Keeping the awesome coming with an adorable, giggle-filled Richmond, Virginia engagement session from What a Lovely Photo this afternoon. And talk about a LOVE STORY from this couple! It’s funny, sometimes couples write two sentences, and then other times I get novels (I love both equally). But just a warning that this one will be a bit word-heavy, as Sheena wrote a really beautiful reflection of her and Lissa’s love story!
Sheena & Lissa’s Libby Hill Park Engagement in Richmond, Virginia
From the photographer:
Bad jokes and awkward Segway tourist kept us laughing the whole time. Y’all…get ready to tear up a little, have a big smile on your face, and say “awwww” more times than you can count. Sheena surprised Lissa with a trip to Iceland recently and popped the question during their stay in Reykjavik. I love seeing other people head over heels in love, and I can’t think of a better example than these two sweethearts.
And now their love story, from bride-to-be, Sheena:
I first saw Lissa on my first day at a little hole in the wall sports bar where I was slinging drinks at for a short stint. I gawked at her the entire time, quickly turning away every time I thought she was about to look in my direction. I don’t think she noticed me at all even though she swears she did to this day. It really didn’t matter at the time, we were both unavailable.
Eight months later, she caught me staring at her from across a busy bar. I was there with two friends having a drink. Immediately when I saw her come in, I couldn’t turn away. I knew that if I didn’t say something to her my ogling was going to seem creepy. So I turned to my buddies, telling them about my plan to go talk to this stunning woman. “Oh Lissa!!! I grew up with her!!! “, my friend hollered. They both knew her!
I pleaded with them not to go into stealth wing-man mode and I headed to the bar to buy us a drink, mostly for the simple fact that I needed a little liquid courage. As soon as I walked away, my friend b-lined it to her. I turned around, drinks in tow. She was standing right there. Of course, there was the uncontrollable perma-grin introduction. We took the shots and as soon as her glass hit the bar she said, “So, you think Im hot?” Stumped and annoyed at my friend’s lack of creativity, I just said “Absolutely!” Her perfume was intoxicating. And so, I leaned into every single thing she said, for the next three hours. Unfortunately, I learned that she was at the tail end of a rocky long-term relationship. I completely understood, having gone through the same thing about six months prior. I gave her my phone number and told her that if she is ever available that she should give me a call and that was that.
Six months later, serendipity at its finest, I saw Lissa again. I was going to meet some friends and was yapping it up at a table. I had turned around to grab my drink on the other side of me and it was as if she just came out of nowhere, just talking to the same person I was just talking to! I froze. I knew that if I talked I would have stuttered horribly through some ‘Hey, how are you?s’. So in attempts of not sounding like a blubbering idiot, I gently pinched her elbow and smiled hello. Once she recognized me, I had a completely different look, up flailed her arms, spin around tornado move into I’m sure some kind of crazy yoga bend and up to an elated and surprised hello. We sat down face to face, knees interlocked and talked intently about everything under the sun for the next few hours. She asked me to dinner at the end of the night.
Click inside for the rest of Sheena & Lissa’s beautiful Libby Hill Park engagement session AND the rest of their beautiful love story