Stephanie and Poe’s Engagements – Bentwater in Montgomery, TX

Make sure to read Stephanie and Poe’s love story at the very bottom of this post!

Q. Where did you meet?

A. We met in the dorm, The Tradition at Northgate in College Station, Texas. Stephanie was in her bedroom when the door into the dorm opened and someone walked straight through the living room into her bedroom and said “Hi. I’m Poe.” Both Stephanie and her friend Fin just stared at him kind of shocked he had just barged in and then both said hello. Who knew that that would be the beginning of our love story!?

Q. What was your first impression of him?

A. Well looking past the fact that he had just walked into my bedroom, I quickly realized he was fearless and had no boundaries! Our friendship grew very slowly as we often found ourselves competing against each other to be the funniest person and best story teller!! It didn’t hurt that I thought he was extremely good looking and very attracted to his brawn and strength 😉

Q. What was your first impression of her?

A. I thought she was fake because every person I’d ever met before who was that nice had some ulterior motive for their actions. As I got to know her more I realized she was just being herself and she was the most kind and genuinely selfless person I’d ever met.

Q. What did you do for your first date?

A. Because we had been friends for over a year and a half before we started dating, we don’t have a formal first date, but this is what we both agree was our first date: One afternoon during the summer of 2007, Poe drove up to College Station from his house in Houston to take care of some school issues on campus. While he was there, he came to my apartment, picked me up in his mom’s Honda Accord, and took me to lunch at “Burger House,” a sketchy restaurant in Bryan who claimed to have been voted the best burgers in town (but there is no possible way anyone ever voted for that place!!!) Of course, in typical Poe fashion, he forgot his wallet and lunch was on Stephanie. We enjoyed our lunch while watching Roseanne reruns and catching up on each other’s summers. It would be several months before we became “Facebook Official,” but that was definitely the beginning of something special 😉

Q. When did you know he was the one?

A. Once we finally became an official couple, we got serious very quickly! The first time Nathan said “I love you” to me I started crying! I knew he was the one for me and we were meant to be together forever. That was during what we call “Our Summer,” the summer of 2008. I don’t think we ever stopped smiling that summer and we definitely didn’t spend a day apart! We started planning our lives together, sharing our goals and dreams, and looking forward to our bright and loving future together!

Q. When did you know she was the one?

A. It was definitely the first summer after we officially became a couple and we were both in College Station for the summer. We basically had both of our houses to ourselves. We spent every day together and it was amazing. We had a lot of lazy days that summer when we didn’t do much other than go to class and hang out at my house. I really knew she was someone special when there was not pressure to always be doing something or going somewhere and we could just be with each other and enjoy each other’s company and that was more than enough for us to be happy.

Q. How did he pop the question?

A. It was THE MOST PERFECT proposal ever! There was definitely a lot of pressure and high expectations but Poe rose to the challenge! We both went to Stephanie’s parents’ lake house on Friday for the weekend but Poe had a different plan up his sleeve. Poe arranged for his parents to call on Friday night and request that he come home early on Saturday to go to work with Mr. Poe. Stephanie’s parents said they needed to go shopping on Saturday and volunteered to bring Stephanie back to Houston after they ran errands so that Poe could drive her car back to Houston Saturday morning. Little did Stephanie know that Poe was running all over town preparing for the evening. He went to Costco and bought hundreds of flowers, borrowed champagne flutes and vases from Mrs. Isaac, and enlisted the help of his two friends, Claire and Sydney to help arrange the condo. He created a walkway lined with candles that led from the front door to around the corner in the dining room creating a heart all of which was filled with flower petals. The whole condo was filled with vases of flowers, candles, and wedding trinkets! Poe had also prepared a feast of all of Stephanie’s favorite foods she had been craving while dieting. When Stephanie walked up to the condo, she found the newspaper still sitting on the front porch as if no one had been there all day. When she opened the door she walked into the most romantic scene and was instantly overwhelmed with emotions. She knew she was going to find Poe on one knee just around the corner, so she stopped and did a makeup check in the mirror in the entryway! Little did she know that Poe felt like it was the longest 30 seconds of his life as he waited on one knee shaking with nervousness and excitement. After Poe finished his prepared speech, we both embraced as we cried tears of happiness! We called our friends and family and met with everyone that night to celebrate the happiest days of lives, thus far!

Q. What do you love the most about him?

A. What I love most about Poe is his passion. He is a passionate man; passionate about his family, passionate about his friends, passionate about his work, passionate about his schools, passionate about his hobbies, and passionate about his sports teams, even his fantasy teams. He is also so passionate about me, which translates into our amazing chemistry. I love how much Poe loves me and I know our love for one another will never dissipate but in fact continue to grow each and every day of our lives.

Q. What do you love the most about her?

A. If you have ever met Stephanie you know this question doesn’t have just one answer. There are literally too many things about her that I love to pick one, so I will pick a few that set her apart. I love how stubborn she is. Everyone has always said that I am the most stubborn person they know, but Stephanie definitely gives me a run for my money. I have never met anyone who is as selfless and genuinely kind as she is. I love her sense of humor and how quick she is to laugh or tell a joke to lighten the mood. I love her determination, once she has set her mind to something you can bet that whatever it is, it is going to get done. These are just a few of the things I love about my wonderfully stubborn, kind, funny, determined, and beautiful fiancé who I love.

Q. Does he have any funny quirks?

A. As most people have noticed, he never wears shoes! He once got into my dad’s car to go to Dallas with my family for a weekend trip for a wedding and realized not only was he not wearing any shoes, he did not even pack any shoes! I wanted to kill him! My whole family got a kick out of it but we had to stop at Walmart to get shoes for him. Now he has found a new love, Crocs. He wears them every day and has to be forced to put on real shoes! We’re still discussing if he will be wearing Crocs at our wedding… We’ll see 🙂

Q. Does she have any funny quirks?

A. Well every time I get in her car, as soon as the radio kicks on we get a sound blast from whatever she might have been rocking out to while driving around town. She is a notorious car singer and her favorite artist/best friend is Taylor Swift. I don’t really think Taylor (as Stephanie refers to her because they are “best friends” and on a first name basis) could have a bigger fan. I have yet to meet someone else who knows every word to every Taylor Swift song or who hates John Mayer (for breaking Taylor Swift’s heart as she describes in “Dear John”) as much as Stephanie does. I usually don’t mind listening to Taylor Swift but when she comes out with a new album Stephanie listens to it over and over and over again so that she can learn every word. That is when I start to wish maybe we could listen to something else.

Q. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced together?

A. As we enter this new phase of our lives, we have a new challenge! Poe is on a twenty one days on, twenty one days off rotation on a deep sea rig in the Gulf of Mexico! It has been going from one extreme to the other: spending all day together for weeks and then only being able to talk on the phone for eight to ten minutes every other day! Luckily he does have wireless internet so when we’re both not working we can continue to text using iMessage on our phones. While he is gone it seems to be the longest 21 days of our lives and when he is here the three weeks seem to fly by. Hopefully we will both continue to adjust to this schedule and make it our normal routine.

Q. What’s the secret to your happy relationship?

A. DEFINITELY COMMUNICATION! We have both learned the other is not a mind reader and things work much more smoothly when we are open and honest with each other, clearly expressing our expectations.

Q. Is there anything else you would like to share? 🙂

A. We LOVE our engagement pictures and know we will cherish them forever! Sharing them with our friends and family only make us that much more excited about getting married!!! Thank you so much to everyone who has come to look at our pictures on Adam’s blog and don’t forget you can find out more about our wedding at our wedding website: www.poeandvines.com

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  1. Candice on July 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I love the pictures Stephanie!! Of course they all look amazing 🙂

  2. Leslie Coxon on July 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Love these!! My husband and I got engaged at Bentwater. Beautiful pictures!!

  3. Michael Mabry on July 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Great pics!

  4. jasmine on July 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Loving the pictures steph and poe!

  5. Melanie Duncan on July 6, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I love all the pictures!! Adam did a great capturing the true Stephanie and Poe!! Love you two…

  6. Claire on July 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

    You both look beautiful/handsome. These are framers for sure 🙂

  7. Matt Brown on July 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Congratulations Stephie and Poe! Your pictures came out great!

  8. Ari on July 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    LOVE the pictures! Can’t wait to see how beautiful the wedding pictures will be! Yay for Vines and Poe getting married!!

  9. John on July 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Great pictures. Congratulations!

  10. Nenva Vines on July 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    These are the best engagement pictures I have ever seen. The photography and the subjects are outstanding!! Loved reading the questions. I could literally hear them saying what they wrote.

  11. Don Vines on July 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    What beautiful pictures. I love everyone of them and can’t pick a favorite.

  12. Dona Vines on July 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    The pictures are fantastic! Thanks Adam

  13. Joey Duncan on July 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I can’t wait until January!

  14. Conner Duncan on July 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Awww… so sweet!

  15. Molly Tafreshi on July 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Absolutely stunning pictures!! Can’t wait for the Vines/ Poe wedding!!! congrats!!

  16. Jen on July 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Beautiful Steph!!!!!!!!! you are going to make a beautiful bride!

  17. Collier on July 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Awesome pictures! Im looking forward to the big day! Poe and vines yall look so great together!

  18. Deborah Spradlin on July 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    You kids look great. Loved all the pictures and can’t wait til y’all get married..

  19. Jimmy Spradlin on July 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Great pictures!

  20. Brad Spradlin on July 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Vines and Poe……cool pics!

  21. Steven Spradlin on July 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Looks great guys!

  22. Ashley Russell on July 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I love how you captured the happy couple in these photos!! I’m a huge fan of natural light and these are just amazing. It fits them so well 🙂 can’t wait for the wedding!

  23. Shari Shipler on July 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Loved all the pictures and what a true blessing to be able to capture your love story though photos.

    love, Shari

  24. Sarah on July 8, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Oh my goodness. I LOVE your photos, Stephanie!! You guys are SO cute! Adam did such an AMAZING job!!

  25. Laith on July 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Great pics, and Q/A!!

    Can’t wait for the wedding!

  26. Jill Seifert on July 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    These pictures make me smile….each photo has captured your love for each other! Beautiful!

  27. LaVada Easter on July 9, 2012 at 7:41 am

    The pictures are fabulous. Not only are the subjects beautiful, but the
    photographer seemed to know you so well, and took the pictures in the perfect situations for you both. Loved them, and you!

  28. Marshall Holmes on July 9, 2012 at 8:56 am


  29. Brenda E. Foster on July 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

    These photographs are amazing. They capture the personality of both of you & your happiness. I will cherish them forever.I will certainly tell me clients about Adam’s remarkable capabilities as a photographer.

  30. Tamara Whitley on July 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Love these pictures – wish the photographer lived in Dallas! Congrats on the engagement!

  31. Joshua R on July 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    really enjoyed y’alls pics…we miss y’all!

  32. Mary Beth Michell on July 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Wonderful pictures. What a great couple.

  33. Nick Whitley on July 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    What great pictures and a great looking couple

  34. Bill Whitley on July 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Congratulations on your upcoming marriage – these pictures are fantastic!

  35. Don Easter on July 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    The pictures caught your smiles just as you are, with great background. Favorite was “sittin on th dock o th bay, watchin th world go way.”

  36. Suzanne Snow on July 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Stephanie and Poe, I loved the pictures that certainly showed how in love you are and I really enjoyed reading about your romance. Of course, I had already heard some of it from your Mimi.

  37. Guy E. Foster on July 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Great photos ! Congratulations!

  38. Sue Sparks on July 14, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Absolutely beautiful pictures. Great job!

  39. Kay Stansberry on July 16, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Great pictures! I love the mix of serious and fun – and your expressions really capture your love!

  40. Mark Dennis on July 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

    You two look great! I really like the pictures!

  41. Bryan Eoff on July 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Great pictures, both of you look awesome and genuinely happy. I really enjoyed the one at the top. I also enjoyed reading the Q&A to myself in each of your voices, it reminded me of many memories we’ve shared over the years. Looking forward to the wedding, and I’m certain the wedding photos will turn out great!

  42. Deana Poe on July 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    These pictures brought tears to my eyes! I love you both, and I am not quite sure how you grew up so fast Nathan, but I am the proudest Aunt ever, and I am enjoying being an Aunt to Stephanie now too. Enjoy making memories and your life together. I can’t wait until the wedding!!

  43. Blayne Smith on July 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Y’alls pictures turned out great. You both mean a great deal to me and I can’t wait to be apart of your big day.

  44. Keith Poe on July 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Wow these are great they actually make Nathan look handsome with the beautiful lucky lady.

  45. Amanda on July 20, 2012 at 7:46 am

    AMAZING is all that I can say!!!

  46. Scott miller on July 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Woah! Some of these pictures are a little racy. It must be the 21st century…. Looking good guys. Can’t wait for the wedding

  47. Kathy Eich on July 20, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Love the pics! It is hard to pick my favorite.

  48. Amanda McGill on July 20, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Great Story. Great Pictures. Great Couple.

  49. Joshua Edwards on July 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Great Pictures! Stephanie, I am so happy for you, and I am really excited to have you working here at NRG with me.

  50. Jonathan Fuqua on July 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

    So happy for you guys; great pics! Stephanie…good luck!

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