Sarah + Jacob : Promised |Springfield Engagement and Wedding Photographer

October 27, 2015

Friends, writing about the engagement of a girl I have known, taught, and absolutely adored since she was FOURTEEN is proving to be a little challenging for me!  I am not sure I will be able to hold it together at their May 2016 wedding!  Sarah is just so so special to me.  As a student, she was one of the kindest, sweetest, and DEFINITELY most hard working students I ever encountered.  She is hugely talented in the fine arts, and very intelligent.  She thinks about everything she does, and wants to do things the best she can.  But she is so much more than all of those qualities- she is just an absolutely lovely person who has become such a big part of my family.  My children adore her, she has spent a lot of time babysitting especially my older, who is going to be the ring bearer in her wedding (you’ll find me at the front BAWLING!!)!  She is just so dear to me and has worked her way into my heart in so many ways over the past 9 years, filling my heart with endless memories of her.  I could not adore anyone more, and I just knew all along that she deserved just absolutely the BEST man.

And she found him in Jacob!  Equally smart and well versed, they love many of the same things.  And he ADORES her.  Sarah is vibrant and mostly super well mannered, but can have her moments of just really telling you like it is, which I love about her.  She appears super formal, and mostly is. But once you get to know her, she is hilarious and humorous.  And Jacob is quiet, and takes it all in, and watches her and compliments her so well.  He is a listener, he thinks before he speaks, and he brings a calm to every situation. I like being around people like that for sure.

I have seen Sarah through a few relationship ups and downs, but as trite as it sounds, everyone who knows and loves her knew Jacob was it when they met.  She was done looking, and I am so so glad they found each other.  We started their engagement at a book store, the place they had their second date. Sarah said they wandered through the small rooms and read and talked and laughed for hours. I can totally picture it, and LOVED photographing them here!

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I love you guys so much and am just so thrilled for you! Enjoy the slideshow, I know you have been patiently waiting for this!  Full gallery soon! <3<3


  1. Julie Klebe

    October 28th, 2015 at 4:48 am

    Oh my gosh!! I’m not sure which I love more, the photos or your beautiful writing about them! Thank you so much for capturing these memories, they are wonderful!

  2. Misty Adams Christensen

    October 28th, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Love the library photos!!! And her ring her gorgeous!!!!!

  3. Cinnamon Ruvolo Wolfe

    October 28th, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    looooove this location for a session. And their outfits are so perfect to. You did a great job capturing their personalities and their love!!

  4. Candi Leonard

    October 28th, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    these are awesome! And they are such a cute couple!!!

  5. Nikki Trent

    October 28th, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Beautiful! Their love radiates!

  6. Jennifer Slater

    October 28th, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Ohh how sweet! Beautiful capture!

  7. Brittani Miller McFadden

    October 29th, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Love this! I love that the bookstore has such an important meaning to them and that you were able to include it! 🙂

  8. Leslie Hogenes Lejcar

    October 29th, 2015 at 6:01 am

    What a beautiful story!! and great images!! I love her “wrinkled” nose smile 🙂

  9. Ashley Durham

    October 29th, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    How fun and romantic!!

  10. Jan Waller Eaton

    November 2nd, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I so agree with Julie Klebe Sarah’s mom. Beautiful pics and beautiful words…………you really did capture Sarah’s spirit!

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