Jeff always likes to say that he and Diana, co-workers at their first jobs out of college, “met at the water cooler.” It was actually Diana who initiated the jump into an intra-office romance, asking Jeff about his plans for the weekend while she was hanging out in his cubicle one day. They exchanged phone numbers over email and a week later they had their first date. The whole thing conjures images of Office Space, but in the sweetest way possible.
The first time Diana and Jeff went out, they had dinner and drinks at the Village Draft House in Raleigh, and pretty soon they realized there was something between them worth exploring. Part of what makes these two work so well is that they make each other laugh. Diana says that she first fell in love with Jeff’s ability to keep her in stitches, and Jeff was smitten by Diana’s sense of humor. They also enjoy doing the smaller, quieter things together, like cooking and playing golf. Diana has been playing since she was a child.
Jeff proposed during a trip to Florida to spend time with Diana’s family. When they arrived in town, Diana’s parents told them they had made dinner reservations at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale. They got to the hotel a little early, so Jeff asked Diana if she wanted to take a walk along the beach with him. As they were strolling and talking, Jeff suddenly dropped to one knee and proposed, catching Diana completely off guard. It’s a moment they’ll be able to relive as often as they want since Jeff had hired both a photographer and a videographer to capture the whole thing. Afterwards, they made their way back into the dining room of the restaurant and found Diana’s whole family there, waiting to celebrate with them.
The ring Jeff gave Diana is a beautiful pear-shaped solitaire with a diamond band that Jeff had custom made. They’d been to look at rings, so he had a good idea of what Diana might like. The catch is that their ring-shopping trip had happened an entire year ago. “He tricked me,” Diana said. Pretty good trick, though, and a nice treat to go along with it.
We met for a sunset engagement session at the Midtown Greenway in Charlotte. Jeff and Diana were very warm towards me, and especially tender and romantic with one another. The whole experience was lovely and memorable for many different reasons, but there’s definitely one thing that will always stick with me. For her first outfit of the shoot, Diana wore a beautiful dark teal skirt and a gray sweater. She’s a knockout and, if you look at the following images, you’ll also see that she has a pretty fantastic set of legs. We had just finished up some shots inside a pergola on the Greenway when Diana stepped out onto the sidewalk that borders Kings Drive. Immediately, there was a three-car wreck. Turns out, the driver in front had gotten a little distracted by the scenery.