If there was one good thing about entering our fifth consecutive month of non-stop snow here in Buffalo, it was being able to give Kallie and Adam the country-themed winter engagement session that they really wanted. For all the brides-to-be who wished for a snowy, wintry engagement shoot this year--including Kallie--your wish was certainly granted! :)
We started our shoot at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. We must admit, the fields lightly covered in snow really did make for a beautiful scene.
These two met on Plenty O Fish, and after talking a few months, they had their first date. Adam says, “We had dinner, and that was enough to know that I wanted to ask her out again.” He loves Kallie’s personality. “She loves all the things I love, and she’s a country girl, farmer’s daughter.”
“His blue eyes caught my attention!” Kalle told us. “I love his smile.”
We knew it would be cold that day, but we greatly underestimated the chill from the wind that whipped through these fields! It was not to be taken lightly! So we headed for the barn in hopes of a little reprieve from the wind.
When asked about the proposal Adam said, “I feel like I knew it was the time more than she did. We always talked about 'when we're married...' I didn't feel that was official but...I wanted to surprise her.”
But Kallie caught on to Adam’s every move! When Adam’s brother got married, his family asked her to be in the family picture. His dad said, “Come on in here, you’re gonna be in the family soon!” When out to dinner shortly after, he couldn’t pick up the tab because he had just spent a lot of money on…er um, the snowmobile. Snowmobile??? “I thought, our snowmobile is not worth anything!” She says. “So after that, I knew, oh, he bought a ring.”
Adam was determined to pull off a stellar proposal at any rate, and that he did. He flew out to Portland (on three different planes) to meet Kallie, where she was visiting her sister. “I obtained claustrophobia during that flight – that trip wore me down! I thought, this is like the movies when you get off and kiss the ground! …She knew I had the ring with me, because right after I got off the plane, I said, 'You can't go in my bag! I'll unpack my stuff myself.'”
Expected or not, at the end of the trip, Adam found the perfect time and place to propose. “The last full day, we went -- me, her sister, and Kallie -- to the Kiwi Farm in Dundee Hills. I thought, ‘this is gonna be the time, because it's GOTTA BE!’ We start picking kiwis… they were perfect. You get clippers and drop them in the bucket…I gave my clippers to her sister, and I got my phone ready… So I'm hunched down low taking a picture…and I said, ‘You know what would be better?’ I pull out the ring. And she snatches it and says, ‘Of course I will!’”
After a while, we all agreed it was time to head for a warm-up at The Taste back in town. But not before stopping for a couple shots in the alley off Main Street.
The Taste has the most extensive chalk-written list of coffees, teas, and specialty drinks, and so many decadent desserts to choose from. Without too much resistance, we persuaded Adam & Kallie into sharing a piece of chocolate cake over coffee. Sweet! :)
Before wrapping up the night, of course, we had to get "one more shot" in that alley. We think it was worth it.
Adam & Kallie, thanks for a great shoot! As much fun as we had in the snow, we can't wait for warmer days ahead for your 2015 wedding at The Timberlodge!