In many respects this engagement session was like many others. Special locations, colors, and hoping for the cooler fall weather. And for me, the excitement of a "date for three" where I get a special glimpse at a couple for the first time- how they interact together, what they like to do together, and what makes them special. Though occasionally prompted, I see natural moments of tenderness, respect, and great joy.
But... then there were some differences. When we begin the "location" part of the discussion, we look towards places that I have scouted that seem to fit the couple or towards special locations that have meaning. This time, the discussion was started for me when Jessi told me we were going to go to a cemetery. I thought a combination of "What?!?" and "Yes!" Weird confession: I used to have a strange obsession with taking creepy cemetery photos as a teenager, so this seemed right up my alley. It became a little more normal when I learned what a lovely property it is and how he used to go walking here- and almost proposed there! What a story would that have been?
Throw in some early fall wind. (Though as I look back on it, we blamed the wind for making Jessi's hair fly, but I think it was more of their continual laughter! Head-tossing, hair-shifting laughter.)
I'm looking forward to their wedding next spring!