Michael and I got engaged back in July 2019, before the coronavirus was even a thing. We spent a whirlwind of a weekend in Montreal, where we basically ate our way through the city. The highlight of our trip was eating at Au Pied de Cochon, a restaurant that had been recommended by Anthony Bourdain on his Quebec episode of No Reservations.
This was a place that we’ve been dreaming of going to together for years. Michael even bought me the Sugar Shack cookbook, from which we’d make fatty, sugary, sinful recipes together. So, there Au Pied de Cochon, drunk on pork shoulder and maple syrup ice cream, he proposed with a sparkling diamond ring and champagne.
I didn’t see it coming whatsoever. Throughout my life I’ve thought of a million different ways of how I would be proposed to. I never once imagined it in Montreal, over a dinner with eight different types of pork on my plate. But it was so, so, so perfect, and so completely us, and I loved it every bit of it.
So, I wanted our engagement and our wedding to be just as special. Our engagement photos were taken in November 2019. We chose a local park as our location, away from the world and surrounded by nature, because that also felt like us. Simple, serene, beautiful, right.
Our photographer was Jenna Greenawalt. She is incredible, and so talented at capturing beautiful moments. I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else. She also did our wedding pictures, which I’ll be sharing soon. She’s a travel photographer, and if you have the chance to book her, please do!
I will cherish these forever.