somewhere that was extremely close by our house. Along with the sirens we could also hear multiple helicopters circling overhead. Something big was going on.
Jerry had to run down to Roseville to pick up a pair of pants for the shoot so he left and I tried to figure out what the heck was going on down the street. I pulled up reports on the internet and this is the information I read. Policeman shot in Arden. Police chase heads up to Auburn area. More shots fired near freeway. Several people injured. Man-hunt is underway.
What. The. Hell. A violent and deadly man hunt is happening down the street from us. Great.
Jerry calls me and says that he keeps seeing police car after police car headed up Highway 80 towards Auburn. All counties. I told him what I read on the internet. After our conversation on the phone, I was completely distracted. I kept checking the internet for updates, wandering around the house, checking my phone (which was oddly silent – no texts from ANYONE asking if we’re okay which since I was distracted I didn’t even think about until after Jerry proposed and realized that was why – they were all texting HIM!) I got nothing done that I was meaning to get done and I was barely dressed with my hair done when Julia arrived. She had texted me on her way to my house asking what all the crazy police activity was about and the sirens and helicopters were still going strong when she arrived. It made for an eventful makeup session.
Jerry came back and got ready. I could tell he was nervous/agitated but I attributed it to the man hunt going on. I always wonder if that hadn’t happened to distract us if I would have noticed all the little signs and knew something was up. I DO know that I would have had my nails done if the man hunt hadn’t happened. I was so distracted that it wasn’t until we were walking out the door that I realized my nails weren’t done. I said as much aloud and completely missed (but was told the whole story later) the look Julia and Jerry shared behind my back which was pretty much the look of damn, nothing we can do about it now!
We walked to Old Town Auburn where we were going to take pictures and it happened to be completely deserted because of the man hunt. Go figure, everyone was being smart and staying in their homes. We had a great time taking pictures even though it was definitely a new experience not being the one with the camera. Gil was amazing and now looking back I could not picture this proposal without both Julia and Gil there to help us make it special. I looked amazing thanks to Julia’s flawless makeup skills and she was such a great help with posing us.
We ended the session in front of the Auburn Courthouse where we snapped a few more pictures and started to wind the shoot down.
We were standing in front of the courthouse chatting when Jerry suddenly grabbed my hands and said, “Now I want to do a pose of my own.” I thought I knew what that meant but of course I couldn’t be sure. All I felt was excitement and I could not for the life of me stop smiling.
He got down on one knee and it was like everything faded away and it was just the two of us. I forgot about Julia and Gil. I forgot about the man hunt. I even forgot about the helicopter that happened to be circling overhead at the time. It was just Jerry and I in that moment.
He took out the ring box from his sock (amazing hiding place by the way!) and opened it. The most gorgeous ring ever sparkled back at me but I was still only interested in Jerry. I started to tear up and he told me how much he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Then he took out the ring and put it on my finger.
I can sit here and talk about how it happened with all the lovely details but the feeling of being in that moment is truly indescribable. It was emotional and awesome and surreal. It was perfect. It was everything I had hoped our proposal would be and then some.
Well, except for the man hunt. But that’s how life goes. A day that is amazing and beautiful to one person could be absolutely terrible and tragic to someone else.
I just think it’s crazy that it just to happened to be going on down the street from us at that time!
I’m so thankful that Jerry thought about getting a photographer to capture the whole thing. I had always thought about it (obviously) but I always was of the opinion that when he proposed I wouldn’t be dressed up or have my make up completely done. I had mentioned this in the past so apparently he does listen because I was both dressed up and had my make up professionally done. Yup, I think this one is a keeper. He thought about all the details, even asking my Dad for permission to marry me which I again, had thought about and mentioned in the past but never forced on him. I always wanted the proposal to be Jerry’s thing. I wanted it to be all his idea and on his own time table. I never pushed, never pressured and never said this is how I want it done.
The wedding is the part that is usually all about the bride. The proposal in my opinion is all about the groom.
So now I’m in the midst of wedding planning! Our date is October 25th, 2015. A year and a day from when he popped the question and we couldn’t be more excited!