A message from the bride-to-be, Jennifer:
Kevin and I met on Bumble in October 2016. After a few days of us talking on the app, Kevin asked if we could meet up for brunch in Lansing. Kevin quickly charmed me with his witty humor and fun personality. The more we got to know each other, the easier it was to fall for him. I remember sitting on the beach in Miami just talking and laughing and at one point thinking “wow I could spend the rest of my life with this man.” Fast forward to now where I’ve never been more sure that Kevin is who I want to spend the rest of my days with. He brings out the best in me and is always a source of laughter and happiness. Kevin is my very best friend and I’m excited about our journey together.
A message from the groom-to-be, Kevin:
I knew from very early on that Jennifer was one of a kind. I remember being astounded from day 1 how she mirrored my personality both in quirky humor, an active lifestyle, a love for the sciences, and positive and caring nature. While I was apprehensive to fall for Jennifer right away, as my life was taking me away from Michigan (PA school in Illinois), when she said she was willing to persevere through distance, I didn’t hesitate to reciprocate my commitment.
One year later, in spite of the challenges of a long distance relationship, our relationship continued to grow. I was fortunate enough to land a clinical rotation in Michigan which would give us a 7-week break from dating at a distance. I knew that I was ready to take our relationship to the next level and this would be a perfect time. Conveniently, Jennifer had booked an hour of couples photography in Lansing MI, the very city we met and fell in love in, and knowing it would be completely unexpected, I began to scheme a proposal. The first step: buy a ring, Jennifer never hesitated to share via Instagram the ring styles she liked (literally 100’s of examples), so I had a very specific idea of what I wanted. I first asked Jennifer’s mother for her blessing ofcourse. The weekend of the proposal, we stayed with Jennifer’s best friend and her boyfriend in Lansing MI. Sunday, the day of the proposal, we ate brunch at the very restaurant we had our first date. It was hot as ever… It was 97 degrees F. As we began to walk to the daisy field for our shoot I quickly realized this location was much farther from the car than I had anticipated and my surprise picnic basket was in there! After a few photos, upon Miah’s cued line, I stood up and needed a reason to remove myself so I could grab the basket. The best thing I could think of was to fake an illness. Stating “oh… I don’t feel so good, do you think I have a few minutes?” I immediately began to run toward the car. There I was, in dress shoes, slacks, and a button-up shirt, running in the heat. I knew perspiration would be a factor, but the wheels were in motion and the plan had to be executed. The car was nearly 1/4 mile away, and upon the return trip, I felt the sweat breaking through. Right before I had reached Jennifer and Miah, before I was in sight, I stopped, collected my thoughts, and reflected on the fact that I was about to enter the next phase of my life with Jennifer, happier and sweatier than ever. I have never felt a love like I feel with Jennifer, and I know without a doubt she is my other half, whom I now feel complete with as long as she is by my side. I will love her endlessly until my dying day.
Photographer: Maria Horford