A Purdue University Engagement Photo Shoot
I’ve known her since she was two, maybe three. Its the age when little girls love combing long hair, and I had long hair. When I went to her house and sat on the floor, Ellie would grab a brush and begin methodically combing my hair. It was like a massage. Little girl grown to young woman, she’s about to officially graduate from Purdue and begin a life with her love. What better place for an engagement photo shoot.
It was homecoming weekend at Purdue University. Ian, recently graduated, and Ellie, soon to graduate, attended a volleyball game. Reliving old memories, they walked around the campus with friends and family. As they headed toward the clapping circles on campus, Ian decided he wanted to go the longest way possible which took them by the Bell Tower. They posed for a couple of quick snapshots and then it happened. Ian teared up, telling Ellie how much he loved her and declared he wanted them to spend the rest of their lives together. You know the rest… he got down on one knee and said what every girl wants to hear, “Ellie Christine, will you marry me?”
We started the day at Harrys Chocolate Shop, a long-time gathering spot for students and alumni alike, and a favorite hangout for Ellie and Ian.
Then we stopped by the iconic Engineering fountain. (If you’re a Purdue University alum, I bet you can feel the memories come flooding back, eh?)
Ellie’s usually smiling and always up for anything, and once the official photographs had been taken, she convinced Ian to peel off his shirt and do a fountain run. Part of the Purdue University Boilermaker tradition for students, faculty and alumni is to run through the five beautiful fountains on campus. Watch here! So what better way to end an engagement shoot on a hot, sultry day? After all, it’s about a bit of adventure. (Only we kept it to one fountain.)
“The real power of a man is in the size of the smile of the woman sitting next to him.” I read that somewhere and it seems like Ian must be doing something right.