Jessi + Luke Engagement | Athens Botanical Gardens

It was great to be back in Athens, my favorite classic city, for this engagement shoot. Jessi has such a caring and strong spirit and I'm so thrilled that she has met her other half. They are absolutely delightful together - height difference and all.

How did you meet?

We met through friends at a UGA tailgate (they were playing Auburn at home). Luke made the first move by asking me if I wanted to walk around and check out the other tailgates around Myers Quad!

What made you fall for him?

Well he sure is tall and handsome! ;) But for real, he was so kind to me even when we first met and genuinely cared to find out about me and my life. He has never stopped being the kindest person I know and constantly genuinely cares about my well-being and my happiness.


How and where did he propose?

I had been in full event planning mode getting ready for a birthday celebration for Luke's birthday this year! Luke had been helping the whole week getting his family farm ready for the celebration.  I was about to get off work the day before the party and I got a text from Luke asking me to please come out to the farm (about a 45 minute drive) and jump his car off because the battery died and no one else was answering. This had actually happened before so I didn't think much of it and said sure!

I drove out to the farm and pulled up, looking for Luke's truck to see where I needed to park. As I was pulling up, I saw tiki torches lining a path to the pond and bright bistro lights strung all around. It was a beautiful setup and I thought Luke did all of this for the party until he walked out from behind his truck in a collared shirt - which I thought was odd for work clothes - and told me he wanted to show me around. He had brought out our favorite dinner and prepared a campfire complete with s'mores! Once I realized this was not for the party, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. To which I replied, "Yes, of course"!


Do you have any advice for other couples?

Early in our relationship, we had to go through some of the hardest things couples have to go through and we couldn't have made it without absolute love and support from each other. Life is hard, but sometimes all your partner needs is just to know you care for and support them no matter what storms come your way.

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