Oh my heart, do we have some sweetness heading your way! Long days make for incredibly early mornings if you’re trying to catch the sun’s first light trace upon a new day, but my goodness is it worth it! Photographer Justine Wright sought to capture this loveliness with a couple whose affections shine equally as golden, in Jessica & John’s adorable sunrise engagement session—how incredibly delightful are they?!
From the photographer, Justine Wright:
“John and Jessica are such a lovely, laid-back couple… it was only fitting that their engagement session have the same relaxed (and elegant) vibe!
Originally, we weren’t sure that we could make an engagement session happen, as I was in between a big move and Jessica’s fiancé, John, was also getting ready to move cross country. That being said, somehow the stars aligned and we were able to connect for a gorgeous sunrise session at the exact location their wedding will be held: the beautiful backyard of a dear friend in Jessica’s hometown.
Jessica wore a beautiful, mid-length eyelet dress for most of the session while John sported a classic blue button-up/khaki combo. The sunrise offered the most beautiful light as we frolicked around the backyard and made our way to an adjacent golf course, where John and Jess were all smiles. Oh, how their love stole the show!
Although John is originally from the Washington, D.C. area, John and Jess became neighbors when they both landed in Indianapolis and… the rest is history. John later proposed to her among the thousands of tulips in the gardens of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.”
From the bride, Jessica:
“I had just moved back to Indianapolis after living in Memphis for three years. I found this charming little yellow house on College Avenue, close to old friends and some of my favorite spots in the city. John, originally from Northern Virginia, was placed in Indianapolis after joining Teach for America that same Spring. As luck would have it, he and his new roommates moved into the house right next to mine.
I was unpacking some things in my room when I heard the doorbell ring. I opened the door and 4 guys with name tags were staring back at me. They introduced themselves explaining they were my new neighbors and looking to make some friends in this new city they had moved to. This was the beginning of not only friendship but a little bit of romance.
John was reserved on that first day meeting him, but as time passed a friendship and a crush began. We spent many nights in deep conversations, trading stories, and meeting new people. I was growing a little weary thinking he did not reciprocate the same feelings, until one Friday evening when a group of us were supposed to go to a food festival, I accidentally included him on a SnapChat meant for my sister saying, ‘Do you think the neighbor boy will like this dress?’ It was an honest mistake, but apparently the exact nudge John needed. We had a great time that night, when the night came to a close, he walked me the 10 steps it took to get to my porch, looked me in the eye and gave me a high five.
Needless to say, I was really annoyed with him. On top of that, I was leaving in the morning to go to Italy for 2 weeks. I felt like all my subtle hints and flirting would be wasted and forgotten. But as fate would have it, I was sitting on my porch feeling defeated when he walked back outside, came over and apologized for the high five, and just like in every RomCom you have ever seen he kissed me, like he meant it.
It has been a whirlwind love story, but one that we both think back so fondly of. This May, nearly 4 years after meeting, we will get married in a small, intimate wedding in my hometown of Washington, Indiana.”
photographer: Justine Wright Photography / film lab: The FIND Lab