Ron + Lauren {Frederick Engagement Photography}

"I miss you a little, I guess you could say 
A little too much
A little too often
A little more every day "
john michael montgomery
"I didn't really want to go... I didn't know anybody," Ron explained.

"And I didn't want to go.  
I just wanted to stay home." 
Lauren also explained.
But somehow they ended up at a mutual friends wine tasting dinner,
just two seats from each other.
And that night they talked for... a while.
This talking included sparks.
And we all know what sparks mean:
After their sparkly conversation,
Ron drove straight to his good friend, Paul's, house.
"You need to make good on all your promises!
Set something up where I can hang out with Lauren!"
You see,
Paul and Ron were best buds.
Paul's wife Lauren and Single-wine-tasting Lauren were best buds.
And the married folk thought these two single folk would be GREAT together,
and it had been hinting at it for a while.
But nothing had come of it,
until Ron surprisingly met the wonderful little blonde at a dinner he didn't want to attend.
And there were sparks...
...Which led to "making things official" a few weeks later.Photobucket
He barely knew Lauren,
but he was sure of this:
He wanted to get to know her.
Cause dang'it he liked the girl!
And she liked him too.
For six months they dated,
which to them was "becoming friends."
"Usually we got something to eat,
then would go to Borders and talk and talk and talk."
"In the Children's Section!  Cause all the kids are asleep,
so that area is empty."
Lauren's dad asked that they just spend a good amount of time having fun, talking and, well, being friends! before things got "serious."
So that's what they did.
But somewhere around the six-month mark,
Lauren went away.
But don't worry,
it was just a vacation to Italy.
She didn't leave him :D
However, those 11 (or 12, depending on who you ask... "It was 12.  I count the day she left as a day without her.") days were HARD for these two dating-friends.
"I was in the most beautiful place in the world,
with my two best girl friends,
and all I wanted to do was go home and be with Ron.
I couldn't stop thinking about him.
I never wanted to be apart from him again.
He wrote me a letter for each day I was gone,
and the last one made me cry and cry."
While she was gone, everything "confirmed" for Ron too:
He wanted this girl,
and he didn't want to let her go. Photobucket
At this point, it was the summer and they both "knew" they wanted to get married.
But they also knew they had a lot of work to do to be ready for that.
Conversations, questions, growing, learning, waiting - there was still work to be done. Photobucket
(ps. I just love me a good "size difference" in a couple. 
Lauren looks adorable next to her big man.) Photobucket
I respect them for not just running away with their feelings,
but being careful and wise.
Waiting for the right time to get engaged.Photobucket
But, you know how it is, at some point in your life you are apart...
... and the only thing that even comes close to making sense,
is being together.
So at the right time,
Ron took out Lauren's parents for dinner,
to ask for their daughters hand. Photobucket
"I love your daughter with all my heart,
and I can't imagine my life without her,
and I want to marry her.
Do I have your blessing?" Photobucket
Lauren's mom was so cute.  The first thing she said back was: 
"Can you just say that again?"
:D Photobucket
But the parents said "yes!"
And there was just one person left to ask. Photobucket
In a very sweet, private, "them" moment,
Ron invited Lauren over to help him decorate his Christmas tree.
They pulled out the last box of "ornaments"...Photobucket
... but inside was a ring.
And he asked if they could be together forever.
And always decorate their tree together.
And vacation together.
And eat meals together.
And go to wine-tastings together,
or stay home together.
But would Lauren marry him? Photobucket
She said no.
She said YES! And they are getting maaaaaarried.
"Hey Ron, can you look at Lauren."
"Yes. Yes, I can.
And for the next 50 years?
Yes, I can."
Lauren giggled and said, "What about seventy-FIVE years?!"
"Yes, I could do that too."
What about a HUNDRED years?"
"Mmhhmm. We'd be old." Photobucket
Congratulations Ron + Lauren!
I'm so looking forward to your wedding and lifetime together :D Photobucket
Yay! Photobucket
ps.  Ron wasn't... thrilled?... about pictures,
but he was such a good sport.
"Just an excuse to be close to my girl."
Amen, brutha.
But he did get high-fives when he was done ;) Photobucket
And some more hugs.
Cause they still have those dang' sparks
:D Photobucket


  1. Yupyup. I just plain like this post. :)

  2. Oh my goodness... I love this. I love the pictures. I adore the words and story. I laughed out loud at what her mom said. I respect them for their patience. And that he honored her by asking her parents.
    And, I want my hair to look like hers :)
    Thank you for putting so much time in this post to share their story Kristen.

  3. i love this kristen. what a cute cute couple. they seem so fun. i love their story.

  4. They are SO sweet! And I loved reading their story :D

  5. I love love LOVE this. They are too dang sweet! And their story was so adorable. What a cute couple. LOVE the photos. :)

  6. This is my favorite engagement shoot you've done yet. but i'm biased cuz she used to be my cg leader assistant :)

  7. I like how you wrote the words - like a freeverse poem and the photos are great as well. :)

  8. love love love love this!!! beautiful couple, beautiful story, beautiful pictures. wonderful job kristen!!!!

  9. Hey there, Kristen! Thanks so much for stopping by Jenna Sais Quois! I hope you come again soon. I am excited to see more of your beautiful photography!

  10. Adorable couples and stories just make my entire day's events minimize and I think, "awwwwww... I love love."

  11. So sweet.
    And I love your bloggy too. :)

  12. Aside from my engagement photos, this is my favorite post you have ever done. :D

    Isn't Lauren so stinkin' gorgeous?? It must have been so easy to take pictures of her :)

  13. Everything about this post is wonderful!

  14. You did a beautiful job writing this post. I loved reading their story. Her hair is amazing, and they are SO ADORABLE!! The pictures are so so cute. :)


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