It’s not too often I get to do engagement photos at a wedding venue, but that is the case for Nichole and Patrick with their English Barn engagement session.
Nichole and Patrick are winners of the 2022 dream wedding giveaway, which I am so excited to be part of. The Dream Wedding Giveaway is put on annually by the English Barn in order to give a deserving couple the wedding of their dreams.
I was part of the team that selected these two out of hundreds of applicants. As soon as we read their letter, it was an easy decision. Nichole works as a respiratory therapist in the medical ICU, so she was on the ground floor throughout the COVID pandemic. Patrick is military with the National Guard. These two have devoted their lives to helping others, so it was only fair we do something to help them in return. As an animal lover, it made it an even easier decision that they attached a photo with their two doggies.
After reading through their letter, we realized they weren’t actually engaged yet. This gave Jane, the owner of The English Barn, the wonderful idea of putting together a surprise proposal at the venue. Nichole and Patrick were picked up in a limo where Nichole was blindfolded. The entire time, I could hear her ask him ‘what’s going on? Where are we?’ After the blindfold was removed, she was greeted by a room with all of their favorite people, some who came from out of town to witness this special moment.
Obviously, her answer was yes! I was there to capture the proposal, but I didn’t want to interrupt the couple for portraits, so we scheduled a separate engagement session. This is a weird situation for me because I always get to know my couples before booking. I want to make sure they are a perfect fit before the process begins, so I was a little worried that we wouldn’t vibe. But, I really hit the jackpot with Nichole and Patrick. These two are dictionary definition dream couple. They have fun together and have no problems standing in some water or walking through mud for the perfect shot.
I’m so excited to be part of this amazing dream wedding giveaway with an incredible team at the English Barn and help make these two have the most incredible wedding day ever!
– Hear from the couple –
How did he propose?
Patrick proposed in the most extravagant way, a surprise ceremony with all our friends and family. Where we also just so happened to find out we won the wedding of our dreams! (We had a pretty great photographer there that night ;))
Question for the bride: what do you love most about him?
Patrick is one of the unicorns when it comes to men. He’s so kind and so so patient. I love how much he cares for his family and that he really is the guy that’s only a phone call away. He’s seen me at my absolute worst and has loved me through it. He continues to amaze me every day we’re together.
Question for the groom: what do you love most about her?
Nichole is the most caring and selfless person, she always finds ways to make me feel special and loved everyday I’m with her. She’s there for whoever may need it without questions asked because that’s just the kind of person she is.
What’s your favorite part about wedding planning?
We….or Nichole…is a planner! So everything! Being able to sit back and think of fun and creative ideas for our guests is so exciting!
What are you looking forward to most about your big day?
The things we’re looking forward to most is being able to give our friends and family the wedding they deserve to attend. The last year and a half has not been easy on anyone so being able to throw them all a dream party for us is something they all deserve.
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