Adam and Tiffany’s Library and Coffee Shop Engagement Shoot

Brittny Drye Founder + Editor-in-Chief of Love Inc. Magazine | On-Air Wedding Expert | LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in the Wedding Industry

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After only 20 minutes of shooting outdoors, Adam and Tiffany's engagement shoot plans were scrapped when the area was hit with a torrential downpour and tornado warnings. Dodging wind and rain, they escaped into a coffee shop and then a library for a cozy engagement session shot by Jordan Weiland that's filled with love, charm and windows sprinkled with raindrops.

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“Though we didn't really plan any of these aspects of the shoot, I can say I wouldn't change it now,” says Adam. “It's a great story.”

“In the end it worked out well because to be honest, coffee and a library is a heavenly combination for me,” adds Tiffany. “Adam would much prefer the outdoors so I am also grateful we got a few minutes in the sun, too.”

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The Love Story

Smitten at first glance. That's how both Adam and Tiffany recall that first meeting. “Tiffany had recently moved to Chicago, where I am living. Her family, who at the time lived in Chicago, had formed a friendship with my family. Soon, both of our families, without our knowledge, decided to get together for a meal,” says Adam. “When I laid eyes on Tiffany when our families got together, I was smitten. However, I was also meeting her father at the same time! Within a week, I asked her out and the rest is history.”

“I canā€™t believe I was able to hold myself together that entire afternoon,” laughs Tiffany. “I just wanted to steal him away and get to know him better.”

Their love swiftly grew over the next year and a half. “For me, there was no single moment that made me realize Tiffany was the one, rather I eased into it naturally,” says Adam. “You could almost say there was never a day that passed that I wasn't moving towards making Tiffany my bride.”

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The Engagement

After sending Tiffany off for brunch and manis with his mom and sister, Adam went to work transforming his living room into a romantic dining scene for two complete with china, lights and decorations made out of significant memories, such as love letters that Tiffany had written.

When Tiffany walked into her apartment, she was met with a vase filled with white roses and a note saying she had a date with Adam that evening. After getting dressed up, she headed over to Adam's house where the big moment happened. “I nervously went to one knee, professing my love to her,” says Adam. “She could barely see me with the tears in her eyes, but she said ‘yes' to making my dreams  come true.” “Right before he got down on one knee, he told me that he had been waiting for this day for a long time, how he knew in his heart that God had graciously brought us together, and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. His words mirrored my own heart so perfectly, and I felt so blessed tears started streaming down my face as he asked me to marry him,” says Tiffany. “I remember feeling incredibly overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the moment. It felt very surreal and joyous.”

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They then sat down to a delicious lasagna made from scratch … the very same meal they had when their families had lunch that fateful day nearly two years prior. “I was very touched by all of the small details he put into the day. From arranging it so that I was surprised to the custom-made, mini dark chocolate cupcakes with silver feather embellishments. He recreated the meal we had that day we first met and decorated the living room with lights and every note, letter and little gift I had every given him,” explains Tiffany.

For the next few hours, it was just Adam and Tiffany, basking in the afterglow of the engagement. “After our meal, we called family and friends and enjoyed celebrating with others,” says Adam. “However, I wouldn't trade those few hours together for the world.”

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The Ring

Because of Tiffany's keen eye for design, they decided that she would be involved in the designing process of her engagement ring. “Adam and I have been very attentive to our personalities and how we complement and differ from each other from the very beginning. I am very detail-oriented, visual and naturally drawn to beauty, while he is more big-picture and visionary,” says Tiffany. “So when it came to buying the ring he graciously asked if Iā€™d like to help design it because he knew how much that would mean to me.”

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They chose an oval diamond with a simple halo set in a cathedral gallery. “It was a delicate floral pattern under the diamond,” notes Tiffany. “I love that little detail and being involved in the process was exciting and fun for me.”

The Wedding Date: June 14, 2014

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