The Saga of The Hot Librarian

POSTED IN : Casa de Youngren, Our Love Story

I had no idea that I was The Hot Librarian.

Jeff was a biology major in college, and he spent most of his waking hours in the library studying with his biology classmates – a group that Jeff likes to call ‘The Nerdlings.’

I was a Literature major and spent many bored hours in the library at the front desk as a student worker. And Jeff and The Nerdlings (band name alert!) apparently referred to me as The Hot Librarian.

At the time, I was an eighteen year old country girl that had just moved to San Diego from the fields of Idaho, and San Diego was filled with blond haired, blue-eyed, tan legged, beach girls that wore bikinis to history class. I wore glasses and read constantly. I loved flannel shirts and the only bikini I ever owned was for my Cabbage Patch doll. I was not, by any means, hot.

Which should tell you one major thing. In order to consider me hot, this group of Bio nerds had spent so much time in the back corners of the dusty shelves that they had calibrated their Hotness Register according to the females that they regularly saw in the library, which now that I think about it would have been the reference librarian, Ms. I-Think-Turtlenecks-Are-All-the-Rage, and the janitor.

Nonetheless, with his gaggle of bio nerdlings whispering in the corner, Jeff would saunter up to the front desk and check out books during my shifts. Big books. Smart books. Books like Systematic Theology and The Dawn of Man. Books that were supposed to cause me to slowly slip off my librarian glasses, look this Bio Hunk up and down, leap across the circulation desk and fall into the arms of my long-awaited science hero.

“Teach me about organic chemistry!” I would plead and he would throw back my hair and kiss me passionately right there in the reference section.

But I never noticed. Not once. In fact, the only time Jeff ever got my attention was the time he asked me two days in a row if he had any books overdue. Which at that point, he became that guy – the annoying dude that didn’t realize that books can be checked out for multiple days in a row.


It wasn’t until a mutual friend introduced us and Jeff finagled his way into a first date with me that our love story actually began. But more on that later…

(To be continued… This is the first part of the story of how Jeff and I fell in love. You can read the entire series here.)



Hi there! We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren, a hubby and wifey wedding photography team in San Diego. We shoot together. We travel together. We dream together. And we believe the best thing to hold onto in life is each other (+ a great glass of wine…)


the portfolio


Loving our work? Check out our favorite weddings we've ever photographed








Our Formula for the Perfect Engagement Outfit


Picking the perfect outfit for a photo session can be one of the most difficult experiences BUT it doesn’t have to be. I’ve seen enough outfits that work and don’t work that I’ve cracked the ultimate code for our couples...


Our Stress-Free Wedding Day Timeline 


There’s nothing better than a stress-free wedding day when everything runs smoothly, your guests have the time of their lives, and you soak in the day with your sweetie. Though it sounds too good to be true, you can...


10 Foolproof Tips to Get Gorgeous Wedding Photos


It’s the #1 question brides ask: What can I do to get the most amazing photos on my wedding day?

Having been through the in’s and out’s of countless weddings, I have loads of tips to share, so let's...


We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren, a hubby and wifey team that photographs amazing couples and their incredible weddings. Hopeless romantics, BFF's, and mama + daddy to James, we’re obsessed with traveling, podcasts, Oreos (Erin) and whiskey (Jeff).