Nature lovers, you’re going to love this post! The University of Tennessee Arboretum includes 250 acres of beautiful trees, plants, and flowers and it was the the perfect location for Phillip to pop the question to Katie AND for this engagement session, too. Enjoy your walk through the park thanks to these lovely images by 2 Hodges Photography.
How they met: Philip is from Clinton, TN and I am from the neighboring city of Oak Ridge. Both are just outside of Knoxville. We met a little over 5 years ago at a church retreat held at Knoxville Catholic High School. Philip was a leader, and I was participating for the first time. Someone told me I should introduce myself to Philip, because he was the “pun guy” who made people laugh. We really became friends at the Sleepless lock-in following the retreat. 3AM bowling brought us closer together. Neither one of us had dated before, so it was a new experience for both of us.
Why they chose the UT Arboretum: Hiking has been one of our favorite things to do together, so Philip planned the perfect proposal when he asked me during a walk at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge. Since Philip went to the University of Tennessee, and he loved anything and everything that was related to the school, I should not have been surprised that he chose that location. Shortly after we got engaged, Philip had to go back to Katy, Texas. He had gotten a job there after graduating, but I still had another year to get my K-6 Education degree at Lincoln Memorial University. I smiled every time I passed the arboretum on my way to student teaching each day. It was only fitting that we returned to this location for our photography session.
Favorite memory from their school days: Something I will never forget is how Philip used to meet me for lunch every day during my senior year of high school. Philip would meet me on his way to UT, and we would eat together at the Civic Center across from Oak Ridge High School. We ate at the same bench each day, and we stayed in the car when it rained. I always looked forward to that time with him.
Photography | 2 Hodges Photography
Location | University of Tennessee Arboretum