ENGAGEMENTS | Patrick & Rebecca – a rustic fall Lynchburg session at the lakeside

I’m super excited to share this sweet engagement session on the blog!  Patrick and Rebecca are absolutely adorable together and I had so much fun at their session last fall!  We met at Ivy Creek Park here in Lynchburg, VA (quickly becoming one of my favorite places to shoot!) for the rustic lakeside backdrop and fall foliage!  I will photograph Patrick and Rebecca’s wedding in just a few short weeks at the Trivium Estate here in Forest, Virginia.

I want to come aside my couples in telling their love story!  Starting with my 2015 wedding season, I will be including their stories in THEIR words – sharing about how they met, how the proposal went, what they love about each other, how they made decisions for their wedding day, just to name a few! So read on to find out more about this sweet couple!

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Patrick and Rebecca in a rustic session with fall colors and red plaid.

How did you meet and how long have you dated?

We met through mutual friends (his roommates) in August 2012 and have been dating for a little over two years.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Strolling through the woods and looking at nature.

Where was your first date? What did you do?

Our first date was on February 16, 2013. After going to a hockey game together on a Saturday night with some friends, he and I then went out to dinner together at Macado’s. A few days later, he called my dad to ask for his blessing and we “officially” started dating.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Holding on to each other and gazing into each other's eyes.

How did he propose?

In June 2014, Patrick and I took a road trip up to northern Wisconsin to spend vacation with his family. They had rented a lake house for a week on Little Saint Germain Lake. On the afternoon of the last day that we were staying at the lake, he asked if I wanted to go out on the boat. He then rowed us out to a little secluded island in the middle of the lake. Just a minute or two after we got out of the boat he got down on one knee and popped the question! About a half hour later, we went back to the house and surprised his family with the news!

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Kissing on a path in the woods and princess cut diamond ring on white wildflower.

What are your favorite things to do together?

Outdoorsy activities (hiking, etc.), watching movies, cooking, going to sporting events, various games (cards, etc.), hanging out with friends, going on walks.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Sitting in the fallen leaves and walking through the fall scenery holding hands.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Smiling while hugging each other in front of a lake with a house in the background.

Any funny stories about yourselves?

On the way up to the lake in Wisconsin where we got engaged, we decided that it would be a good idea to drive instead of fly to save money. To save time, we also decided that we would make the trip without stopping other than quick gas and food stops. By the time we got there we had been in the car for 24 hours straight and by the time we finally went to bed, we had been awake for 40 hours. You could say we were getting pretty delusional at that point!

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Embracing on an aged bridge in the woods.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Standing on either side of the bridge gazing at each other and grasping her close while his hand is in his pocket.

What kind of job do you both have?

I am a writer/editor at a non-profit called International Christian Concern. He is a supervisor at a plastics manufacturer called Tessy Plastics.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Princess cut engagement ring sitting on a rock and sitting on a fence while he holds her up.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Sharing a kiss while sitting on a fence in front of a lake. She is wearing a bold pink cardigan while he is wearing a blue button up shirt.

Do you have everything in common or do you have things that you can’t agree on but poke fun about?

We are pretty similar about most things but joke with each other about different habits all the time.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Embracing from behind on a dock in front of a lake.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Cradling her in his arms from behind while the picture is focused on the band signifying their commitment to each other.

GROOM: What things do you love the most about her?

Her kindness, compassion and how she brightens a room whenever she enters. She draws me closer to God and she is a great partner for life.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. A low shot of a quick peck between the couple on a rustic background.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Lying in the yellow and brown leaves while they exchanged a kiss and snuggled close to each other.

BRIDE: What things do you love the most about him?

I love that he constantly inspires me to be a better person. He is one of the most Godly, generous, and kind-hearted men I have ever met, yet he is so humble that he never seeks to take the credit for it. He is incredibly hard working and I know without a doubt that he would do anything to protect and provide for me. He is also so hilarious and always keeps me laughing.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Peering over the pond while she squeezes him from behind.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Relaxing in the leaves while watching each other.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. She is perched on an wood fence while they stare into each others eyes with their foreheads pressed together. He holds her close from behind while the look to the side.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Standing on either side of a red lifesaver while he grabs her hand. She puts her arms around his neck while pressing the sides of their faces together.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Putting her hand on his chest while gazing at the ring as he looks at her. Draping her arms around him as she stares at the camera while he watches her.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Princess cut diamond ring hanging from a red fall leaf. He pulls her close while they stare into each other's eyes.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Sitting and laughing in front of a blue wooden door. She lays in his lap while they look at each other. She is wearing a white lace top with a brown cardigan and he is wearing a red and gray plaid shirt.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Resting on the side of the road in front of a purple flowering bush while they hold hands and smile at each other.

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