Dressed in an old Ruby’s diner t-shirt, hair in a messy bun and straight from track practice, Bethany had arrived at a home bible study. Laughter filled the room and the Happy Birthday song broke out as she looked across the room and he smiled at her. Slightly embarrassed but flattered by the serenade celebrating Dakota’s special day, the best part about it, however, was Bethany’s smile. He approached her with that smile to find out more about her. He was a little smitten. Fast forward to years later, they fell in love.
Last fall while visiting family in Wisconsin for Thanksgiving, a whole slue of relatives were gathered together around the kitchen. Bethany’s uncle asked for everyone to say one thing they were thankful for. Dakota was on deck, hands a little shaky, rocking back and forth from heel to toe. Cue the moment where he proclaimed his love for Bethany and how thankful he was that she was in his life, and how he didn’t want to live without her. As he kneeled down on his knee and pulled out a ring, Bethany’s world went into slow-mo and could only read his lips that said, “Will… Marry… Me?” Hands over her mouth, squealing with pure joy, no one actually knows what Bethany said at first! But finally after the initial shock cried, “Yes!” about a hundred times over. Shortly thereafter, Dakota pulled Bethany aside, he looked into her eyes, told her how much he loved her and there they shared their first kiss together. The kiss they had saved for this glorious day.
We had an amazing time hanging out with these two for their engagement session, they are pure joy wrapped into adorableness. Is that even a word? I don’t care. I made it up! We started in Old Town Temecula because Bethany & Dakota often go antique shopping together. Afterward we headed out to an orange grove and a big field of rolling hills. The light was absolutely stunning! And from the pictures you will experience Dakota’s smile that first caught Bethany’s eye, and the flawless delicate beauty that caught Dakota’s.
Bethany & Dakota, we are SO excited for your wedding coming up! We can’t wait to see you finally hitched and get started on your family of 12!!! :) :)