Alexis and Jeff | Centennial Olympic Park | Millennium Gate | Engagement
Greetings fans! We’ve been trying like crazy to get everything on the blog blog before we leave for our first wedding on 2014 in lovely New Orleans! Today we have an adorable couple, Alexis and Jeff, at the Millennium Gate in Atlantic Station and Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. Let’s get to know this sweet couple in the words of the lovely bride!
What’s Your Story? Jeff and I met through mutual friends during the summer between his freshman/sophomore year and my sophomore/junior year. Jeff was pretty quiet the first few times we all hung out together. I was pretty sure he was overwhelmed by me. One night out on the town we started talking and I was pretty surprised to find that he knew my name. He held my hand that night as we walked down the streets of Athens and the rest is history!
How were you engaged? I did not suspect a proposal at all! We had planned to go to Blue Ridge, GA the weekend of April 19th. My grandparents were also supposed to come up Saturday to spend the day with us. The Mountains and family is something really important to me. Jeff and I had spent a lot of weekends in the mountains together. We have a pond on the property that Jeff and I love to sit by. I picked Jeff up from work that Friday so we could leave as early as possible. We had to stop at Costco to pick up crackers and strawberries for my mom on the way up. Once we left Costco, Jeff was adamant about driving the rest of the way. I thought he was being sweet and trying to save me from sitting in crazy traffic (Ahhh Atlanta – no story here starts with light traffic) so I told him I didn’t mind and I would drive the rest of the way. He ended up jumping into the front seat ahead of me, which I though nothing of. On the drive Jeff asked me to DJ- I of course played all our favorite songs. It had been a rainy day and as we got closer to Blue Ridge, the clouds began to clear revealing a beautiful sunset. As we pulled down the driveway through our pastures, there was a beautiful mist coming off the pasture and the pond and a little a nip in the air. Jeff pulled the car over by the pond and stopped. I let him know that I had to pee really bad and that we needed to keep heading towards the house. Jeff insisted that it was gorgeous outside and that we needed to go look at the pond. He turned the car off, and jumped out of the car. When I opened the door to follow him, the cool air hit reminding me even more that I need to use the restroom. I said Jeff, “I have to pee, it’s freezing, and I’m ready to see the dog… can we go up now?” Jeff said “It’s so beautiful, come here” and opened his arms for a hug. As I hugged him, I could feel his heart racing; “Your heart’s beating really fast!” He pulled back and looked at me and said goofily “…Your hearts beating really fast.” I was a little confused but kept hugging him. He then said: “You’re the most important person in my life.” To which I responded, “Aw, you’re the most important person in my life”
Jeff: “I love you more than anything in the world!”
Me: (cluelessly) “Aw, Jeff, I love you more than anything in the world!”
Then he got this weird look in his eye and took a really deep breath and said, “I can’t believe this is happening.”
Aaaaand I was still clueless….
Jeff: “I’m ready to spend the rest of my life with you”
He got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. I burst into tears. I could not believe it. We hugged , laughed and cried (and I screamed )”No way! No Way! Are you serious?!” Then he put the ring on and it was gorgeous!
Once we got up to the house my parents had champagne and cheese waiting. We called Jeff’s parents, our grandparents our siblings, our friends, our parents friends. We repeatedly said, “I can’t believe this is happening.” It was an awesome night. Because of all the excitement, I totally forgot how bad I had to pee for another 2 hours. The next day we got to spend time with the family and friends. It was an amazing and surreal weekend.
Ahh love! It’s so powerful it can even make you forget you have the use the restroom for hours. What a sweet little story of a lovely proposal! I love it when these ladies get caught off guard (I know just how you feel). Alexi and Jeff are a very special couple and we are so thrilled about their May wedding in the beautiful Atlanta Marriott Marquis. If you know Bowie and I at all, you might have a good idea that we love that hotel and have been hoping to shoot a session there soon – but a full wedding with an amazing couple – we are STOKED! Cheers!!