Jess & Mike | Manassas Battlefield Engagement

Moving to a new place can be downright terrifying. Heck, at the beginning of this year, I moved less than an hour away from my hometown to a city where I’m surrounded by friends from almost every part of my life and—wimp alert—I still had a few nights of crying in my room, wanting everything to feel more familiar than it did.

But there’s adventure in that unfamiliarity, too. And adventure is exactly what Jess felt when she took a job that moved her from her home and everything she knew in Michigan to Northern Virginia. It was an adventure, for sure, and the excitement of it all kept her going for the first few months. But before long, the adventure of it all became less and less novel, and a busy work schedule paired with a city full of friends she hadn’t met yet was burning Jess out. So she did what any busy girl looking for friends in a new city would do: Jess turned online. Though she was only looking for friendship when she first met Mike, they shared similar interests and she loved their time together, and before long, she found herself really liking this guy.

Fast forward a few years from “like” to “love,” and Mike took Jess on a belated birthday horseback ride, one of Jess’s favorite activities that she hadn’t been able to find much time for since her move to Virginia. They rode through the Virginia country side to a romantic picnic that had been set up just for them, and suddenly Jess realized what was happening. Taking Mike by surprise, she exclaimed, “Yes I’ll marry you!!!” before Mike could even ask the question. At least he knew he was in the clear! ;) He showed her the (phenomenal) ring, and after a moment of disbelief that it was real life, Jess quickly reaffirmed her answer. YES!

I could not have had more fun with Jess and Mike last week strolling around the Manassas battlefields during a gorgeous evening. Jess is quite possibly one of the kindest people I’ve met, and Mike loves his fiancee somethin’ fierce. You can see it in his smile, his eyes, the way he can’t look at her without a grin taking over his face. Seriously, if you’re ever in a bad mood and need to be cheered up, go spend some time with these two and you will leave knowing the world is actually a really great place. I hope y’all enjoy a few of my favorites from their session featuring the most gorgeous sunset and an appearance from Jess’ smokin’ blue mustang!

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Despite one heckuva rain storm that morning, the sunlight that afternoon was just golden!
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Less than five minutes in and this sweetness happens? I knew it was gonna be a good afternoon.
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You two are one stunner of a couple!
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MIKE! This is the sweetest thing.
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Remember that phenomenal ring I mentioned?
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And the pretty car? :)
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What. A. Favorite.

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Gorgeous, Jess!!
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We headed up the hill, and were greeted by this light…
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Goodness.

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And we’ll end with this one, dripping with all kinds of sweetness. <3
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