It was a set up. Well, that makes it sound too staged and this story unfolded more organically. What really happened is Kate started a new job and there met Judi, the wife of John’s best friend. She could tell they would be perfect for each other, so in between work conversations John was always brought up. Sure, Kate thought it was a bit strange that she was always hearing about John, but before she knew they were all getting together for dinner and games and having fun. Soon they were off on what they would later call their first date – Kate didn’t know it was a date and John still jokes that she showed up in gym clothes.
They began dating, basking in the afterglow of a new relationship, when Kate was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She didn’t know what would happen to their 4 month relationship, but John stayed by her side the whole time. Their relationship grew through the testing and trials and they emerged stronger. He kept her smiling, and together they would dream up what they would do once she was better. On the top of their list was to dress up and go to a nice dinner at Lightfoot in Leesburg. It took around 7 months to actually make it happen once Kate was better, so it wasn’t a night that seemed out of the ordinary. However when they came home, John gave Kate a white orchid and tied between the stems of the flower was a ring. He got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
People always have more to their story than what you see. Not only do I think Kate and John have a relationship that will last, I think they’ve worked hard to get there. When I was in the DC area we meet in Leesburg for their engagement session, walked by Lightfoot and talked about their upcoming winter wedding in Rochester, New York. Full of life is how I would describe Kate and John, and I hope I’ve captured that in these images… enjoy!