Julien Dubuque Monument Engagement

June 22, 2023

Jennifer + Jim

Jen’s sister and brother-in-law felt that Jim would be perfect for Jen. After a blind date watching some live music, though, Jim and Jen weren’t convinced. They both had their walls up at first. However, after a couple of months, they started dating and quickly fell in love.

“The part of the wedding I’m looking forward to most is showing that she is the love of my life.” – Jim

Jennifer and Jim are both avid motorcycle riders and are both passionate about volunteering for causes that are important to them. Jim is a combat veteran, so that is a cause that is very near and dear to their hearts.

During a Combat Veterans motorcycle meet, the Commander pulled Jen up on stage to thank her for all of the work she’s done for Combat Vets. Then he asked Jim to come on stage as well. As soon as Jim stepped on stage, he dropped down on one knee and asked Jen to marry him, with all their friends looking on.

Jennifer + Jim’s Harley riding engagement session at the Julien Dubuque Monument in Dubuque, Iowa.

For their engagement session, we headed to one of their favorite spots in the Mines of Spain, the Julien Dubuque Monument and overlook of Dubuque.

Whenever it’s warm enough, you can catch these two out on the road on their Harley. So, of course, their engagement photos would not be complete without a motorcycle ride! That was a first for me, and super fun to shoot.

Their date nights usually end with Jim taking Jen out for ice cream at Dairy Queen. So we ended their engagement session the same way! They’re so sweet and insisted on getting me a smoothie after we wrapped up. If they ever need a third wheel for their date night ice cream trips, I volunteer. 😂

Scroll down to check out their engagement photos and read about their love story!

engagement photos at the Julien Dubuque Monument

3 words to describe Jim, by Jen | caring, social butterfly

couple dancing and walking at the Julien Dubuque Monument during engagement session

3 words to describe Jen, by Jim | love of my life

engagement photos with harley motorcycle at Julien Dubuque Monument couple sitting on steps near Julien Dubuque Monument during their engagement session

I knew I wanted to spend forever with my love when…

Jen: “When I saw the admiration and love in his eyes for me and his actions towards me.”

Jim: “When she asked me to.”

engagement photos at Julien Dubuque Monument

What is something you both have in common?

Jen: “We both like to volunteer.”

Jim: “We like to volunteer”

What part of the wedding are you most looking forward to?

Jen: “Saying “I DO” and continuing our ride together.”

Jim: “To show she is the love of my life.”

What is something totally different about the two of you?

Jen: “He is an extrovert, and I am an introvert.”

Jim: “🤔”

Harley engagement session at Julien Dubuque Monument

What is a fun fact/something people might not guess about your fiancé?

Jen: “He actually likes to help me with housework and does a pretty good job.”

Jim: “She loves to make me happy.”

engagement photos at Dairy Queen in Dubuque Iowa

These two are so fun! I can’t wait for their wedding this weekend at The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens!

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  1. Faith Eichman says:

    This is such a beautiful way to share the couple outside of their wedding day. Thanks for sharing

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