April 27, 2012 / 1 Comment
We interrupt our spring 2013 bridal fashion coverage on this Friday to share a romantic engagement session by Jessica Janae Photography with all you lovely readers. The beautiful blonde you’ll see in these photos, Elora, just so happens to be a former intern at Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom magazine!
While interning with the mag, Miss Elora assisted us on photo shoots, helped us write articles, and spent many hours on the phone fact-checking sources. She even took one for the team and signed up to get a spray tan to research the beauty procedure for brides-to-be (tough gig, we know). During her internship, she was finishing college and planning her wedding to now-hubby Tony.
When we saw the duo’s engagement photos, we knew we had to spotlight them on the blog. Check out their photo shoot, and read on for the inspiration behind their shoot and their oh-so-sweet proposal story!
Elora shares the details of how Tony proposed and the couple’s inspiration for their engagement photos:
I wish I could tell you a story of the most romantic meeting ever, but the fact is Tony and I were set up by a mutual friend. We are grateful to her, though! She originally had me set up with one of Tony’s friends, but as fate would have it I ended up on a blind date with Tony instead. I wasn’t too optimistic because the day before the date he called to give me the details, and before hanging up he said, ‘See you tomorrow. Keep your hopes low.’ Luckily, the date went better than either of us had anticipated.
Tony proposed at his home in Texas. At the time, I was in NYC doing an internship, and after that was finished I was going to London for another internship. Tony decided he would fly me out to Texas to stay with him and his family for a visit. When I got to his house he asked me if I wanted to go on a walk. We walked around his neighborhood for awhile (southern nights are so romantic) and went back to his house. When we walked into his backyard it was quite a magical sight: The yard was covered with candles, lights strung from the trees, and there was a fire going. We sat down on a bench (which I later found out Tony made just for the occasion), and I asked him if his backyard always looked like this. He said only for special occasions. Even then, I had no idea what was going on. Then he got down on one knee, said some sweet things, I said yes, and then his sister appeared with my favorite kind of cupcake. The cupcakes were a very nice touch if I do say so myself.
For our engagement photos, we really wanted quality pictures so we decided to hire Jessica Janae Photography–she is one talented woman! I have been in love with antique and vintage things ever since I was in junior high school, so for the engagement shoot I wanted a location that was old, charming, and romantic. After talking to Jess, we decided Wheeler Farm was the perfect location. Haystacks, old buildings, and beautiful scenery all worked together to create a very sweet photo shoot. I especially loved the old home on the property–it reminded me of the house Noah rebuilds for Allie in ‘The Notebook,’ and what girl doesn’t love that movie?
Elora and Tony were married in February–congratulations you two!
Thank you Elora and Tony for sharing your engagement shoot with us, and thank you Jessica Janae for sharing the photos!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!