I've had this post written for a week. I'm just lazy, and also couldn't get any pictures to post.
February 7th was a special day. Two of my closest friends here in Atlanta got engaged. Yay!
It was a dreary Saturday morning, when I woke up and wanted to go back to sleep since it was dark and cold outside. I was struggling to stay awake when a super fun phone call came just in the nick of time. Jonathan called to ask if I would be willing to secretly, yet not secretly, plan to take pictures of him and Gina on Feb 7th. I said sure, and he got a little quiet, contemplative. I knew what was coming, and with a huge smile that no one could see I said, "is it for what I think it's for?"
From that point on, I was sworn to secrecy, with only Rickey (the other accomplice) to speak about it with. It was HARD, oh so hard to keep the secret, especially since Gina knew it was coming in the near future and we had several conversations about it. After several, and by several I mean 5 thousand, conversations everything was planned out and ready to go. The week before, when mentioning it to Gina, she got a little camera shy and antsy and decided she didn't want to take pictures until after she got engaged. After meant never, to her, haha. Jonathan and I both freaked out for about two seconds, and then played it down as if I never knew her thoughts. She never told me no, so I was still "planning" on it.
After picking out a perfect outfit, super cute red shoes, and a colorful scarf as an accessory, the three of us headed off to Little Five Points in Atlanta. There was a festival or something going on, and it couldn't be a more perfect mid-winter day. The buildings were beautifully painted multi colors, and the people were eclectic. The pictures are so great! After busting my knee and elbow in front of thousands in the MIDDLE of an intersection, I decided it was time to leave. My elbow still hurts- two weeks later. We headed off to Oakland Cemetery for even more perfect pictures. The sun was beginning to set, and the light was amazing.
"Hurried" to get back home for the "symphony" that night, I got them in the car and we headed to "this place I had driven by the other day that looked cool"- aka The Paces House, in the Vinings. There, Rickey was waiting patiently with food prepared and the room set up. Ginathan and I wondered around the property a bit, and took more good pictures. Then, I "needed a different flash that was in the car" and started walking away from the two of them. That's when Jonathan worked his magic and proposed. He prepared dinner, a song, and even a beautifully drawn picture of the two of them. The day was PERFECT- at least in my eyes. Ask Jonathan how he thought it was, since he's the perfectionist ;).
Here are 2 of my favorite pictures from the day-- scratch that, it will only let me upload one currently. The love Gina and Jonathan share for each other, and the passion they have for leading people into communion with the Lord will never grow tired. They are sincerely perfect for each other, and I canNOT wait for them to be one, sharing everything in life together. Blessings to you two!