Breaking the Code

POSTED IN : Casa de Youngren, Our Love Story

If you want to learn how to secure a date, Mr. Jeff Youngren has broken the code.

It happened right after we had “made some serious eye contact” in the cafeteria. Eye contact which I was completely unaware of. At this point in the story of how we fell in love, I thought Mr. Rabbit Man had given up the chase and was long gone. But as far as Jeff knew, I was giving him dreamy looks from across campus and totally longed for a date with him.

It was a Friday night when it happened. Being the seriously cool librarian that I was, I was sitting alone in my dorm room doing homework when I got a phone call.

“Hello.” I answered.

“Hi! This is Jeff!”

Crickets. I had no idea who Jeff was. Jeff, Jeff, Jeff, who is Jeff??

“Ummm, Heather’s friend…”

“OH YEAH!” It was Mr. Rabbit Man. How’d he get my number? “What’s up?”

“I’d like to take you out on a date tomorrow night,” he replied.

“OH!” I had never heard a guy be so direct before. Normally us girls have to wait through a long string of “umms,” “maybe’s” and “if you wannas” before boys finally get to the point of asking us out. I had no idea how to respond to such an innovative and straightforward  approach.

“Ummmm, sure??”  It was more of a question than an actual answer.

“Great-I’ll-pick-you-up-at-eight-bye!” Click.

And he hung up. I sat and stared at the receiver for a good five minutes trying to figure out what had just happened in that whole 30 second exchange. Apparently I was going out on a date the next night, and I was fairly sure it was with Mr. Rabbit Man.

I walked into my friend’s room next door to give her the latest Rabbit Man update, and we came to the conclusion that this guy just might be pure genius. I mean, if I don’t have his number and he didn’t give me a chance to back out, then I’m kind of committed right?


And if you want to learn how to swoon a freshman Idaho girl on a first date, then Mr. Jeff Youngren has also broken THAT code. But that’s a whole different story.

(To be continued… This is just one part of the story of how Jeff and I fell in love. You can read the entire series, or start at the beginning here.)


Welcome! We’re Jeff & Erin.

It’s our job to help you slow down and experience every moment of your wedding day – because we believe that it should be savored from top to bottom.

We’re Jeff & Erin Youngren, a hubby & wifey wedding photography team that believes timeless trumps trendy, life is best done together, and tears, hugs, & high fives should never be held back.

We consider our couples part of our family – and we cannot wait to meet you!

Start Here


About Us

We're Jeff & Erin

We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren, and we believe running a business should be life-giving (not soul-sucking). So we’re passionate about teaching other photographers to run life-giving businesses and book clients they absolutely love.  

For 15 years, we’ve photographed weddings all over the world as a hubby & wifey team, but we’ve also grown a multi-brand photography studio in San Diego, CA. 

New Here? Start with these posts!