Joe & Mingwun // Engagement Session // Northern Maine Photographer


Meet Joe and Mingwun. 

I love when couples decide to do something unique and out of the ordinary for their engagement session. Engagement sessions are meant to be fun and geared toward a couple’s personality. These two were up for an adventurous engagement shoot and adventure is exactly what we found. Shin Brook Falls was the perfect backdrop for this couple. The falls were raging and the water was high, setting off a beautiful mist into the air. It was the perfect scene. 

I can’t wait to photograph their September nuptials! Joe and Mingwun will be getting married at Shin Pond Village. Big plans are underway and Mingwun is excited to incorporate her Native American ancestry into her wedding day celebration. Before you view their images, take a moment to read their beautiful engagement story from the perspective of the bride-to-be. 

 Engagement Story

“In April of 2018, Joe and I were planning a trip to one of our favorite cities for my birthday. Our two best friends were coming with us to Quebec City and I was super excited to celebrate my birthday in such an awesome place. We headed North on April 13 and planned to stay until my birthday on April 16th. When we got to Quebec City, we immediately started celebrating and having a blast. On April 14th, we had dinner reservations at the best steakhouse in the city and of course, all of us being “foodies”, we were very excited. We ate dinner and wrapped up the evening around 10:30 and headed back to the hotel. We had plans to go across the street from our hotel for a night cap before heading to bed. All of a sudden, Joe had this brilliant idea to head down the boardwalk in old Quebec City to see what it looked like at night. I was less than thrilled. It was about 15 degrees and I was so full from dinner. Our two best friends that were with us convinced me that Joe had an awesome idea and that we would just go for a quick trip. We took an Uber ride down to Old Quebec and it was beautiful! There were lights everywhere, lighting up the boardwalk that follows along the Saint Lawrence seaway high up on a hill. We took a stroll along the boardwalk and stopped in front of a hotel called Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. If you have ever seen this hotel in person or even in pictures, you know it is absolutely gorgeous. It looks like a gigantic, old castle and it is one of my favorite destinations in the city. Our friends and Joe wanted to take some pictures, so Joe asked me to turn around and face the river in order for Blaine and Elka to get a picture of us looking out at the water. I turned around to face the water like he asked. When I didn’t feel Joe behind me, I turned back around to find Joe on one knee asking me to be his wife. I was so happy that I just started giggling uncontrollably. He put the ring on my finger and I kissed him. To this day, he still teases me that I never said yes to his proposal and I have to remind him that of course I said yes! I said yes then (maybe in my head, I’m not really sure) and I would say yes now a million times over.”