Meagan and Andrew’s sunset Collingwood engagement session
I owe Meagan a huge thanks for introducing me to Collingwood’s Arboretum! Over the years I’ve photographed all over Collingwood and somehow I’d never heard of its beautiful Arboretum area. It’s lined with walking trails including a raised boardwalk through the woods and along the shoreline – it’s a natural little oasis surrounded by the city.
You meet all sorts of people in this line of work and it’s always such a pleasure to meet two people so head over heels for one another. My only real task is to keep up! We meandered our way through the Arboretum laughing, posing and talking wedding details and before we knew it we’re run out of daylight. We’re going to have an awesome time at their Barrie wedding later this Fall! Til then let’s hear their story in their own words below…
HOW DID YOU MEET
Meagan: We met online actually. I saw his picture, and thought he’d never be interested in me so I didn’t message him. A week or so later he sent me a message! I was excited, and felt silly for waiting. We exchanged messages back and forth for a while, and then decided to meet in person.
WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT YOUR FIRST DATE
Meagan: It was our first time speaking in person. We met up for ice cream, but the shop turned out to be closed, so we went out for dinner instead. After that we walked – and walked – and walked (me in flip flops) until the stars came out. Then we sat and watched the stars for a couple of hours until it got late. It was a pretty exciting and fun evening – we were getting along so well that time just seemed to fly by.
Andy: We had decided to meet up for ice cream and to chat in person. The ice cream shop was closed, so we went to dinner instead. Dinner turned into a walk, and a walk turned into looking at the stars, and that turned into a second date. I knew from the first date that she was somebody very special.
WHEN YOU KNEW
Meagan: I think I knew within the first couple of dates that this was something I wanted to pursue. We just got along so well and had so many of the same interests that I knew we had a lot of potential. He took a bit more coaxing.
Andy: I knew after the first date that she was something special, but I had been through a lot that year and it took me about six months before I was able to confide my true feelings to her.
We had chosen the ring together, and I knew the ring was in the house but hadn’t seen the final product yet. Andy was determined to surprise me. I had settled into the idea that he was waiting until around Valentine’s Day to propose, so when we went skating at Arrowhead Provincial Park I wasn’t really expecting it. It was a beautiful sunny day, and the snow was thick in the trees. We were having a blast, and suddenly he pulled off to the side to “adjust his skate” or something. I turned around and he was down on one knee with a big grin on his face. It was very exciting.
ONE THING YOU LOVE ABOUT ONE ANOTHER
Meagan: He’s my adventure buddy. He’s always ready to try something or somewhere new to explore.
Andy: She is my best friend, and it makes me very happy to get to share my life with her.
BESIDES GETTING MARRIED, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ON YOUR WEDDING DAY
Andy: It will be nice to have a ceremony to prevent people from continuing to ask, “So, when are you getting ‘real’ married?”
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