From the photographer – Blu Moose Photography: Heather and Derek’s engagement session took place in May at Pierre Paquette Park in Portage. The couple met at Cabela’s at the end of 2014 during the holiday season. Heather had been working there since summer of 2013. Derek was working there part-time to keep him occupied while attending technical school. The first time Heather saw Derek at Cabela’s she knew there was something special about him. In her mind she said to herself, “Yup, I want to date him”. She would purposely go out of her way to run into Derek and smile every time she’d see him, which was unusual for her to do because she tends to be more shy. But with Derek everything was different, much different. She told another co-worker about the crush she had on Derek and it didn’t take long before word got to him and they exchanged numbers. It just so happened that Derek was very much into to Heather as well.
After 2 years of dating and making countless memories together, the end of 2016 became very eventful as everything happened all at once. Before they knew it they were both in different careers and working full time jobs. Then came along their loving child (of the 4 legged kind) -their beloved puppy Callie, then they moved in together. At this point things were good for Heather and Derek, but it was about to get even better. A friend and former employee from Cabela’s who worked alongside Derek also worked at a jewelry store and designed Heather’s engagement ring. On December 17, 2016 Heather came home from work and saw Callie running down the stairs to greet her with a big bow around her neck. Derek told her to check out her new tag and when she did it said, “Will You Marry Me?” on it. The ring was tied around the bow. Heather was so in love the proposal and knew then she would be marrying the man that stole her heart at Cabela’s. Heather and Derek are so excited and cannot wait to be married in May of 2018.