Holden & Mary Helen met through mutual friends, right before Holden headed back to school. It must’ve been quite the impactful first impression, because they then spent the first 7 months of their relationship long distance, while he was at the Citadel and she was at USC.
Trips are kind of their thing. Last summer, they were planning a big trip for January. Holden asked Mary Helen where she wanted to go, and she replied with New York! 6 months went into the planning, but Holden had a specific agenda. He was going to ask Mary Helen to marry him! He kept it a secret for so long (seriously 6 months – he gets an award!), and even got a photographer to capture the entire moment when he popped down on one knee in Central Park! And when they got home to SC, Holden had one last surprise for his now fiance – an engagement party!
These two are currently back to living long distance, with Mary Helen in South Carolina as Holden serves in the US Coast Guard in Philadelphia. We got to sneak in an engagement session at Greenville Country Club (their reception venue!) while they were in town last weekend, and we had the best time! We can’t wait for their wedding this November!
If you enjoyed this session, see Braeden & Hayleigh’s engagement session!