Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Jess + Charlie

Jess and I met each other in the spring of 2003 at Wake Forest, but it wasn't until about a year later that we discovered how many interests we shared, such as running (including a love affair for the exact same sneakers, Asisics Gel Nimbus), photography, wine and epidemiology/public health. All of these similarities lead us to dub one another "matched case." (For those of you who don't share a passion for public health stats, a matched case is basically a set of people you can use to stand in for one another in research trials because of the number of shared similarities they have.)

After graduating Wake, we became closer than ever and shared the challenges, dreams and funny moments of single girls going through grad school and trying to create our dream public health careers. Along the way, we've both acquired a few degrees (me-two, Jess-seven? eight? twelve?), a few running blisters, and more than a few tales of less than perfect suitors.

When Jess met Charles, we (the "winos") had a hunch that this was it. Jess's happiness was evident, and her stories about their relationship made all of us excited that our best friend had met her matched case. After they had been dating for awhile, we began crossing our fingers that we'd be getting some exciting "news" soon.

In typical Jess fashion, I got a voicemail from her one day last fall. "Hey Megs, it's Jess. I just wanted to let you know I'm engaged. Gimme a call when you can."

I squealed. I shrieked. I jumped up and down. I could hear Jess's smile through the phone, and pressed her to tell me every detail of the engagement. I then I forced myself into her life even more by telling her I was showing up with my camera to document one of my absolute favorite couple's love story. Here are some pictures from their engagement photo shoot, taken in early May.

I think you'll see for yourself why I love this couple so very much. Even just looking at these pictures, you can tell they genuinely enjoy being in the presence of one another. Their wedding is set for October 30th, 2010 and will take place at a vineyard outside the beautiful city they met and reside in, Charlottesville, VA.

I love the sunlight in this last pic... and of course, those 2 very well loved doggies, Ivy and Ada.

~ Best wishes, Jess + Charlie! 10.30.10 ~


jesskeim said...

love you Megs!! It was such a fun day because of you being there.

Sara Logan Photo said...

these are great meg! awesome photo skillz :)

Lindsay Collins said...

You have such a great eye!