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sarah & jeff: engaged!|portsmouth, nh wedding photographer

so, guys…you should totally pick your wedding photographer before you propose.  here’s why:

sarah went on ahead of us…she has no idea what’s about to happen! (she DID say later that we were walking along talking very chummily. :-D)

sarah & jeff are really good friends of mine. the circumstances around their wedding/engagement are pretty funny…jeff’s finishing up his PhD and just got offered a job teaching at his alma mater…so they decided in the space of about 3 weeks to get married in 2 months…the week before they move! so…they’re planning their wedding, they’ve made deposits (secured the photographer!)…and jeff still hadn’t proposed. sarah and i eat lunch every thursday, and i’ve taken to asking her every time we speak, “are you engaged yet?!” when i asked her yesterday, she said, “no. i really think he’s going to do it the night before!” i giggled in my head because *i* knew when he was gonna pop the question!

we planned to go ahead and do the engagement session anyway…which proved to be perfect timing for jeff. (and extra ironic for me! sarah and i actually discussed whether i should offer to hide in the bushes when jeff proposed…but she said she didn’t think jeff would go for it. so when i got his email a couple weeks ago suggesting that very thing, i was bemused and excited.)

she’s been wearing the ring anyway, so even though he asked for it back before kneeling…she was still surprised!

a gleeful post-engagement twirl…first it was sarah’s turn…then jeff’s!

stay tuned for a post with photos from the rest of their session!

oh oh!  additional fun trivia…like i said, they’re really close friends of mine, so when i was talking to jeff about possible locations, i said, “which beach was it where you first said, ‘i…’  wait.  am i supposed to know that?”  so, this is the beach where they first told each other, “i love you.”  even though it was a horrible, gross, grey, cloudy and cold day, it was worth it to go somewhere that had so much meaning to them together.

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Rachel19 June 2009 - 10:15

oh I know them! this is great, and I really love the photos. The blues and greys are really lovely.

Steve19 June 2009 - 10:28

These are so cute! I love the ones at the bottom where they’re picking each other up! Can’t wait to see the rest, Gwyn!

Kristi19 June 2009 - 11:40

great stuff, Gwyn! Congrats to them both!

Kristi19 June 2009 - 11:41

and you made horrible, gross, grey look MARVELOUS!!! I love the light…hmmm why don’t my shots on horrible gross days look this good?!

meg19 June 2009 - 12:14

soooo cute! the whole story makes so much more sense to me now. love it!

sarah k chen19 June 2009 - 16:34

sarah + jeff’s are awesome. 🙂 lol just had to get that in there. love your photos capturing the occasion – they’re so cute!

Jeannette19 June 2009 - 18:30

I love it!!!! you have so caught Sarah’s fun personality. 🙂 (I’d say the same for Jeff, but I don’t know him as well)

How much fun!

jess19 June 2009 - 19:23

aww how cute 🙂

Sarah20 June 2009 - 11:58

Yes, it was totally worth it. Gwyn is quite fantastic and amazing, isn’t she? It should be publicly known as well that while we were huddling under umbrellas most of the time that she was making the very wet and nasty day look beautiful, she was just getting really bedraggled. Now that’s a good friend (as well as photographer) for you.

Andrea28 July 2009 - 02:29

I grew up with Sarah…haven’t seen her since our high school graduation but remain close to the family. I loved the engagement pics and can’t wait to see all of the wedding ones.

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