Lauren and Ricoh

Kinsman, Ohio



Photographer | Lindsay Dawn Photography | @lindsay_dawn_photography

Venue | The Peter Allen Inn | @peteralleninn

Lauren and Ricoh wanted me to capture their engagement session at the same beautiful historical venue that they are getting married in, and they also were hoping for some snow. We definitely got both! The Peter Allen Inn is such a beautiful spot, formally a doctor’s mansion, converted in to a restaurant, wedding venue and inn. After the inn, we headed to Mosquito Lake State Park, where we not only had all of the snow, but some rain mixed in. The rain made their session just that much more romantic!


Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

We first met on FB/Twitter actually. We followed each other on social media before ever meeting in person. Ricoh broke the ice and asked a mutual friend for my number because he was interested! We talked for a while through texting and finally met in person at Kent State Trumbull Campus where we were both currently attending.


What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

Our relationship is one of a kind. We strive to help and push the other in the best direction. We have both been so supportive of one another’s happiness since day one. Even when things aren’t simple, we get through it. Its also kind of amazing, how Ricoh can tell me quirks about myself I never even realized. He reads me like a book. One area we are pretty special in is our humor. We both laugh a lot at each other, and ourselves, even if it’s at the wrong “time”.


How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?

I knew when Ricoh and I met that he was very special, not in a romantic way initially, but he just has the aura about him. He’s so happy and gives off this exuberant smile. I knew he was the warm hearted person I’d want to be around. I didn’t realize he was the “one,” until about 3 months in, which is PRETTY early. I am usually pretty reserved about jumping to conclusions, but I just knew. He was it. In a kind of odd way, we were watching Scared Straight and one of the inmates names were “Jase,” and we both looked at each other and said, I like that name. It wasn’t the name that made me realize, or that we both coincidentally liked the same name, it was the fact that — he and I both saw each other having a real future together. We discussed this moment years down the road and we both agreed this was when we realized we knew we were in it for the long haul.

Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

The proposal happened on December 24, 2017. Ricoh had planned the proposal himself and I was clueless. I think I anticipated him proposing so many times in the past and was wrong that I didn’t ever expect it to happen anymore (LOL). Anyways, we had just decided to buy our first home, which was inherited to his mother when his grandparents passed away. His mom currently lived in our now home, so he told me on Christmas Eve that I needed to come to his moms for my gift. It was nearly 11pm and I was cranky, but he drove me to the house in my PJ’s might I add. When we arrived he made me cover my eyes and navigated me to the tree, where he said he had my gift. With my eyes still closed, he began to explain the gift came with a poem he wrote — he got down on one knee and began to read it… at this moment I realized it wasn’t an ordinary poem, or gift for that matter. I opened my eyes, and to my surprise he was there holding my hand in his asking me to be his wife. I was completely shocked, in awe and surprised. He had one of his best friends record the entire thing and his mother was there to see it too. I am beyond blessed to have such a thoughtful future-hubby to be!


We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

Well, the ring… I picked my own ring out probably a year or so before he proposed. We had a mutual knowledge that we would eventually marry, but didn’t know when. I’ve always known the style I wanted, so I got the serial number and photo written down and stashed it in our silverware drawer. I told him there wasn’t a rush, but I wanted to be surprised if he ever did propose. Its so awesome, the setting is interwoven and has a cluster center. It has a big look without breaking the bank.


Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

We got our engagement photos late in the game, but we are super excited to plan the day. We are about 8 months out and things are getting more and more real every day. We are having a small, intimate wedding with close friends and family; and looking forward to our honeymoon in New Orleans.