I was lucky enough to hear both Rachel and Devin’s story on how they met and came together as a couple. I learned from Rachel that Devin caught her interest while they were both working at World Vision. Devin worked in the Creative Services department while she worked in the PR department. It was almost like love at first sight for Rachel, developing a crush on him as soon as she saw him. Too nervous to talk to him, she would check him out from afar or conveniently stroll pass his desk. Devin doesn’t want to admit it, but he would often check her out as she walked by. Rachel confided in a fellow colleague about her crush and nicknamed him “Gingie”. When it came down to Rachel’s colleague’s last week at the organization, she set up a farewell lunch with Devin to say her goodbyes. Sneakily, she did the same with Rachel and tricked them both into having lunch together leaving them both to figure out that they were set up! A date followed shortly after but Devin claims he had no idea what was going on and he didn’t realize they were actually dating! Because of this, Rachel felt that Devin wasn’t reciprocating her interest which led her to feeling heartbroken and consequently avoiding each other for a month.
So then how did these two love birds end up together? I just love Devin’s version of events from here onwards because he really elaborated on how hilarious it really was. I couldn’t stop laughing at trying to imagine how it must have went down when they both clashed at a party one night. Because Rachel had bottled up all her feelings for some time, when she saw Devin she wanted to get all her feelings out in the air and really tell him how she really felt. Devin says that at the exact moment that Rachel approached him, the band uncanningly broke out into a loud song with bright strobe lights bursting everywhere. He says when he looks back, all he remembers is a very animated version of Rachel as the lights intermittently flash on and off around the room and she let out all her emotion before him. The music was loud, so it was difficult to hear. The lights were so chaotic, so it was so difficult to see. Because of all of this, Devin just burst into laughter. Rachel, the cool gal that she is, soon also realized the ridiculousness of the whole situation and burst into laughter too!
Whilst the story of how their relationship begun is a funny one, I think the story of their engagement is one to match. After about 3 years of dating, Devin had decided it was time that he looked for a new place to reside. He came across some beautiful lofts in Hamilton which were a little two big for just his lone self. Of course, he wanted to have Rachel move in with him! Little did Rachel know and was puzzled by why he would want such a big and expensive place by himself. These lofts were newly developed and he brought Rachel in for a viewing and to measure out the place. He says it was such an awkward situation because it was still under construction and there were workmen going in and out of the suite. Devin, wanting a little privacy for this momentous occassion, gave one of the workmen a signal that he was about to pop the question. Although Devin flashed the ring and they got the hint, they were still working nearby.
Rachel inspects the place and Devin gets down on one knee with the ring to pop the question. But Rachel is distracted by everything that is going on and doesn’t see Devin so walks out of the room! Devin is flabbergasted and tries it one more time. At this point, Rachel becomes overwhelmed and bursts into tears. Devin explains that it was such a weird situation as while he still didn’t have an answer from Rachel, he goes back to measuring the suite being such a methodical person that he is! I don’t know when Rachel finally said yes but I say she’s got to! She finally snagged the ‘Gingie’ boy she was madly crushing on and got him to get down on one knee not just once but twice! A new dreamy fiance and a beautiful new place in one day – a mighty achievement by Rachel, I must say :)
For the engagement shoot, we headed over to Puddicombe Farm Estate & Winery, a place not far from downtown Hamilton. This place is super cute with train tracks, orchards and a winery! We figured this place would be perfect because Rachel and Devin often go on wine tours. Well.. Rachel loves wine tours. Like, really loves them. Devin says he loves drinking wine, but not really a lover of tours. But he loves Rachel, so he goes on wine tours with her :) Cute! As I go through the photos from this shoot – I can’t help but remember how much fun we had. These two make me laugh and go “aww” at the same time and I can only wish that these photos do the same when they share these with their friends and family!
I just simply ADORE this couple. Like ADORE ADORE ADORE! They are so fun, always laughing, and having a good time.. and always over food & wine! They are just super sweet. I love how they interact with one another and really appreciate each other’s strengths. I can just tell that they have amazing hearts! Devin has such a friendly personality, always able to have a conversation with anyone about anything. Rachel, a true sweetheart, always sees the goodness in people and has everyone swooning over her sweetness! I can’t wait until their wedding day because the way that the both of them describe it – it’s going to be one heck of an awesome party with food as the key item! I think I am more excited than they are, to be honest!
Photographer: Samantha Ong Photography