From Paige, Kallie & Lauren’s photographer: I first met Kallie working on my college newspaper. She is a fellow photographer, and I’m so happy we stayed in touch all these years. I was introduced to her fiance Lauren when the two of them entered an engagement session giveaway I hosted last summer. Here’s the story of how they met and the proposal:
Lauren and Kallie started out as friends. They met in the summer of 2012 when they were both working as interns in L.A. Lauren moved out from Mississippi. Kallie was intrigued by her Southern accent- the first she had ever heard in person.
The two started spending more and more time together, going to dinner after work and staying out talking until they were kicked out of closing restaurants. Somehow Lauren’s living situation unraveled and she ended up moving into Kallie’s guest room for the rest of her internship.
At some point that summer Kallie had fallen head over heels. Not wanting to make the first move, she stewed in romantic tension and waited for Lauren to kiss her. Unfortunately, the summer ended too soon and Lauren was due back in Mississippi. Like an awkward lovesick teenager, Kallie texted Lauren her true feelings before she was gone.
Lauren wasn’t too happy with the idea of a long-term relationship, so they continued to be “just friends.” They texted and Skyped every day after Lauren moved home. Three weeks after she had moved back, Lauren told Kallie she wasn’t afraid of the distance anymore, and so they made it official.
As broke college students, all of their extra money went toward plane tickets. Five months later, Kallie flew to Mississippi for the last time to help Lauren move back to California. They have since moved in together, work for the same company and have three cats.
In April last year, Lauren surprised Kallie with a weekend trip to Coronado and proposed to her at night on the beach– the same location of their second date. It seemed fitting to venture back to Coronado where the surprise proposal happened for their engagement photos. We rode the ferry over and spent the afternoon gallavanting around the island from sunset to nightfall.