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lafarge lake engagement: laura&kyle

January 20, 2011


the summer went by so fast. it was a complete whirlwind.

the month was june, the setting was a church baseball game. laura arrived late [super late] and kyle was walking to his car: happened to be parked beside hers. laura took note of this new face; kyle left. later that evening, after laura & her friends had been to sunday night church, they stopped for coffee and donuts at tim hortons. when a few more people walked in, laura recognized a face. it was kyle’s face [though apparently laura called him “kevin” most of that evening, having just met him.]

that night, laura went home & did what everybody loves to do when they meet someone cute and fun and interesting. facebook creep. she was interested. a few weeks passed, kyle and laura end up hanging with a group of people at a mutual friend’s house. laura specifically remembers overhearing kyle say, “ahhh i’m not looking for anyone. i like being single.” dang. that sucks. summer went on & they saw quite a bit of each other. when i was walking and talking with laura & kyle at their engagement session this week, they both smiled when they talked about manning park. kyle said, “that’s really where it all changed for me. that trip.”

their group of friends were renting a cabin for the weekend. laura was already out in the country visiting her mom, kyle was coming from closer to the city. friends had gone ahead. laura asked kyle if he wouldn’t mind picking her up on the way… it only made sense. why two cars? he agreed. laura chatted away nervously to her mom all morning until kyle came. talking, talking, talking about everything this guy is about: finishing every sentence or point or attribute with but i don’t like him. kyle knocked on the door & laura’s heart jumped. she felt something different.

they made the two hour drive together without any silence at all: life, friendships, the Lord, their [assumed individual] futures, everything. by the time they met up with their other friends, they both felt something had started in their hearts on that drive. kyle woke up before anybody else both mornings, to make coffee and enjoy the quiet. [i love the morning: this sounds like heaven to me.] kyle turned around the first morning, not even seven o ‘clock, and found laura standing there. oh, hello.

they talked for hours, it was the drive to the cabin all over again, but this time sitting in a tiny kitchen with coffee cups in hand. laura writes about that weekend: he took me on dirt bike rides through the mountains [& let me drive!], he told me i was an amazing woman while i was drying the dishes… but oh the way he looked at me. i have never had my breath taken away the way he did when he looked at me. he sat with me in the shade when i had too much sun, he helped me lift things, he made me feel things i had never felt before.

a few days pass, back to the normalcy of their lives, back from the cabin, back to their homes. kyle calls laura, takes her out for a smoothie before a movie with friends. kyle looked at beautiful laura, admitted he couldn’t stop thinking about her, there is no other girl that makes him feel the way she does. “wow,” laura wrote to me. laura felt the same. nothing was official yet. fast forward almost a month, laura now home from a trip to mexico [they, having both missed each other like crazy] — the two of them together again.

kyle came over that night. they committed the timing of this relationship & their relationship in its entirety to God. laura & kyle wanted to know in their hearts that they were “it” for each other before they made anything official. a week later, they were boyfriend and girlfriend. august 26, 2010. she was to be his, he was to be hers. kyle leaned over to laura, i know you’re it for me. let’s do this. can i kiss you? less than four months later, they were engaged on december 14.

i couldn’t be more excited to be a part of their wedding day.

to see more of laura + kyle’s engagement session CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. Brittany Sweat

    January 20th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    adorable story! I love how the setting seems cold but the couple looks so warm and cozy!!

  2. Jackie

    January 20th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Oh my goodness, what a cute story!!! Do they need a wedding planner? :)

  3. Gail

    January 20th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Love the way you’re telling your couples’ stories these days Miss J! And that last outfit of hers just stole my little chambray-lovin’ heart!!! (I am still waiting to find the perfect chambray top myself! GAH)

  4. Nikki

    January 20th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Beautiful work! I love how you captured how happy they obviously are!

  5. Jackie

    January 20th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Ah, love this! Love these photos. Love their story. Love how you wrote this one out. I’m wanting more! Can’t wait to see their wedding and hear how God continues to touch and bless their lives!

  6. {andrea}

    January 20th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I adore their story. Plus they are just too darn cute!!

  7. Lydia

    January 20th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    They are so cute together, and that 5th picture is adorable!!

  8. Michaela

    January 20th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    OH MAN!! Those photos are stunning, Jamie! Holy smokes! And their story is incredible. Love, love, love. <3

  9. Daniele

    January 20th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Loving all your your works, Jamie!Everytime they get more and more inspirational to me! Thanks for sharing! ^_^

  10. Hannah Nicole

    January 20th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Absolutely gorgeous…so stinking stunning! :)

  11. Rachel Clarke

    January 20th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Looooove these! Her scarf is so cute! :D What lens do you use for the majority of your engagement sessions?

  12. Marryam

    January 20th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    gorgeous photos, and such a beautiful story!!

  13. maggie fortson

    January 20th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Stunning. cutest couple!

  14. Faith

    January 20th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    This post is simply wonderful… the pictures are amazing and the story is so beautifully written. :) Love it.

  15. Steven Barks

    January 21st, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Aww! I love the story! One of my favourites in a very long time. If they put it into a movie, I would go. Very exciting to see how God works in really unique ways for every person

  16. Naomi

    January 21st, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Oh, she’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL bride. And I LOVE their story – that’s a relationship to learn from! :) Stunning pictures, Jamie, as always – last but one is my favourite!

  17. Charla Freeman

    January 22nd, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    What a beautiful story for a beautiful friend. I am so happy for you Laura, you truly deserve it. The pictures show your love for eachother in such a simple way- love them!

  18. Grama

    January 22nd, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I love the pictures and the story. You both look so happy and in love. The answer to many prayers for you both I’m sure. May God bless you both, now and forever!!!

  19. Chiaki Suzuki

    January 22nd, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    These amazing pics show what they are. beautiful.

  20. Elizabeth Price

    January 22nd, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    great pictures, awsome photography romantic story Blessings on their marriage. too God be the Glory

  21. lorne

    January 23rd, 2011 at 12:00 am

    what a great story, but cmon bro , whats with the purple shirt ; )

  22. Rachelle

    January 23rd, 2011 at 9:19 am

    What beautiful pictures and a perfect way to capture and keep your courtship forever!!! Congratulations to you both!! God Bless.

  23. Mary Catherine Villasenor

    January 23rd, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I love these beautiful photos! They capture it all: Vivid, Fresh, Sweet, Pure Love! Wishing you both much happiness!

  24. Ruth and Michael

    January 23rd, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Beautiful photos, beautiful people, and a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing :)

  25. Monica

    January 23rd, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Beautiful people make beautiful couples who makes beautiful pictures with Beautiful Love comes a Beautiful Life – All the best.

  26. mhora ogmundson

    January 24th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Rarely have I smiled from beginning to end when I have looked at one of these, but this was so special to view. I wish you much happiness on your wedding day and through your life.

  27. Rachelle

    February 2nd, 2011 at 1:39 am

    What beautiful pictures and a perfect way to capture and keep your courtship forever!!! Congratulations to you both!! God Bless.

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