Spring is in the air! Looking back on Janelle and Marcus’ engagement session photos, I get so excited for things to start blooming here in Calgary, finally. If only just to be able to enjoy a lovely spring engagement session with a genuinely sweet couple like Janelle and Marcus! I love how you can feel just how much fun they have in each other’s company based on this set of photos. They were so amazing and cute with each other that it made the session so lively. I can’t wait to share their wedding photos with you all!
The age old question… How did you two meet, and what were the initial thoughts or feelings of one another about the other?
Janelle & Marcus: Tinder! We talked for a week on Tinder and texting, then met for hot chocolate during YYC Hot Chocolatefest at the Roasterie in Kensington, followed by a walk along the Bow River. It was a warm February 12th, 2017 and a great opportunity to chat. Marcus came across a little quiet and reserved, Janelle was full of conversation. We both thought there was something interesting about the other person, but not quite sure. Marcus reached out the following week to go explore the YYC Glowfest. It was on this second date that we discovered that we have the same birthday! The date went really well, but ended with Janelle running away from Marcus to catch a cab…she might have been cold… [Janelle: Plans for a third date had already been made, I just needed to escape the cold! :)]
Describe your proposal story! Were you surprised?
Janelle & Marcus: Janelle told Marcus that they would be married. True story. Janelle started ring shopping at Thanksgiving while back in Regina, and Marcus knowing he loved Janelle, figured why fight it. In late November, one evening when Janelle was waiting for Marcus, she went to Calgary Jewellery to look at their ring selections. She found the exact style of ring she wanted and Marcus met her there. As Janelle has great taste in partners and rings, Marcus decided to buy the ring on the spot. It took 4 weeks to arrive, which was right before Christmas. At Christmas, Janelle undertook a secret mission to ask Marcus’s moms blessing to marry Marcus. She loves Janelle and said yes. The next week in Regina, Marcus asked Janelle’s parents for their blessing. They also said yes. To keep Janelle in suspense Marcus waited 2 long months till they were up in Edmonton for the weekend for his brother’s going away. The morning of, Janelle stated that she had a bad dream where Marcus had proposed but it was the wrong ring. Marcus reached into the nightstand as if he was stretching and pulled out the ring, asking Janelle if she wanted to check to make sure it was the right ring and asked if she would marry him. She obviously said yes, so here we are!
What brings you two together, and what do you enjoy spending time doing together?
Janelle & Marcus: Really enjoy working out together, such as running and going to Orangetheory Fitness classes. Travelling is also a shared passion, be it either road trips or travels to more exotic locations like Hawaii or Regina. Part of the fun of travelling is exploring new places or new experiences, but also just relaxing and spending time with each other. We also enjoy cooking together, but have different cooking styles so its always interesting dishes.
Describe an event or memory that was significant about one another, and how your feelings or thoughts may have changed/grew as a result.
Janelle: On our second date, Marcus told me a story about seeing an octopus on a scuba dive he had done. He told the story so passionately, I could tell he was genuinely thrilled to have seen that octopus. He showed me a video of the octopus that he had taken on that dive; he was so excited to share this memory with me. I loved how excited and passionate he was about pursing his hobby of scuba diving. I could tell he was driven, motivated and fun. After he shared this memory with me, I knew there was something really special about this guy.
Marcus: No specific memory or moment, but its how I feel every time I see Janelle enter a room or when I see her. The beautiful smile, warm personality radiates in everything she does and it just draws me in. I love her more every day.