Amber is a PE Teacher at a local high school where she is also the Varsity Girls Assistant basketball Coach and Jaleesa is a Registered Medical Assistant and currently in school pursuing her RN degree. They first met when they were younger singing in their county-wide community choir. As fate would have it they met again as adults, when Jaleesa attended a youth event Amber was hosting through her non-profit organisation, Operation Impact. The couple chose Images by Amber Robinson assisted by Kate Lynn Imagery to capture their fun colour filled engagement and told us all about it below.


What was your first date like?

Our first date was to a panel discussion on Race Relations! Literally two days after we started talking via Facebook, Amber asked me to attend this discussion in Greenville, SC.


Tell us all about the proposal.

I bought the ring in May 2017 which was technically only 4 months after we were officially exclusive. I knew I would get some raised eyebrows so I told my family that even though I bought the ring, I wasn't going to propose until the end of November which would be a year of being exclusive. I knew I couldn't hold out and I knew I didn't want to. So, I planned the proposal during my birthday weekend (July 2018) when her focus would be on me and she believed my focus on me as well. I planned a "birthday" photo session for me which really was a surprise proposal session. The proposal was at Botanical Gardens in Clemson and a few of our closest family members were there to witness - AA


What are your favourite things to do together?

Anything involving food is our favourite thing! lol We enjoy singing and putting on concerts, watching sports, and spending time with our families.


Do you have everything in common or do you have things that you can't agree on but poke fun about?

We do not agree on what time of day to function. Jaleesa is not a morning person and I usually cannot sleep past 6:30am. I like to be on-time for everything but Jaleesa does not care.


What is your "spark"? What keeps you in love with each other?

Our laughter is the spark that keeps up lit up! Reciprocating selfless and genuine love is what keeps us in love. We are completely aware of each other as partners and we celebrate authenticity, which keeps our love in motion.


What is the most anticipated part of your wedding celebrations?

Amber is anticipating eating the wedding cake and I am anticipating our first dance and our vows because they will be true to feelings in that moment (Jaleesa isn't writing vows).


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Photography: Images by Amber Robinson

Second Shooter: Kate Lynn Imagery

Allie and Jorge met while working at the University of Northeen, Colorado, where Jorge was the lead chef and Allie had just started as a prep cook after completing her degree at the university. Both from mountain towns they had been dating for four years before Jorge's surprise proposal. We caught up with the couple to chat all about their engagement captured stunningly by Amanda Podesta Photography and we must admit we are just a little bit in love with the couples adorable fur baby!


What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. (example: pushing each other to new limits, love to travel, huge comic book fans, foodies, etc.) What makes your relationship unique? We both love the same things and love the same lifestyle! From snowboarding together to wanting to travel to the same places to wanting to eat the same entrée for dinner. It’s so great to be able to want to do anything and everything with your best friend.


How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship? (these may often be the same moment, but aren’t always) I think that we knew this early on. When we started really getting to know each other and each others likes and interests. Once we had found out how alike we were, we had realized we had found each others other half!


Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process? The proposal was amazing! We go to reggae on the rocks at red rocks amphitheatre every year so there was no reason to think this was different. My favourite band was headlining the day of concerts; Rebelution. Jorge waited until they were playing and got my attention and all of a sudden, got down to a knees with a big shiny ring in a box! Everyone around us knew about it and started screaming and lighting up a circle around us with their phone lights. We were the centre of attention on the huge show and it was so magical.


We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring! The ring is the perfect combination of everything I liked! We had gone ring shopping before, just for fun, and when Jorge picked out “the one”, he had combined unique characteristics of three different rings that I liked! It’s got a “blingy” band, two tiers of diamonds in a square shape and so much vintage detail in the setting.


Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet? Our wedding is easy to plan! We are getting married in Las Vegas and everything comes as a package deal!



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Photographer: Amanda Podesta Photography

Today we join Blackall Photography in Aubrey, TX and take a look at the stunning barn wedding of Tori and Ben. This cute couple met on the first day of med school orientation in Virginia and quickly became friends. As time passed, their friendship grew into something more because, as Tori says, “being together just felt so natural and effortless.” After classes ended their second year, Ben suggested they take a weekend trip to unwind before studying for their exams. They rented a cabin in Tennessee for the weekend and on Saturday they drove into the Great Smoky Mountains to watch the sunrise. The sun was just peeking over the horizon when Ben asked Tori to be his wife. Of course, she said yes and wedding planning was underway.


They chose to say “I do” in Tori’s home state, Texas, at the Morgan Creek Barn in Aubrey. The theme was a boho-rustic mix and they included a candle lighting unity ritual in their ceremony.


Tori was radiant in her fitted gown by BERTA. Meanwhile, Ben was dapper in his navy blue suit. The wedding party was perfectly styled in shades of red and navy and all the guys wore American flag socks!

The reception décor featured a lush colour scheme of burgundy, navy and blush tones. So, tables were set with white linens and gold chargers. At the same time, a combination of tall and short centrepieces added dimension to the space. Vintage-inspired chandeliers and Edison lights lit up the dance floor and after dinner the newlyweds served two desserts. In addition to their traditional wedding cake they served a Chicago Cubs themed groom’s cake. The perfect nod to Ben’s Midwestern roots! As the evening came to a close, the newlyweds enjoyed a sparkler send off before taking off in their classic getaway car. Congratulations Tori and Ben!


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Photographer: Blackall Photography

Event Venue: Walters Wedding Estates Officiant: Love Notes Weddings

Floral Designer: Coco Fleur Events

Bakery: C Marie's Sweets

Beauty: Kiss Her Face Bridal

Dress Designer: BERTA

Bridal Store: Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaid Dresses: Beside the Bride

Groomsman Attire: The Black Tux

Transportation: DFW Vintage Cars

DJ: DJ Connection


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