I met up with Jessica and Jamie on August 3rd for an engagement shoot in Calgary at Jamie’s parents’ home.

These two were introduced by a friend at a Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society event in the spring of 2013, though neither of them recall that meeting. But, their intrepid friend was determined to help, and she went out to lunch with Jamie to make sure he was a good guy. Once Jaime had the seal of approval, she re-introduced him to Jessica via text to set up a breakfast date. The two went on their first date at the Belmont Diner in Marda Loop in Calgary in June of that year… and the rest, as they say, is history.

Three years later, Jessica had spent the weekend working with parent and family volunteers to create digital stories about their health care journeys. Because the work had been so long and emotionally exhausting, she decided to take that Monday off. Jamie told Jessica that he had a birthday surprise planned for her on that day, but she had been so busy, she didn’t have much time to think about what he had in store. On the morning of, she pestered him with questions regarding what she needed to bring and what she should wear besides hiking shoes and comfortable clothing. Recalling the day, Jessica said, “I think I exhausted the poor man!”

As they drove to the mystery location, passing the casino and helicopter sign, she got excited —and a little suspicious that Jaime was going to propose. But Jessica didn’t want to be disappointed if this was just a nice birthday surprise and not a proposal. Instead, she focused on enjoying the helicopter ride and their time together. The helicopter flew them around the valley and landed by one of the Kananaskis foothills, where the couple went for a hike together. At the top of their hike, Jaime set up a camera to take a picture of them together. Unbeknownst to Jessica, he set the camera to take pictures every two seconds so he could capture their engagement. Jaime proposed right there, on the side of the mountain, and Jessica happily accepted. They both agree it was a beautiful moment. After she said yes, they had champagne and headed back to the helicopter.

When I met up with this happy couple for their engagement session, I was struck by how important family is to both of them. That was part of why they wanted to have their photo shoot at Jamie’s parents’ home—and why they wanted their dog, Bueller, to be part of the session. After all, he is part of their family too.

I also loved how they booked an antique fire truck for their photoshoot. It was a great way to bring in Jamie’s work with the Fire Department. It was honestly a perfect backdrop for these two—sweet and fun and beautiful. Their smiles and honest connection made my job easy.

Jamie & Jessica, thank you for asking me to be your engagement photographer, and for sharing your beautiful love story with me.

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