I’m always excited when friends get engaged…and my happiness for Jess & Heidi are no exception!! Jess & Heidi announced their engagement just after Christmas 2010, and we immediately made plans for me to take their engagement pictures when I returned to Florida in the spring (ok, I kinda begged, lol).
Jess and I have known each other for almost 6 years; we met through Emmaus, a Catholic Young Adult Group in Jacksonville. I’ve met Heidi at an occasional Emmaus meetings over the years as well but didn’t really get to know her much until she started dating Jess. Emmaus has not only been the foundation of my friendship with Jess & Heidi, but it’s been the foundation of their relationship with each other as well.
Jess & Heidi met at an Emmaus retreat in 2005. After the retreat, Heidi was so busy she couldn’t attend Emmaus meetings…so she and Jess didn’t cross paths for another two years. In 2007, they re-met during a Theology on Tap lecture, and Heidi began attending the weekly Emmaus meetings. It wasn’t long before Jess asked Heidi to be his girlfriend. Fast forward a little over three years later, and Jess asked Heidi to be his wife! (From what I hear, he was on bended knee and everything…and the bling is BIG!)
I’m so happy for them – they seem to really get along well, and they’re just very compatible in their faith & beliefs. I truly wish them all the happiness in the world. And a lot of babies!!!!!!!!! : )
We had a lot of fun at our session: being silly, making jokes, laughing our heads off…and occasionally looking at each other like someone in our group was crazy (I’m not entirely sure, but I think most of the looks were about me!!!). I left with more than few absolutely hilarious images; maybe I’ll post the “outtakes” another day. Enjoy your sneak peek, guys!