Tori + Benja, Engaged | Cincinnati, OH

 "Tori, you are a swell gal and I dig you".

As much as I do, in fact, dig the gal in these photos, those words didn't come from me. They were said a few years ago by one of Tori's good friends at Taylor University. As charming as this guy might've meant to sound, Tori didn't catch on right away. Besides, at the time he said it, he was getting ready to move to an entirely different continent. Meet Benja: part-time friend and full-time admirer of this gal, Tori. 

Benja moved to Ecuador, Tori stayed in Indiana. They spent the next several months emailing, talking over Skype, writing letters, and becoming the cutest couple on two continents. (It's true, wait till you see the pictures!) At the end of the semester Benja returned to Taylor (University)  and the two were officially an item. 

And the proposal? Sushi and old fashioned swing dancing in downtown Indianapolis. But this epic dinner date was only part of Benja's plan. When they got back to campus Tori realized,   

"he had two of our friends set up a bonfire and twinkle lights in the woods. Once we trekked through the snow, Benja got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.The rest of the night consisted of lots of smiling and calls to all of our friends and family!"

I love it! It's the perfect blend of a classic fancy dinner proposal with the DIY backyard proposal. And the he managed to keep the whole thing a surprise by snooping on Pinterest instead of getting Tori to choose a ring. Great job, Benja! ;) 

Probably my favorite thing about photographing Tori and Benja is this hilariously fun energy that happens when they're together. It's starts with some inside joke or a goofy expression, then bounces, back and forth between the two of them; within a few moments you'll be laughing just as hard with them :)  But in front of the camera they are able to go from silly to breathtaking without missing a beat. 

After I snapped this next picture...

I turned the camera around so they could see it and this is what happened:

:) :) :) He loves her. 

Then for a quick change of pace we headed to Main Street in Milford, OH. There are tons of fun shops and cafes in that area. It was Memorial Day weekend and I think the flags are what really makes these shots. Oh, and this bright red, car was begging to be included :)

I've known/loved Tori for years so watching she and Benja together makes me so happy. Thank you, both, for letting me be part of your wedding later this year! I can't wait! :)