When we discussed locations for Claire & Joseph’s engagement session, they knew they wanted to document their story in a place that is meaningful to them. They came up with the brilliant idea to fly me to Wisconsin to photograph their engagement session at the beautiful campus where they first met. I couldn’t have picked a more perfect place myself.
Nashotah House is a small seminary set in these magical, lush woods just outside Milwaukee. Everything was so green and peaceful. I wanted to stay there forever! While in the area, I had the pleasure of photographing not one but two portrait sessions with the coolest couples. Plus, we had so much fun together that it didn’t even feel like work at all!
It was refreshing to explore a new place and to meet wonderful people. I am so excited to photograph Claire & Joseph’s wedding in Arlington, Texas this weekend!
Claire shared a bit about their journey and their excitement in the days leading up to their wedding. In her own words:
How did you two meet?
Joseph was a friend of my brother’s at Nashotah House, so we met a few times last summer because he was involved in Sam’s wedding. We didn’t really start talking until I went to visit Nashotah for my birthday weekend back in October! He was definitely my CFA (crush from afar), so I was so excited when we kept talking back and forth after my trip up there. Things moved pretty quickly from there!
How long have you been together?
Joseph and I officially started dating in October of last year, and we got engaged after only 4 months of dating! When we celebrate our one year of being together, we will have already been married for two months (haha).
How did the proposal go?
Joseph and I were both coming to Dallas for one weekend in February to be with our families. My flight got in late Friday night of that weekend, and Joseph was going to pick me up from the airport. I had a feeling that the proposal would be that weekend, but I did not think it would be that night! He picked me up at the airport with flowers, and even though he seemed to be acting a little strange, I didn’t suspect anything until he suggested we drive to the gazebo by our house where we had walked to a few times together. When we pulled up, there were twinkle lights all around and a pew set up in the middle, so I knew it was happening at that point. After a few tears (on Joseph’s part), he told me all kinds of sweet things and got down on one knee. It was perfect! After saying yes (of course), we danced to our song, La Vie en Rose, and headed back to my house where all of our family and friends were waiting to celebrate us. It was the perfect evening!
Who picked the ring?
The ring was all Joseph’s doing! About a month into dating, Joseph contacted my mom about an antique jewelry store that I had mentioned our family went to during our yearly summer vacation to Estes Park, Colorado. I had a diamond ring that my parents gave to me when I was 16 that had (luckily) lost a diamond and was at home waiting repairs, so Joseph collaborated with the Estes Park jeweler, my mom, and my sister to piece together the perfect engagement ring! The setting is an antique setting from that jewelry store, and the two side diamonds are from the ring my parents gave me. So much thought and attention went in to the ring, and I love it so much!
What do you love about Nashotah?
Joseph and I are so excited to be spending our first year of marriage together in Nashotah, Wisconsin. Joseph will be in his last year of seminary at Nashotah House, so I am glad to be joining in his journey to the priesthood before we are, God-willing, sent to a parish in the diocese of Fort Worth. We loved that Ranjani was willing to travel up to a place that means so much to both of us! We love the tranquility and beauty of Nashotah, and absolutely love our engagement session there.
Any other details/stories/trivia about yourselves to add?
Fun fact about Joseph: He has played the bagpipes since middle school! (And he is darn good at it, too.)
Was there anything you particularly enjoyed about your experience with Ranjani Groth Photography?
Joseph and I loved how flexible and laid back our portrait experience was. Ranjani was so willing to explore Nashotah with us and take all kinds of pictures. We laughed a lot, and overall just had a lot of fun!
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