Jim & Traci are a couple whose depth of true affection and appreciation for each other spills out of every small smile, side-long glance and inside joke. They met as the result of a ‘last ditch effort’ to make a bad experience with match.com worth it’s money before canceling it. An effort both are deeply thankful for! For their engagement session Traci wanted to take me on a little walk through their ‘favorites’ in downtown Geneva on 3rd street. We met at Graham’s 318 – the site of their first really ‘official’ date. They quietly sipped cocoa and shared little bits of that first meeting with me. Jim chuckled and said he was so excited to meet this radiant, beautiful woman the first time, that he prepped a list of questions on his phone just so he wouldn’t bore her if he became too tongue-tied. He still has the list!!! I forgot to slow my shutter down, but even with the lame black lines (sorry guys!) it made me smile and I wanted to include it in their story. After finishing their cocoa, they led me across the street to Fiora’s, the Italian restaurant where Jim proposed. I asked him what he was most attracted to in her and of course he said her beauty and style, but also her compassionate nature, humor and intelligence. Clearly, he’s a very intelligent, perceptive man! Traci just smiled when I asked her how Jim proposed, she said he wasn’t very subtle and she totally saw it coming, but still was speechless when he dropped to his knees. Jim added a characteristic quiet laugh and said, he didn’t hear her answer so he worriedly asked her a second time to make sure. Traci confessed that she knew he was ‘the one’ after their first date – she was immediately drawn to his kind, open nature. He’s honest, intelligent and truly values his faith. He also has great eyes! Fun fact: Jim is a killer electric guitarist and part of a great band. We enjoyed strolling up and down 3rd street until dusk, even catching a few photos as the street lights came on. Jim & Traci, it was such an honor to hear a bit of your story and watch the love you carry for each other. We are so thankful for the chance to be a part of that ongoing story on your Wedding Day!!!