Caleb and Jenn were friends for 4.5 years before they started dating, and I have to tell you, this shows in the best way!
I had so much fun hanging out with this darling couple on a beautiful Monday evening in July, and I’m thrilled to share their engagement photos at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville, Indiana on the blog!
Now, before you check out their engagement photos, I can’t help sharing a bit of Caleb and Jenn’s story with you.
You see, for 4.5 years, Jenn and Caleb were friends, coworkers, and even neighbors. (They both work for Northview Church and happen to live in the same apartment complex!)
So much of their lives were intertwined, but neither saw the other romantically. Well, until Caleb showed up at Jenn’s door a few days before Christmas and asked Jenn if they could go on a date.
Jenn was shocked, and while she only saw Caleb as a friend, she agreed to go on a couple dates, because she knew how wonderful Caleb was. According to Jenn, “A good guy was asking me out, so I decided to give him a chance.”
According to Jenn and Caleb, their first two dates were a little awkward mostly because they were trying to be both cautious and intentional. Because they were friends and coworkers, they didn’t want to put one another in an uncomfortable situation if the relationship didn’t work out.
Jenn’s boss knew that Jenn and Caleb had been on a couple dates, and he asked Jenn how things were going. She more or less said, “It’s a little weird, and while we’ve talked about it, neither one of us really knows where this is going.”
Thankfully, Jenn’s boss gave her some really great advice. He said,”Jenn, you’ve got a good, solid Christian guy pursuing you the way you’ve dreamt of. Regardless of what the future has to hold, be present, stay in the moment, and don’t get ahead of yourself. Have fun!”
So, that’s what Jenn and Caleb did. And, just 4.5 months later, they were engaged!
Jenn and Caleb did an incredible job telling their story on their wedding website, which you can check out here if you’d like to read more!
Now, once Jenn and Caleb were able to relax a little bit and find their stride, they quickly realized that they were God’s plan for one another and started talking about marriage.
They talked about rings, a potential wedding date, and where they were going to live (They’re moving to a two-bedroom in the same complex they’re already in!), and Jenn anxiously waited for the question to be popped.
One Sunday, Caleb asked Jenn if she’d like to go to Newfields in the afternoon.
“This is it!” she thought.
She got dressed up, and while she was trying not to get too excited, she wanted to be prepared for cell phone photos in case Caleb put a ring on her finger.
However, on the way there, it started to rain and Caleb told Jenn how he’d gotten free tickets to the museum, so he thought they might as well use them.
“Oh,” Jenn thought. “It isn’t happening today. This is just a date.”
Disappointed but trying not to be sad, Jenn got quiet. She left her jacket in the car thinking, “Well, it doesn’t matter if I get rained on now.”
As they walked, Caleb noticed something was off. He stopped Jenn and asked, “Are you okay?”
Poor Jenn felt bad about being disappointed, but not wanting to lie, she explained how she thought that that day might be the day, and she couldn’t help getting a little teary eyed.
While this was happening, Caleb was trying to both maneuver Jenn’s body to a different angle and make her feel better.
Then, Caleb got down on one knee and asked his long-time friend to be his wife while a photographer friend hid and captured the sweet moment!
Way to go, Caleb!
Jenn and Caleb got engaged in May 2021 and will become husband and wife in October 2021. As a result, they got to planning and booking their wedding vendors quickly! (Jenn’s also an event planner for a living, so she’s very on top of things!)
With their wedding date quickly approaching, Jenn and Caleb wanted to get their engagement session in ASAP, so we got them scheduled for a Monday evening in early July.
When I start talking to VRP couples about their engagement photos, one of the first things we discuss is the location they’d like to use. If they don’t already have somewhere in mind, I ask couples what kind of location they’d like to use (urban, nature-like, classic, etc.) and send them a list of locations I recommend.
Jenn and Caleb said that they wanted to use a location in the Indy area with a lot of nature. So, I sent them links to some of my favorite photo locations, including Coxhall Gardens, Holcomb Gardens, and Holliday Park.
While they were willing to make these locations work, they just didn’t love any of these options. Thankfully, my good friend Sarah of Sarah Elizabeth Photos knew of the perfect Nobleville location—Strawtown Koteewi Park!
Between the water, the trees, and the lovely tall grasses, this location was a photographer’s dream, and—I hope—everything that Jenn and Caleb were dreaming of!
I had an amazing time exploring this new photo location and hanging with Jenn and Caleb, and I cannot wait to get them in front of the camera again on their wedding day!
Jenn and Caleb, between your love for Christ and your enneagram two dispositions, you’re both such kind, wonderful, fun people. I was excited for your wedding after our virtual coffee date, Jenn, but after getting to spend an hour and a half with you, I cannot wait for your wedding at The Sixpence to arrive! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for trusting me to be your wedding photographer.
Your full gallery will be ready very soon, but in the meantime, I hope you love these previews from your engagement photos at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville, Indiana!