Historic Family Farm Engagement – Justine & Cole
Justine and Cole met in the spring of 2016 through a mutual friend (and coworker). She had mentioned Justine to Cole's Mom, and Cole added her on Facebook a few days later. After he "liked" her updated profile picture she got the courage to say hello and the rest is history. Within a few weeks, they were dating. Justine says that she thinks they "both realized we had met our match very early on. Cole took me on horseback rides on their farm and I often rode with Cole in the tractor to feed cattle."
When it came to the proposal, it was Justine's birthday (Aug. 21st, 2017, Solar Eclipse Day). "My boss decided to take the day off to see this rare occasion and I was completely okay with it beings it was my birthday. I spent the whole day with Cole. We spent the morning at Cole's Grandpa's Farm, working on Old Orange (Cole's latest restoration pickup), playing with kittens in the barn, and picking pears from the pear tree in the backyard. After we had dinner with Cole's family, Cole surprised me with a large box wrapped in duct tape (he ran out of wrapping paper!). Cole sat down right next to me as I unwrapped the large box. I could hear something small rolling around. After I finished, I pulled out a small jewellery box. I opened the box and there was a ring, completely shocked, I kept asking Cole if he was serious! With tear-filled eyes, Cole asked me to marry him and he did eventually get down on one knee. We spent the rest of my birthday, calling my family and friends and visiting his family. It was a wonderful 25th Birthday."
They had their engagement photographs taken on the farm that Cole's grandfather owns. He now farms on this land with his father and grandfather. He also proposed to Justine at his grandfather's farm. They decided it would be the perfect venue for their engagement session in rural South Dakota! They chose to take some pictures by his historic red barn which is over 100 years old, and with an old blue pickup that he and his grandpa fixed up together. They also used a quilt that Justine's grandmother made her as a prop - so romantic and personal!
Thank you to Emma Christine Photography for sharing these romantic images with us.