I met up with Megan and Jon for a Engagement Shoot out and about Fernie, BC, on May 27th.
These two met at Freshtival in Calgary in 2014, but Jon had a girlfriend at the time, so Megan only thought of him as her friend’s older brother. They drove home together and connected over how they both felt blue-collar jobs were being under-appreciated in certain places in Alberta, and then she dropped him off, not expecting anything to come of it.
Then, in February of 2015, they met up again for a day of snowboarding with their friends at Kickinghorse. At the time, Megan thought that Jon’s girlfriend was lucky—not only because she had a sweet onesie snowsuit that Megan liked, but because Jon seemed like a great guy.
Just a few months later, Jon reached out to ask her how she liked the commute to the mountains from Edmonton, to which she responded that she hated it and would be requesting a transfer with her work to Calgary. She didn’t know it at the time, but Jon had broken up with his girlfriend, and this response won her points. They continued to chat for two months until they made plans to meet up in Fernie. His sister, Kelsey, who Megan credits with having a hand in the magic of their love story, insisted that Jon bring his downhill biking gear along so Megan could learn the sport. And sometime during that long August weekend, the two of them got to talking and realized—they liked each other.
The next day, they rode the Lazy Lizard Trail, unaware that the Island Lake Lodge even existed when they arrived to discover beer and lunch served on a sunny patio. They both agreed that they were going to get married there someday. So, when Jon proposed over a ski weekend, they already knew exactly what they wanted!
Now, they spend their time together in the mountains biking, skiing, snowboarding, and paddle boarding. Sometimes, they’ll even mix things up a little with a lazy coffee day, and Jon will play his guitar while Megan sings.
These two are, simply put, just good people, and I loved spending time with them for this engagement session. We had the most amazing morning light to work with, but what really shone was the obvious love they have for each other. One of my favourite images is of the two of them sitting on a log together—they look so happy!
Megan and Jon are so easy to get along with, which made the whole session fly by. I could hardly believe it when it was time to pack up the camera and head out—though I was glad I got a little more time to hang out with them later that day when we went for a bike ride together.
Jon & Megan, thank you for asking me to be your engagement photographer. I loved hanging out with you and hearing your stories, and I can’t wait for your wedding at Island Lake Lodge!