Andrew + Anna | Upland, Indiana | Coffee Shop Engagement

mid-west based traveling wedding and elopement photographer

Oct 17, 2016 | Couples

When I found out Andrew and Anna were engaged I was so excited. I met both of them in our college choir and I knew Andrew a bit better because we were in the same major so we had a lot of classes together.

Andrew is a missionary kid from Papua New Guinea, so that summer, Andrew and Anna went there to visit his family and friends. Little did Anna know that they would not be leaving the trip as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Anna actually has a little blog and business of her own and she wrote a post about their engagement story so I thought I would share a bit of that! Andrew wrote out the story and Anna interjected with her own thoughts in bold.

On June 2, our 17 “month-aversary,” I took Anna on a walk around center (Ukarumpa).

I had asked the day before if we were going to do anything special on our 17 “month-aversary”, and he said, “I don’t know…hang out?” This is so unlike him and I started to grow a bit suspicious that something was going to happen.

I had organized several people to help me out with the proposal ahead of time, so my family as well as a few community members were already at the location I had chosen, setting it up.

Andrew’s parents went on a walk around 9am. It was a beautiful day, so I didn’t want to read too much into their walk, but I was already a tad suspicious. When Andrew asked me if I wanted to go on a walk, I, of course, said yes.

The spot was called Lutheran Hill, and it overlooks part of the center and is a pretty, wooded, and grassy area that set up nicely for such an event.  As Anna and I arrived there around 10:00 in the morning, my helpers had used a supplied plethora of flower blooms to set up a cross-shape in the grass with a wrapped gift box in the center of the cross.  

As we walked around center, Andrew kept on checking his watch and instead of being indecisive on where we should go (both of us are indecisive and never know which way to go), he made all of the decisions with confidence. Guys….he had this whole thing planned down to the very minute. As we turned to head back to Lutheran Hill, I saw the box in the grass. I initially thought it was a picnic and thought that was a super cute idea. At this point, I wasn’t sure if this was actually just a 17-month anniversary gift or if he was about to propose. My heart was beating so fast, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up and feel majorly disappointed if he wasn’t going to propose.

Anna asked me what it was, and I said that I thought it might be her 17-month gift.

My heart was beating so fast, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up and feel majorly disappointed if he wasn’t going to propose. When I got over to the box, I noticed the cross made of flowers and in that moment, I realized he was about to propose. I mean..come on…a CROSS MADE OF FLOWERS. HOLY COW.

I told her to open it, and as she did, I took a knee behind her and brought the ring out from my pocket.  As she turned around, I asked her if she would marry me, to which she confidently replied, “Yes.”

I barely had time to register what was in the box before I realized he was beside me on his knee with a box. When I realized he was on his knee it’s almost like my whole life flashed before my eyes—every girl imagines this moment and here it was and I savored the moment for only a half second before my brain was like, ANNA!!! LOOK AT YOUR FUTURE HUSBAND!!! So of course I turned and looked at him and then at the beautiful ring he had in his hand.

A few of my friends and my family all emerged from where they had been hiding in the bushes nearby, and we celebrated together.  Inside the gift box had been a bilum (Papua New Guinean traditional handbag/purse) I had designed and had made for her with her name woven into it.  

Additionally, I had put together a small photo album entitled “Our Story” and which included pictures of Anna from her childhood, among her family and friends, and with me as her life progressed.  On the last page, I included my proposal and left her space to write in her answer.

As I read the book, I couldn’t help but get teary. He loved me so, so much even with all of my struggles and weaknesses. He captured my growth as well as our own growth as a couple, and that brought me so much joy. How on earth did I find this guy?!?

The more I think about our relationship, the more excited I become to get to spend the rest of my life with this guy. Seriously…every day he reminds me of how much he loves me and cares for me. He assures me each and every day that I am valuable, beautiful, and desirable. He pursues me in small ways, like buying me flowers “just because” and writing notes to me—both cheesy and serious…but mostly cheesy because that’s how we roll. (; But he also pursues me in large ways, like showing me the kind of love Christ has for me and for others, and through that, the way Christ pursues me. I never thought I would meet someone like you, Andrew…but I’m so glad I did. Here’s to a lifetime of growth, learning, and joy.”

Check out more of their story and photos from their proposal on  Anna’s website!

I was over the moon when they asked me to photograph their engagement and their wedding (you can find their wedding blog here!). Their session took place at a little coffee shop in downtown Upland, Indiana. 

Enjoy this sweet couple!

Becka Roth is an adventurous traveling wedding and intimate elopement photographer based in Indianapolis, Indiana, but travels worldwide. She lives for exploring new places, sweet intimate moments, and unposed, candid images with the adventurers and the love birds. Her style is natural, raw, and authentic. She believes in living life to the fullest, singing too loud, and most importantly: capturing genuine moments that naturally occur between two people in love.



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