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I'M JESSICA!

The Carillon at Byrd Park Proposal Photos | Richmond Proposal Session | Colby and Jessica

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Our Story

We cannot believe it’s been 3 1/2 years in the making, but it really goes back further than that. We met in Spanish class during their Sophomore year at Courtland High School. Colby was not always the greatest with Spanish and would always ask me for help, but then would get caught by the teacher for talking. It didn’t really go anywhere from there for a while. Flash-forward to the beginning of senior year – we were both gearing up to leave Fredericksburg to go onto bigger and better things. We were SO ready to graduate. Things took a big turn that year when mutual friends re-introduced us on a “set-up” date to the ‘Wicked Woods’.

It was the beginning of October when we went to the Wicked Woods – a local Halloween attraction where you go through a haunted forest and other creepy buildings. I was actually supposed to work that night, but someone else wanted my shift, so I gladly gave it up for a night out with friends…or so I thought. Colby originally really didn’t want to go to the Wicked Woods either, but when Ben told him that I was coming, he changed his mind. I was the only one that later on found out that this whole thing had been set up by all of our friends.

A scary-movie first “real date” to see Sinister didn’t go exactly as smoothly as we wanted – we both couldn’t sleep for nights. Colby was so nervous and had no idea if I was enjoying myself or not and almost left after he dropped me off without a kiss or even a hug!! I made the first move and we finally had our first kiss. And the rest is history…just kidding.

Growing Up

I later on realized that I wasn’t too excited about pharmacy and was pursuing it for all of the wrong reasons. To figure out where I wanted to go with my career, I decided to stay in Fredericksburg for a while and get her Associate’s Degree at the community college. Colby always thought he was going to go away and play soccer for college, but realized that he was doing that for all of the wrong reasons and that he wanted to go to a school that actually taught him how to do what he loved. He stayed at Germanna and enlisted in the military.

Our first semester of college went off without a hitch and then it was time for Colby’s training. He was gone almost an entire year to pursue his MOS of a Combat Medic. It was completely worth it in the end and he couldn’t love any job more than what he does there. He even met a groomsman or two there!

We reunited after his year long training and continued school where we enjoyed date nights at Bravo over lasagna and lava cake, movie marathons, and our annual date night to the Wicked Woods.

The Proposal

Fastforward a few years, we have both been steadily pursuing school and working towards our dream lives. With the fact that I am almost finished with my Bachelor’s Degree, Colby decided it was finally time to propose to me!

This day was SO magical and I cannot believe that he did all of this on his own. From the ring box, to having Nikki come and photograph the whole thing, to all of the little details that I hadn’t a clue about… It was phenomenal. I am so lucky to be marrying the love of my life and starting this amazing journey with this sweet, sweet man.

You can view our proposal through our photographer’s (the most amazing woman on the planet) eyes here!

Our proposal story also got featured here on How He Asked!

April 5, 2016

  1. Alex

    April 5th, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Loved reading your story, Jessica! Congrats on the proposal and on the beautiful feature! Can’t wait to see what your wedding day will look like =)

  2. Laura

    April 5th, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Oh my goodness these are so sweet and congratulations to you!!

  3. Gwen

    April 5th, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Such a sweet story and cute (but GLAM) proposal session… best wishes…

  4. Candi

    April 5th, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Aw! Super sweet!!!! Love these!

  5. Natalie Jayne Moore

    April 5th, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    You’re dress is GORGEOUS! YAY for engaged girls!! <3 You’re going to be a GORGEOUS bride!!

  6. Ashley Durham

    April 5th, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Oh goodness, her gold dress is AMAZING!!!

  7. Meredith

    April 5th, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    So darling. Congratulations!

  8. Lauren Swann

    April 5th, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Ahh! I loved getting to read your story!! Y’all are seriously so cute!! Plus that dress is a stunner! Girl, you’re going to be the most beautiful bride!! I can’t wait to see the wedding 🙂 Xo!

  9. Cinnamon Wolfe

    April 5th, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    So beautiful Jessica! I loved looking through all of these!

  10. Brittani

    April 5th, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I’m totally obsessed. These are so gorgeous and I can feel the emotion!!

  11. Chantal

    April 6th, 2016 at 3:49 am

    This issue beautiful!! And her dress is to die for!

  12. Joanna Moss

    April 6th, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Oh my gosh I love her dress!!

  13. Isabelle

    April 6th, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Pretty, pretty!! Lovely session and her dress is killer!!

  14. christina

    April 6th, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Congratulations! Your session is absolutely GORGEOUS! And you look amazing in that gown!

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