A beautiful and modern styled engagement, Kira and Geoff’s story is one of work friends becoming best friends becoming lovers. Check out their story together and these beautiful images!
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
We actually met during my (Kira) first day of work at Google. Upon getting to work early for my first day, Geoff was the first person I met (we were on the same team!). Geoff had recently joined the company, and we ended up becoming pretty good friends over the first year and a half of working together. We became such good friends that we decided to go to Europe together and meet up with another work colleague and one of my long-time, high school best friends. Shortly after that Eurotrip, Geoff worked up the nerve to ask me out 🙂 While we didn’t start dating immediately, I loved that Geoff had become someone I could truly trust and count on as a friend and Geoff loved that we could, so naturally, spend so much time together.
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!
Over the pandemic, Geoff tried to “surprise” me by not sharing that he had picked out a Golden Retriever puppy for us to bring home in September of 2020. Although we had discussed getting a puppy, we had not agreed on an exact date. However, call it a woman’s intuition, but I knew something was up as we were getting closer to the date. He ended up spoiling the surprise, and sharing that he had picked out a puppy who also shared my same birthday (August 4th).
Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day?
On our wedding day, Geoff and I jumped the broom after we said our vows. Jumping the broom was once a symbolic way for slaves in the US to recognize their marriages. Today, many couples continue to jump the broom as a way to honor those who did it before them.
What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you?
Having all of our family and friends in one place. We recognize having that many generations in one place is not a common occurrence. It was so awesome to see the love radiate off of everyone during our ceremony and reception. It truly felt like a celebration of love.
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
Each year, Geoff and I recommit to our relationship by establishing individual and joint goals. This “tradition” began when we first started dating, and is an element of our relationship we feel embodies our values. This practice allows us to continue to grow as individuals, as well as a couple, and provides an informal structure for checking in on what we’re trying to achieve in our partnership.
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
Tasting the delicious food during our menu trial 🙂 Our menu was put together by the talented team at Bold Catering & Design. Everything was a hit!
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
I think there’s so much unnecessary pressure in the ether to have a “perfect” wedding. While weddings involve making a lot of decisions, ultimately it should come down to what you and your partner will feel represents your love and marriage. Our advice is to not get swept up in what you feel you “should” do, and instead focus on creating an experience that feels authentic to who you are as a couple.
Photographer: Perry Ann
Venue: High Museum of Fine Art – Atlanta