Amy: I lived in California, Jen lived in Chicago. A mutual friend introduced us, and our distance apart couldn’t hold us back from experiencing an instant, electric connection. I bought a plane ticket to meet her in person, and as each day passed, we posted a hand-crafted number to count down to our first meeting. We had a little over a month to learn everything we could about each other, and by the time we physically met, so much care and trust had been built.
Jen: By the time the countdown ended, we had learned so much about each other and had grown so much closer. In addition to the daily countdown, we were also sending each other letters and packages and accidentally staying up until 3am on 6-hour Skype calls! We had fallen for each other, and meeting each other in person only validated everything we had been feeling. Amy and I also started an Instagram account and blog to keep sharing with each other through the distance.
Amy: Friends asked, “Are you worried it won’t be the same in person?” but deep down, I knew we had nothing to be afraid of. The trip to was the thing of movies. We ended our countdown with a number zero, and the rest was history. Trips back and forth lasted for half a year until I decided to make the jump and move to Chicago. Life only got better from here. Well, besides the cold, cold weather…
HOW AMY ASKED:
We’re both artists and designers by trade, so I knew my proposal had to be a creative one. Jen and I had a trip planned to Zion National Park in Utah. I brought my video camera along to document the trip. During the weekend, I kept planting the seed that there was this overlook we HAD to see. On our last day in the park, we began our short hike, camera on and ring in my pocket. We made it to the perfect spot, and while she was busy shooting photos, I framed up the shot. I asked for a cameo, we stood there for a moment’s wave, then I made the move. She was so surprised, and I was so excited to finally be asking that we both just cried. I sobbed out the question, and she nodded. It was the perfect moment created with the perfect girl. It felt like fairytales do come true.
We’re getting married in September this year and are looking forward to the big day!
Meet Photographer A Klass: As a Chicago-based freelance photographer, Andrew specializes in craft beverage and product photography. He strives to bring his clients a wider customer base by highlighting the strengths of their products whilst creating a visual environment that draws the viewer in. His work has been featured in Daily Coffee News, The Chicagoist and The Coffee Compass. View some of his work and interviews there as he continues to grow as one of the prominent beverage photographers in the Midwest.