We are kicking off our Wedding Wednesday series with the most beautiful Clemson engagement photos. We are so excited to have the opportunity to share these with you today.
Our proposal was on June 15th, 2012. Lauren and I had been together for more than seven years at that point and I think we both knew this day would inevitably come. Obviously I knew it would come quicker than she did!
Since our first kiss back on Halloween 2005, we’ve truly had an amazing relationship full of love, support and great times together. Unbeknownst to Lauren, I asked Don (her father) for Lauren’s hand in marriage a few months before the actual engagement when we were visiting her family up in Lancaster, PA. I knew, from there, the hardest part of the proposal would be keeping the secret when both of her parents knew ahead of time.
As soon as I got home to Jacksonville from Lancaster, I started planning how I wanted to ask Lauren to marry me. From the start, the one thing I knew was that Lauren would want to celebrate this special occasion with her family so the first order of business was getting her parents plane tickets to “secretly” fly down for the engagement. I told my parents to do the same.
On the night of the engagement, Lauren and I both came home from work and got dressed and I drove her downtown to the Landing where I told her I made a reservation at a restaurant that she’d never been to before. I told her that we were running a little early so let’s take a walk along the river since it was such a beautiful night out. We walked for a little while and then sat down on a bench where I decided to get on one knee and ask her to marry me.
About an hour later we stopped for dinner at The Capital Grille. Before we went inside, I pulled the driver aside and told him he needed to go pick up our friends that were waiting outside my apartment complex for him. After dinner, we walked outside The Capital Grille; Lauren looked up and saw all of our Jacksonville friends standing by the limo with signs and drinks ready to celebrate. The rest of the night is a haze that was full of great times with great friends around the city of Jacksonville.
Swoon! We love the proposal stories - these Clemson guys really know how to romance Clemson Girls! :)
The couple have a very special place in their heart for Clemson. Clemson was the start of their dating years (7 years to be exact!), where they participated on the swim team, where they met new friends and created memories that will last them a lifetime. Both Andy and Lauren came from up North to go to school down South. The family atmosphere, beautiful campus, and friendly locals were a huge draw for both of them and made them feel like we were at home. The couple are so passionate about Clemson and although we they no longer live in South Carolina, they still make a point to make it back to Tiger Town at least once a year!
Red Apple Tree Photography. Lauren told us, "Photographers Crystal and Keith were AMAZING and so easy to work with and we recommend them to any newly engaged couple!"
Did you have your engagement photos taken in Clemson? Are you a photographer who has some amazing Clemson engagement or wedding photos you would like us to share? If so, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org -- we would love to feature your photos in a future Clemson Girl Wedding Wednesday!