San Francisco City Hall Engagement – Brooke & Chris
Chris and Brooke first met at a Hollister photoshoot. Apparently it’s not as glamorous as one would think. Brooke’s friend Tram was the store manager and she was the one gathering people to come to the shoot. One night before the shoot Tram met a guy named Greg out at a bar in Cincinnati, Ohio they exchanged numbers and became friends instantly. Greg was a good looking man and Tram invited him to the Hollister photoshoot because she needed more men. Greg then asked if he could bring a friend (Chris) because he wasn’t sure what he was getting himself into by committing to this photoshoot. Tram approved Chris to come, and then she mentioned to Brooke that her friend Greg was coming from the same College town as Brooke and could give her a ride to the shoot. Not thinking, she got in the car with two strange men that she’d never met for a free ride. Brooke says she “was a poor college student and anything to save gas money. Thankfully they were the sweetest guys and basically the rest is history from there. It’s funny to look back at our first photo meeting each other and thinking wow this is the FIRST day I met you!!”
As a couple, Brooke and Chris try to do a lot of things together so they can enjoy more of their free time together. They found a new love for Acro Yoga together when they lived in Cincinnati. It’s an activity that they can do together that they both enjoy and its a form of working out. Aside from that they also love travelling and exploring new places together. They have a map of the US at home and every time they experience a new place they love to add photos to that state to remember their trip.
When asked how she knew that Chris was the one, Brooke said “well if I’m telling the truth it wasn’t at first because I thought he was the biggest tool I had met in my life. But for some reason I was still attracted to him even though I had that idea of him in my head after hanging out with him a couple of times. But as we spent more time together I realized that I was completely wrong about my assumption of Chris being a “tool” instead he was quite the opposite, he was the biggest, kindest, smartest, teddy bear I have ever met. The way he cares for others before himself was definitely evident from day one. Always willing to extend a helping hand to any and all of his friends. Whether he met you yesterday or has known you for years he would bend over backwards for you if you asked it of him. After dating for a year I knew he was the one because he showed me his heart in different ways each and every day and how big it truly is. We waited to say “I love you” till our 1 year anniversary to make sure it was something special and a word we didn’t use lightly. But it meant that much more that we waited.”
When it came to their proposal, Brooke says it’s easier to show you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdkqVRELjxA&t=9s. “It was almost a surprise until his dad spilled the beans accidentally on the phone one day. But it was Chris’s fault because he had him on speaker phone while video gaming and wasn’t really listening to his father as he switched subjects as to how and when he was going to show me the video. He then started to scramble to hang up on his dad as his dad just gave me an inkling as to what was to come. Then from there my mom and closest friends started to act weird as Chris and I’s 5 year anniversary approached. Since I was catching on to throw me off he did it the day before our 5 year and did it at my parents house in the living room tv. It did throw me off guard because I wasn’t expecting it to happen that night but otherwise once I heard “our song” play on the TV I knew what was about to happen.”
Photographer: CK Photography // Venue: San Francisco City Hall