A Prince William Forest Park Engagement: Andrea + Jake

So many times I have brides call me about scheduling engagement sessions in the winter, and they always have the same concern. Won’t the pictures look awful when the trees have no leaves?” And my answer is always a resounding, “NO!”   I send them to Whitney and Ryan’s engagement session as an example, and from then on they are usually sold!  Andrea and Jason were no different.  They decided on Prince William Forest Park for their engagement session.  None of us had ever been there before, so we didn’t know what to expect.  However, the results were AMAZING, and within a very small radius, there were plenty of options for photos.  But we’ll get to that in a minute.  First, let me tell you a little bit about how Andrea and Jake met.

It was 2010 and Andrea had decided to try online dating.   And so had Jake.  When Andrea received Jake’s message on Match.com, she was very interested.  She liked what she saw about Jake online and was eager to get to know more about him.  So, when he asked her out for lunch, she quickly agreed.  However, she was so nervous about the date that she almost didn’t show up.  Fortunately, she wrangled her nerves and met Jake for the first time at Mia’s Pizza in Bethesda, Maryland.  They clicked immediately, and neither one of them wanted the date to end.  Because Andrea had to go into work later that day, they decided to meet the next day for dinner and a movie.

On date number 3, Jake took Andrea to Old Rag mountain for a day of hiking.  This date was especially adventurous when Andrea fell, spraining her ankle, and having to be escorted down the mountain by a state trooper.  Despite Andrea’s embarrassment, Andrea and Jake enjoyed their time together and decided to take their relationship to the next level.  From that point on Andrea and Jake were a couple and haven’t been apart since.

On November 24, 2013, Jake took Andrea back to Old Rag mountain.  It was freezing cold, as in 17 degrees, but that didn’t stop them.  A few friends came along, and they enjoyed a day of hiking.  At the first overlook, a friend asked them to pose for a photo on a boulder.  As soon as the shutter clicked, Jake grabbed Andrea’s hand and began to share with her just how much she meant to him.  He told her about how amazing life was with her…how loved she made him feel…how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.  Only her.  And then he asked her to be his wife.  Of course, she said, “Yes!”

It was a perfect representation of their relationship to choose this location as the location for their engagement session.  Andrea and Jake share a love for the outdoors, and the scenery was stunning.

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LOVE.

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Andrea.  You killed it.

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Oh, that winter light.

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It’s pretty clear they love each other.

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Beautiful.

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Love the black and whites.

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This may be my fav.  Gah!

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And we found a log going all the way across the stream.  Perfect.

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More favorites!

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Good job on that ring, Jake!  Gorgeous!

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Work it, Andrea.  Work.  It.

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Seriously.  Just… SERIOUSLY.

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Happy Wednesday, Friends!

M xoxo

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