GSS Featured Engagement :: James & Stephanie’s Outdoor Engagement :: Shaun Menary Photography

Today’s featured engagement comes from one of our sweet readers, Stephanie.  She’s the Bride to Be in this feature!  We LOVE it when our readers submit their photos to us for a feature!!! Shaun Menary, of Shaun Menary Photography documented their engagement beautifully. Shaun is a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Stephanie and James will be married on January 28, 2012 in Dallas.  Stephanie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

 How did you and James meet? We met at a happy hour that was planned by a mutual friend who wanted to introduce us.  One by one, each of our friends left and it ended up being just he and I talking over margaritas and beers. In the end he asked for my number and asked me out thevery next day.

How long did you date before the proposal OR How long have you been together?  James and I dated for 7 months before he proposed. I had no doubt he was the one after our very first date.

Have you set a date yet?  Our wedding date is January 28, 2012. We decided on this date because his birthday is the 28th of November and mine is the 28th of July.  This way we will always be celebrating on the 28th.

Have you picked your venue?  If so, what made you choose this location?   We will be married at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration and the reception will take place at the Hilton Park Cities. My family has been members of Transfiguration since 1990 and I attended elementary school there.  Like most little girls, I always dreamt of marrying the man of my dreams in the church that I grew up in. We knew that we wanted to have the reception at a hotel that was close to where we live and play. We love the intimacy of the Hilton Park Cities. There are only 224 rooms and one banquet room. There is also a great space for a cocktail hour when the guests first arrive which will help get the celebration started. 

At what point did you know that he was “the one”? I knew it from the start. He made me dinner on our first date and after dinner we sat on the back porch and talked for hours. We talked about our families, hobbies, passions, hopes and dreams. I knew that God had always planned for me to be there with him in that moment.

Besides getting engaged, what is your favorite memory as a couple?  One reason that I knew that he was the one, is that no matter what the circumstance, we always make the very best of it and just enjoy being together. I have so many favorite memories but one memory that stands out is from last January. We went skiing in Tahoe for New Year’,s. James loves to be outdoors and skiing is one of his favorite things to do. As a kid, I used to love to ski but I hadn’t been in almost 10 years.  The first day I had made an appointment to take a half day lesson to get my ski legs back.  There was a horrible storm that day and they closed the entire mountain.  Since we only had a few days of skiing the next day I decided to forgo the ski lesson and jump on a lift with him.  He offered me some pointers at the top of the first mountain and then we were off.  He was so patient with me the whole day. It was absolutely an amazing day.

How did he propose? We had planned a trip to San Francisco.  When we arrived at the hotel we were too early to check in- So he told me I needed to change because we were going to go on a bike ride.  Once we had our bikes we headed to Crissy Beach.  When we got there, James suggested that we leave our bikes and go down to the water to take some pictures.  The next thing I knew he was down on his knee. It all happened so fast! I said yes and jumped into his arms.  Seconds later he told me there was another surprise and his brother and his wife came running out of their hiding spots popping a bottle of champagne. He had flown them in from San Diego and they had been following us since we arrived and documented the whole event.  We spent the rest of the day with them following us around the city taking pictures and enjoying the moment. I felt like the absolute luckiest girl in the whole entire world!

Were you surprised?  I was very surprised!! He did such a wonderful job of planning and keeping everything a secret until the very last second.  I could not have dreamt a more perfect day in a more perfect way!

What made you choose Shaun Menary as your photographer?  I had several friends recommend photographers and I did a lot of research on the internet.  For us, the perfect photographer needed to have more than an amazing portfolio.  The rapport with our photographer was equally as important as the end product.  When we met Shaun Menary there was an instant vibe! We both felt an immediate unspoken connection to Shaun.  In the end, we knew that we could trust him to capture the memories of our wedding exactly how we had always wanted.  It is a tall order to fill, but we are confident that he is the man for the job!

Thank you so much, Shaun, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by his website and blog and show him some love!  And thank you, Stephanie, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and James a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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GSS Featured Engagement :: Jennifer & Shane’s Industrial Dallas Engagement :: Meegan Weaver Photography

Today’s fabulous featured engagement comes from Meegan Weaver Photography, a Texas based wedding photographer.  Meegan has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Jennifer and Shane are to be married on October 29, 2010.   Jennifer was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Shane meet?  Shane and I met through mutual friends shortly after I moved to Dallas.  We we’re friends for 9 months before I asked him to be my date to a friends wedding.  We’ve been dating ever since.

How long did you date before the proposal OR How long have you been together?  We’ve been together for almost 3 years!

Have you set a date yet?  We’re getting married October 29, 2010.

Have you picked your venue?  If so, what made you choose this location?  We’re getting married at The Filter Building on White Rock Lake.  We wanted to be able to have the ceremony outside and what better place than right on a lake!  We also fell in love with the industrial, 1920’s building with all of its character and unique history.

At what point did you know that Shane was “the one”?  I knew immediately that Shane was unlike any other guy I had dated.  It was easy for me to envision spending the rest of my life with him.

Besides getting engaged, what is your favorite memory as a couple?  We have a lot of good memories, so its hard to just choose one, but one of my favorite memories was when we flew out to Washington for Shane to meet my parents for the first time.  I was a little nervous because Shane was the first guy that I brought home to seriously meet my parents, but it couldn’t have gone any better.  They immediately fell in love with Shane and made him feel like he was part of the family.  Needless to say he got their stamp of approval.

How did Shane propose?  We were in Santa Fe for my birthday and for my cousin’s wedding.  We had gone on a hike together and we were enjoying the perfect Santa Fe weather.  When we had reached the top of the mountain I was ready to continue on our hike, but Shane had wanted to take a minute longer to take in the view.  I noticed he was acting a little weird but I couldn’t quite figure out why until he told me that he had a question for me….He then got down on one knee and proposed.

Were you surprised?  I was very surprised.  I always thought that when that moment came I would have a sense it was coming, but with so much going on with my birthday and cousin’s wedding I guess Shane caught me at a time when I was least expecting it.  It really couldn’t have been more perfect.

What made you choose Meegan as your photographer?  I had seen a lot of Meegan‘s work on her website and facebook and immediately loved her style.  We both wanted a photographer who would do more than just document our big day.  We wanted someone who would artistically tell our story through images. 

Thank you so much, Meegan, for sharing this amazing engagement session with us!  Please stop by her website and blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Jennifer, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We hope your wedding is everything that you have ever dreamed of and wish you and Shane a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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REMINDER :: Amy Karp Photography & GSS Giveaway :: FREE Engagement Session!!!

We wanted to remind you tha Amy Karp, from  Amy Karp Photography and Groom Sold Separately are offering a wonderful gift for one lucky couple. Do you know someone who is getting married and has an unbelievable story? It could be how they met, what they enjoy doing, you can even nominate someone who just deserves to see how beautiful everyone else sees them.  The session is free and the lucky couple will receive a disc of electronic files. If the couple decides to purchase any products or have anyone purchase products for them, 100% of the proceeds go to a charity of their choice. What’s the catch, you ask? There is no catch…If you would like to know more or sign up, please click here. We are leaving all of the voting in the hands of our Facebook Fans. The finalists will be judged by readers on….We are leaving it completely all up to YOU!

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