Earlier this month, I photographed Janine and Mike’s Summer engagement session at Princeton University!
These high school sweethearts met the summer after freshman year of high school at a pool party. Janine thought he was crazy, he thought she was shy. Their first date was so long ago, they don’t even remember where it was but they do know it had to be somewhere local as these two weren’t even old enough to drive yet!
Janine doesn’t think there was one moment where she knew he was the one, but a lot of little moments. She remembers looking back and realizing that Mike was at the center of every high and low she has experienced during her formative years, she doesn’t want to know a life without him.
Engaged on 04/19/2018, the proposal from Janine: “Late last year, I was looking for a new place to cross off my bucket list and asked Mike if he wanted to go to Colorado. He ended up taking the trip into his own hands, inviting 10 of our best friends and renting this amazing log cabin in the mountains. We arrived a day before everyone so that we could go on a hot air balloon. At 4:30am the morning of, Mike received a call that it was cancelled because of the weather. He seemed relatively calm about the whole thing, saying that we would just “wing it” before our friends came in. I was disappointed about the hot air balloon, but even more disappointed because I had secretively (okay not so secretively) hoped that Mike would propose and now thought I was totally off with how nonchalant he was acting. So we “wung it” all the way to Denver Botanic Gardens, where after sharing a box of high-end donuts, he got down on one knee, said something about always having a Plan B, and asked me to marry him. I hugged him for 5-minutes before I even remembered to let him put the ring on my finger.”
Janine and Mike are planning a September 2019 wedding at the Hamilton Manor and I cannot wait to document their day! When these two are not wedding planning, they like to spend Friday nights ordering in and watching SVU. If they leave the house, it’s usually to pick up craft beers or red wine depending on what they have ordered! Once married, they hope to settle down closer to the shore, crossing off more places on their bucket list, getting a Corgi, and having kids of their own!
What are you most looking forward to about your wedding day?
We both can’t wait for the moment I walk down the aisle. I think he’ll cry! And of course, we both can’t wait to be in a room full of people who have added so much love to our lives over the last 10 years.