A Scavenger Hunt Engagement Story: Kirk + Kat: Burlington, Iowa

I’m very excited to share this session. Kat is my right-hand girl when it comes to helping me out in my business. She makes my Mondays and Tuesdays so much easier when she comes in to go through the mundane task of Lightroom allowing me to get the other Monday job of bookwork done.

Kat is an aspiring photographer herself, and it meant a lot to me that she trusted me with her engagement session. Her and Kirk wanted something laid back, easy and fun, so we decided to stay in my immediate area in Downtown Burlington. All these photos were taken just a block from my home at sunset.

After reading through some of the questions I asked Kat, I knew what to title this shoot. The title is named after the story of how Kirk proposed. I didn’t know all the sweet details until now. Well done, Kirk, well done.

Kat and Kirk will be married in less than a month at Barn on the Ridge in Burlington, Iowa. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend because I will be in Illinois shooting another wedding. But, please know, if I could… I would be there all night long taking shots of Icehole and singing along to Mariah Carey with you! Congrats and Love you!

Here is the story of the proposal in Kat’s words:

“On November 2, 2015, I woke up at 3 PM because I worked third shift at the time. I was supposed to be getting ready for karate, but Kirk told me I was going to skip for a date night. He was definitely nervous, and I could tell something was up, but it wasn’t until he handed me a blue envelope that I realized what was happening. He said he was going to leave and I couldn’t open the card until 4:00 PM. So, naturally, at 3:59 PM I am in my car and ready to pull out of the driveway. The first card told me to go to his brother Brock’s house. It was a scavenger hunt! So, I take off at the speed of light. I get to Brock’s and throw the car in park, RUN inside (by this time I’m already bawling like a baby) and Kirk’s nieces give me my next card that I rip open. My next clue was to go to his parent’s house. Again, I race over to their house and sprint to the door. I get in the house and see Kirk’s dad, John. I yell “Wheres my card!” and he said, “I don’t know what you are talking about.” I finally see it, grab it, rip it open and back out to my car. Now, I’m headed to my parent’s house. My Mother, bless her soul, was waiting on the curb outside and handed me the next card through the window! Now, I’m on my way to the park. There is a trail in the park where I took the first picture with the nice camera he bought me. That is where I find him. I run over to him, and he gives a speech that I remember so well, but I refuse to share his words with anyone else because that moment will forever be just between us. Then he got down on one knee and asked me with a shaky voice to marry him. The funny thing about the proposal was he had his sister-in-law take pictures oh him on one knee but after he asked we went to look at them on the camera and they had forgotten to put a memory card in!”

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