Engagements with Purpose: Jill + Jake, Acadia National Park, Maine

Editor Note: We’re pulling this magical engagement out of the archives to include with this week’s National Park Week celebrations! Enjoy!

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Before we begin to share the giving back story of Jill and Jake, I feel it is important we lay out some ground work, for the WILDNESS of this engagement session…..

1. They are not from Maine, but actually drove from Tampa up the East Coast to meet their photographers Jake & Katie (whom where also visiting) in New England for one EPIC Engagement. 2. They camped at Acadia National Park, in Maine, the night prior to their photo session and woke up got started on their journey to the summit of Cadillac Mountain at around 3:30am, to catch the sunrise at 4:30am… Dedication much? 3. Refer to 1. and 2. … Isn’t that enough!? I’m exhausted just looking at these amazing, natural, love filled (and exertion filled) images.

Photography by: Jake & Katie

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How they give:

They both work with refugee children from Myanmar and Congo (mentoring/tutoring/teaching) each week. Jill also helps teach English to adult refugees. Jake works for a non-profit called LYF Inc. teaching adult special needs. He is also a youth director and spends time leading and encouraging the youth on Wednesday and Thursday nights and Sunday mornings. Also before relocating to Tampa, Jill was dedicated to coaching soccer for young girls, in Texas.

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How they met (from Jill):

‘We met at age 12, in the seventh grade. We had friends who were friends but did not get in touch again until age 20. We became BEST friends for a whole year and then as I was leaving for Africa for the summer, he told me he was going to miss me. That was when everything changed. We both started considering dating each other and asked advice/prayer to see if this should happen. God changed our hearts from best friends in to loves and now we have been dating for almost three years.’

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They got married in January, with their reception set at The Rialto Theatre (BSB Vendor) and their intentional wedding kindness didn’t stop there. After announcing our winners for the Wedding World Changer Day last Spring, Jill went out of her way to reach out to several of those volunteering vendors to show her appreciation and support their businesses with her own wedding planning… It was the sweetest gesture of continued generosity!

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Thank you Jill and Jake for your amazing dedication to others!

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WAYS TO GET INVOLVED DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK!

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