The tropical greenhouse at this Norfolk Botanical Garden engagement session was so perfect!

Jean and Zand are both super adventurous.

When I first talked to them about where we might take photos, they said that their special place was the mountains.

While we weren’t able to get away to the mountains, Norfolk has always been important to them as well.

After tossing around a few ideas, we both decided that botanical gardens was the winner.

And more specifically, the tropical greenhouse at the botanical gardens.

Get to know more about these two lovebirds in today’s blog.


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Norfolk Botanical Garden Engagement Session

How did you two meet?
I was working in a coffee shop where Zand was a daily customer. I thought he was too young for me but we gave it a shot anyway and it stuck!
What did you do on your first date?
Went to Luna Maya and Taphouse in Norfolk. I honestly don’t remember what we talked about … it was over 6 years ago!
What are some of your favorite things to do together?
Cook, watch TV, drink beer, hang with our cats. Wait, we sound super lazy!
We also like to hike, backpack, go to the beach and are always planning our next big trip.

When did you know he was the one?

We actually spent most of our first year apart! He was in grad school in DC and I was working in Norfolk. We survived that after knowing each other only for a few months, so I guess I knew it would last after that.


Tell Us Your Proposal Story?
This past August we visited Yosemite and did some bucket-list hikes.
One of them was Cloud’s Rest – I was so shaky from the sheer 10,000 foot drops on either side of me.
But once we made it, he got down on one knee!
He actually forgot to ask me to marry him … he just whipped out the ring and started talking (typical!).
Luckily someone captured it on video.

If you had to pick a word for your relationship, what would it be?


What are three dreams/goals for your marriage?

I’m already living the dream!
What are you looking forward to most on the wedding day?
Dancing to music that I CHOOSE (ahem…I mean we choose). Oh, and seeing all of my loved ones together in one place!


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