Romantic Walk in the Fields Engagement Session, Lenexa KS
Try not to smile, I dare you, as Claire and Joe share a piece of the story of their relationship. You may even laugh out loud and befriend them as we did.
Claire: The proposal is a hilarious story. A bit of background, my mom is battling stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma and for awhile it was pretty bad. Joe and I had many conversations. We thought, Why are we waiting? She could miss this. Maybe we should forgo the “wedding” portion so that she could be there. So, Joe planned a weekend to go down to the family farm and go to my favorite winery for a festival. And I thought, “oh my god… this is it!”
Joe: My fondest childhood memories took place at my family’s farm in central Missouri. It’s the one place I would pick to be at over anywhere else in the world. I had been working since February with a jeweler in St. Louis that both my grandfather and father both have used for my grandmother and mother over the years. Admittedly, I fly by the seat of my pants far too often and I cannot count how many times I was asked the week prior to my proposal if I had a plan; of course, I did not. The local winery had a festival that weekend and we spent all afternoon there enjoying the music and wine. (Claire a bit more than myself…)
Claire: So we go to the festival and I wait, and I wait, and nothing. Honestly, I was a little peeved and Joe knew it. We get back to the farm and Joe wants to go on a walk. At that moment, that was the last thing I wanted to do. I didn’t want to have another conversation about my mom, and timing, and all that stuff, but he was insistent. So we set off with our puppy for a walk. We walked for what felt like forever.
Joe: When we got back to the property I decided it was time. I used the excuse of needing to take the dog for a walk to get Claire out for sunset. She was not happy with the thought of walking through the fields for the evening. Claire made a quick retort of “I’m not going to remember a thing on this stupid walk!” She sure knows how to get under my skin sometimes. With a full-size water bottle in hand we took off across our property, ring in pocket.
Claire: Joe kept saying “let’s go to this hay bail then this one… or maybe that tree or the edge of this field.” By the time the house was back in view, I was done. He insisted, “let’s go to this big tree and then we can go back inside.” When we got to the big tree and I just kept walking. Very annoyed, he said my name and I turned around.
Joe: After an hour of aimlessly wandering the property we finally arrived to my hastily thrown together planned location, a large sycamore tree in the middle of a cattle pasture (take note of cattle pasture). I got down on one knee, let some words come out of my mouth and was met with “you better not be kidding Joe Hubbard”. I wasn’t kidding! She said yes and fell down to the ground to meet me…
Claire: I immediately broke down crying and we both sat on the ground talking for a few minutes. Now at this point our dog is still with us, but we are not paying any attention. She is on a long rope so she can wander and has been walking around sniffing and doing all sorts of pup things. Joe’s farm is a cattle farm…
Joe: “Pup things” should be directly translated to: eating a cow pie while Mom and Dad cried.
Claire: Suddenly, Nora our dog realized that we were sitting on the ground and that I was crying. She came over and immediately tried to comfort me by licking my face. She pulled away and Joe then looked on his brand new fiance who was sobbing with cow poop all over her face.
Joe: Big cow-poop-kisses… So yeah, Claire’s face is covered in tears and cow poop! Quite the great memory…
At First Glance…
C+J first met at a mutual friend’s house. Joe says, “If I had to say something made it ‘special’ it would be the fact that it was a Gin Bucket Party… which holds a special place in our hearts. Oh, and she turned me down… twice.”
Let’s let Clair explain a little. (We always have a good reason, right girls?!) “They were having a big gin bucket party. So, there were your classic drinking games, bonfire, the whole shebang. Joe would not leave me alone the whole night. He followed me downstairs when I went to the bathroom, was somehow on my team for every game and then, when I tried to send a picture to my friend who couldn’t make it, he managed to photobomb the photo I took! (The caption on the photo was I have no idea who this guy is…)
By the end of the night he was able to coax me into going out with him the next week, but when I woke up the next morning I changed my mind and called it off. It wasn’t until a few days later when I was talking to my friends that I realized I couldn’t stop thinking about him. I texted him to ask if his dinner offer was still good… The rest is history!”
“What I love…”
Claire shares, “One thing that I love about Joe is his heart. He has a tough outer shell and at first meeting you wouldn’t know it, but he is so compassionate. Anytime anyone needs anything he will drop whatever he is doing to go and help out. He hates to see anyone in distress and will go out of his way to help them.”
Joe adds, “Claire is an absolutely amazing person through and through, with the patience of a saint to top it off. Let’s face it, I can sure be annoying at times and know all the right buttons to push at the wrong times. To be able to put up with 20+ 5th graders all day and then come home to put up with me all night really takes a special person.”