I’ve been looking forward to Becca and Jake’s mini golf engagement session from the moment that they mentioned it. Their wedding this October is going to be so cool and I am still nerding out over their vision. So when it came time for engagement session planning, I wasn’t the least bit surprised that their idea was just as unique. Planning a photo session around an activity is a great way to break the ice and warm up to being in front of the camera!
Jake and Becca met via an online dating app when they lived in Pittsburgh, PA. For their first date, they went to a traditional keg tapping event at a local beer hall. A keg tapping ceremony marks one or more brand new kegs that will be ‘tapped’, and often implies a new or rare beer becoming available. “We had an amazing time standing on the benches, cheers-ing with the steins!” Becca said.
In 2017, Becca and Jake made the move together from Pennsylvania to Arkansas. They were there for 5 years while Becca went through school. After receiving her PhD in clinical psychology, she got a job offer for a post-graduate position in Arizona. In June of 2022, they made their second big move together to Tucson. Luckily, Jake’s career in mechanical engineering working as a Civil Drafter allows him to work wherever Becca needs to go!
Becca isn’t a fan of big crowds or drawing lots of attention (I’m with ya, Becca!). So Jake planned out the proposal perfectly! He popped the question in the privacy of their home, presenting Becca with a colorful engagement ring. Then they went out to dinner at Commoner & Co where he had already lined up a reservation. They couldn’t help but smile and giggle at their table, filled with excitement from the big event that had just quietly transpired.
After having to reschedule due to rainy winter weather, I was happy to see the forecast show nothing but sunshine. The wind was a bit unruly, but it was definitely welcomed with the summer-like heat already creeping in. Becca and Jake’s rockabilly-styled outfits fit right in on the mini golf course, too. The bright pops of red color really upped the fun vibe! They also spent the whole morning together getting pampered before their session. So they showed up to Golf N’ Stuff relaxed and excited for photos!
As we walked up to the next area, Jake stopped and pointed out something hiding in the shade of the miniature Victorian house. Rather than scare off this little cutie, we just grabbed a quick photo and went to the next hole.
Becca and Jake told me they wanted to incorporate their love of the fun and classic Rockabilly style of the 1950’s into their session. The mini golf course was the perfect backdrop!
While the more candid-style photos at the golf course we’re more up their alley, Jake and Becca still wanted some classic desert engagement photos, too. They’ve lived in several different areas of the United States together already. Now they’ve commemorated their time here in Arizona with the iconic saguaros. It was a little more windy and cloudy out by the time we got to the desert trails, but their burgundy outfits really popped against all the green!
This October, Becca and Jake will celebrate on Mt. Lemmon with a whimsical, fantasy-inspired wedding. I’m so excited to see how they incorporate some of their greatest passions into their big day together!
Christy Hunter is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Seattle, Washington.
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