For most couples, a date night consists of a candlelit dinner or a trip to a cinema.
But one husband and wife have revealed that they like to go on romantic evening dates in a seemingly unlikely place: Ikea.
Amber Cox, 24, and her husband Steve, 25, from St Louis, Missouri, say they like to go on dates at the Swedish superstore when they can’t get a babysitter for their eight-month-old son Ezra.
The family enjoying playing in the model rooms together, while also getting food during their evenings there.
Amber Cox, 24, and her husband Steve, 25, from St Louis, say they enjoy going on date nights in Ikea together
The couple say they take their eight-month-old son Ezra along with them to the Swedish superstore when they can’t get a babysitter
Amber, Steve and their son Ezra recently had their family portraits taken at Ikea – because they have ‘so much fun while they’re there.’
Explaining the bizarre choice of location for their dates, Amber said: ‘It is important for us to do things together and as a family so when we can’t get a babysitter it is a great place for us all to go.
‘We went a couple of times when I was pregnant. We have taken our little boy there too and we enjoy going as a family. I just love it there.
‘It is important for us to make our home together and to make those kind of choices together.’
Amber, Steve and little Ezra recently had family portraits taken at Ikea, including in Amber’s ‘dream kitchen’
They explained that they wanted to do the shoot there because they have ‘so much fun’ during their visits
Describing the idea behind their family photo shoot, she said: ‘I had the idea for a while. I thought it would be really cool to do pictures there.
‘We thought about it before we had the baby but then it got pushed to the back of my mind.
‘We tried to just go about our normal shopping experience. We had a lot of pictures in my dream kitchen. We also get food there.’
The photographs of the couple, who have been married for three years, were taken by their photographer friend Tammi Camp.
The couple say they pick out items for their home during their visits, as well as getting food
Photographs taken by friend Tammi Camp show the family testing out the model rooms
Amber explained that she used to go to IKEA while she was pregnant, describing how she ‘just love[s] it there’
Tammi, 27, said: ‘Amber and I are lifelong friends. We were talking about what to do for their family shoot.
‘She wanted something fun, unique and something that was fitting for their current lifestyle.
‘She talked about how it’s a fun date night for the family because they have so much fun while they’re there.’
Describing the shoot as ‘perfect’, she added: ‘We even had some other shoppers stop and say how cool it was that we were doing a photo session there.’
Explaining their bizarre choice for a date location, Amber said it was important for them to ‘make their home together’
The family portraits in the superstore were taken by their photographer friend Tammi Camp
Tammi explained how Amber wanted to do something fun and unique for the portraits
She said that other shoppers stopped them during to shoot to say how ‘cool’ the idea was
Eight-month-old Exra is seen playing in the model living room (left), as well as enjoying a trip in the trolley
Amber explained how it is important for her and Steve to do ‘things together and as a family’