This tabletop board game engagement shoot is a natural 20

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We were today years old when we learned tabletop board game engagement shoots were freaking uhhhh-mazing. We've seen plenty of tabletop board game-themed weddings, but incorporating tabletop board games into your engagement session is a whole new level of fun! Daniella of Koontz Photography shot Jess and Patrick's tabletop board game engagement shoot at Cloak and Blaster, a tabletop tavern and game shop. They were able to incorporate their love of board games into their engagement session along with tasty snacks and drinks.

What is an example of a tabletop game? Think Dungeons and Dragons or Settlers of Catan. Jess and Patrick found Koontz Photography through Offbeat Bride's vendor guide, which is so fitting for a couple rocking their love of tabletop and board games at their engagement session.

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Wait to till you read Jess and Patrick's engagement story. It's sincerely the sweetest thing! We'll pass the mic over to their photographer who has all the details on their adorable meet cute playing tabletop board games:

Jess and Patrick met through a mutual friend over their love of board games. Jess and the mutual friend had invited Patrick over to play a Game of Thrones tabletop board game (seen pictured in the engagement session). But then the friend needed to run an errand and his phone was dead and Jess didn't have Patrick's number so they couldn't get a hold of him to let him know that they would be running a few minutes late. 45 min later they arrived back at Jess's home fully expecting Patrick to be gone, but he was still there, waiting patiently in his car. I'm not sure if he was more excited about meeting a hot chick, or just excited to play board games. He says it was the latter. In the digital age it can be hard to find other people who are as into tabletop board games as they are.

Their friendship grew and finally, Patrick decided to make a move. He brushed his arm up against her and she didn't move her arm away. He was excited. Then he reached his pinkie over and grabbed hers. AWW! Skip ahead to the proposal – His mother was cleaning out her attic and found the family's vintage typewriter. Being a writer, Jess had said that she had always wanted to write on a vintage typewriter sitting on a desk facing the ocean. Patrick had to convince his mother to let him use the typewriter for his engagement, but due to everything getting shut down at the beginning of the pandemic the two were stuck inside for months and he was unable to plan. So he had to hide an entire typewriter in their apartment for months until one day he was home when she went back to work.

He cleaned off her desk and put the typewriter there. When she came home from work she was exhausted and just wanted to sit on the couch and relax. She noticed that he was extra attentive to her needs, getting her water and snacks to make her feel better. Then when she went to ask for something else, she started off her sentence with, “Babe, how much do you love me?” Patrick held his hand out and said, “Come here and let me show you!” He led her to the office where she completely missed the typewriter, she said, “What did you clean?” and then she saw it! She was so excited! When she looked closer she could see typed out on the piece of paper was the question, “Will you marry me?” When she turned back around Patrick was on one knee with a fake ring that he had put together himself as a placement for the real thing because they wanted to pick out the ring together.

Jess was so excited she didn't even say, “Yes” she said, “THAT WILL WORK!”

Daniella Koontz, Koontz Photography

Ummm, we're not crying, YOU'RE CRYING. Quick, wipe your tears cuz we need to get into this engagement session with tabletop board games!

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We love that Patrick proposed with a fake ring so they could go and pick out an engagement ring together!

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Tabletop board games pair best with snacks and drinks!

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Making out among your favorite tabletop board games = HOT.

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They genuinely look like they're having so much fun! More tabletop board games at engagement shoots, please.

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Wanna see more tabletop board games in weddings? We have a whole archive of Dungeons and Dragons weddings, DnD wedding vows, board games to play at weddings, and all sorts of geeky weddings that will make your nerd heart sing.

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