St. Francis College Sweetheart’s Engagement Session in the Sunken Gardens
Meet Matt + Jill! These two love birds will be getting married at Whispering Hollow Estate almost exactly one year from the time we took these photos! It’s going to be another gorgeous fall wedding and I’m so lucky I get to capture it! Matt is funny and ambitious and Jill is tough driven AND beautiful…..as you will see in the images below! We met up at their alma mater this past week to do their engagement pictures at St. Francis College in Loretto, PA where they went to school AND fell in love.
We met during college at St. Francis University. We both knew of each other, but didn’t “officially” meet until we were orientation leaders for the 2009 incoming freshmen. It was Jill’s junior year and Matt’s senior year. We had a crush on each other the entire year, but didn’t start dating until a month before school ended.
- He was REALLY tall and funny! He was always making me laugh and smile.
- How happy and beautiful she was.
We met at our new house after work, which we have been renovating it since March. Our plan was to see the progress and then go to home depot to get supplies to work on the house that night. Well…. Matt was already 2 hours late to meet and Jill was a little “hangry” once he arrived. Matt sprung it on Jill that we needed to go pick up his car, which was in the shop getting fixed. Jill, needless to say, was not too pleased. We started driving to get Matt’s car, or so that’s what Jill thought. We ended up going to a park near our old house, which Jill thought was a bit odd. Matt told Jill the mechanic wanted to test drive his car on the highway to make sure it was fixed. Matt dodged a bullet because Jill believed him! Once we got to the park Matt suggested to take a walk down by the water to wait for the mechanic since it was going to be awhile. After walking around for about 10-15 minutes Jill said “wow, this is beautiful” (while taking a picture of the lake). Matt knew that was the perfect spot and got down on one knee while Jill was taking her picture. Jill turned around and Matt PROPOSED!!!
Jill said it first. Jill was leaving for Mexico for her summer study abroad program and Matt was returning back to Maryland to start his new job after graduation. We both didn’t know how the long distance relationship would work, but we knew we loved each other. We were in Jill’s apartment in Loretto when she was packing for her trip.
When we were orientation leaders we had to go to school during the summer for a few days for an event for the 2009 incoming freshmen. I was driving in my car to pick up a friend in Christian hall and Matt was walking by so I waved at him, but he didn’t wave back to me so I quickly turned away. I was embarrassed because we had only met each other one other time and felt super silly. Well apparently he waved at me too, but said I ignored him, which is not true! Anyway, I’m not too sure who was accurate but it was an embarrassing moment for both of us because we had crushes on each other. To this day Matt still gets on me for not waving to him which is totally not true! I guess it doesn’t matter who waved/didn’t wave cause we ended up together anyways!
Jill-Wine, Yoga/working out, and family
Matt- Sports, The Black Mamba (his car), and Family/friends