When John (let’s call him Johnny D) and I first started dating I heard so much about this guy named John Warren. Johnny D said he is one of the main reasons The Photo Bus company will still kicking (er, driving!) was because of this guy’s VW expertise… but I’d never met him. As far as I knew he was a mythical human being because I’d met so many of his friends already but if he did, in fact, exist I had pictured him in my head to be “really old” because young people can’t own 18 VW buses in their young lifetime.
Then one evening I was hanging out with Johnny D and this guy “John” walked in. It wasn’t until after he left that I found out he was THE John Warren. The reason I didn’t know it was him was because he wasn’t old and he didn’t mention Volkswagen buses once… seriously, not once. All he could do was talk about a girl. He showed me a picture of her on his “dumb” phone said their meeting was just like it happens in the movies. They were in Las Vegas and he saw her from across the room and said to himself, “I’m going to marry this girl.” So, he went up to her, introduced himself, and, as they say, “the rest was history.” She lived in Montana, and he was in Kansas City. Every chance they had they were traveling to be together until finally she moved to Kansas City. John took his time to propose, though, because he didn’t want her to feel rushed. I mean, she was brand new to the area and she’d left everything she knew back home. When he did finally propose to her on a trip to visit her family, it was perfect and private- just how they always imagined the proposal would be.
A week or so before their engagement session they were talking to us about how much they love CharlotteTheHipsterDog, so we encouraged them to get a dog (because they’re awesome). “No, no, no. We don’t want a dog.” Less than 24 hours went by and we received a photo (from John’s now-smart-phone): “LOOK! WE GOT A DOG! His name is Oliver and we’re fostering him but we love him so much already we’re probably going to keep him.” And they are. Of course he had to be in their engagement photos, too, because he’s part of the family now. They also wanted to include John’s super rare 23-window-VW-bus so we began the photos in their backyard before moving to the Liberty Memorial which has Lacey’s favorite view of Kansas City.
John Warren told us, “Lacey was the first thing besides family, friends, and God that I loved more than VWs”… and that’s a strong statement!