Jessica and Alex

How We Met

We met in our high school geography class, it’s pretty standard how we met, we sat next to each other and we almost instantly became friends. We were only 15 when we started dating  but we had been friends for about a year at that point. It felt like we knew each other for a lot longer though. He was and still is my best friend. We dated all through high school, prom, first days of college to the last, getting out first big grown up jobs and through many more exciting points in our lives. He’s been my rock.

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How He Asked

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I love weddings, I have a huge Pinterest wedding board, I work in the wedding industry as a wedding photographer. So a couple of months before he proposed I had been talking a lot about getting engaged, mostly just joking because I thought Alex wasn’t even thinking about proposing then. I was sending him ring photos and telling him ways that I thought would be fun for him to propose.. i.e.: Hiring a secret photographer to capture the moment. So on April 12th 2015, I had just finished work on a Sunday evening and Alex had planned to take me out to dinner. He kept telling me he wanted to see more of Ottawa, so when he told me he wanted to see this little Courtyard with a bear statue, I didn’t think much of it. As we were talking into the Courtyard, I see my photography boss ( again, didn’t think much of it) little more than two minutes later, Alex is down on one knee and I’m SUPER shocked but I very quickly said YES! He really did plan the most perfect proposal in my eyes. He asked my parents, made it a really BIG surprise and hired a “secret” photographer to capture every moment perfectly. Now to plan a perfect wedding to my perfect man!

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Special Thanks

Andrew Van Beek
Photographer