Uniformed Marine and fiance take engagement photos at reunion

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While engagement photos are a common part of the wedding process, a Minnesota couple made the outing a little more special.

Before Monday, the day of the photo shoot, Ashley Holst of Elk River and Brady Root of Eden Prairie hadn’t seen each other in more than 6 months.

Root has been a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps since 2014. After his flight came in, Root went straight to meet his fiancé.

The couple is set to be married next September in Cottage Grove.

Photographer Kelly Birch said the photos were taken in the alley of where the couple plans to host their rehearsal dinner, at Cafe Lucrat in Minneapolis.

“They love exploring the small and unique restaurants the Twin Cities have to offer,” she said.

By wearing his uniform in the photos, Root felt that he was honoring his country, according to Birch.