As I read their story of how they became, I found myself totally sucked in. Their relationship reminded me a lot of people I knew. I felt totally a part of their relationship and I hadn’t even known them. Well, actually, it turns out they were both in a wedding I had shot last year. They were a part of Bethany and Zack’s wedding, whom I’ve totally fallen in love with! What a small world this is! I love the connections we all have with each other without even knowing it sometimes!
This couple seems to be the MOST supportive of each other and each others lives. There is nothing more that you need in a relationship than love and support from each other! I think they’ve got it!
I can’t wait to shoot this wedding! Congrats to you both again! I couldn’t be happier to be able to make just one more couple enjoy memories forever!!
Story about their growing love:
It was the week of finals, my freshman year of college, and my roommate and I decided we were going to get a snack. When we walked by the desk of our dorm, a girl we knew called us over. She introduced me to David and said that he and I were both going to be Resident Assistants in the same dorm the following year. We made small talk, found out he was going to live right below me, thought, ”hmmmm he’s pretty cute,” and I was on my way.
The next time we saw each other was during our training, and we hung out with different people, but we slowly got to know each other—or quickly, as we lived and worked together. I realized that I was attracted to him, and anticipated the nights when we worked together. In late November, he invited me to a basketball game, of which I am not a fan, but I jumped at the chance. School let out in December, and it would be a month until we saw each other again. I called him during the winter break, and told him I had feelings for him, and he suggested that we hold off on anything until the school year was over…in case anything were to happen, it could be an awkward situation given our living/working situation. I figured he did not reciprocate the feelings, even though I secretly hoped he was telling the truth.
That next semester, we started spending time together, and in March, we shared our first kiss, that we kept secret from everyone, because we still worked together. When we got our placement for the following year, we were in the same building again, and decided at that point we needed to just be upfront about it with our co-workers when we were back in school. However, that summer was filled with trips, expected and unexpected. I had two week-and-a-half long vacations that were planned before we started dating, almost back to back, and had accepted a live-in job that required 30 hours a week, mostly nights and weekends. David worked about 30 hours a week as well, but it was a day job. In the beginning of July, David’s uncle passed away unexpectedly, and he went to Montana for a couple weeks.
We were both unsure of the future, but our relationship continued to grow, regardless of our time apart. It wasn’t soon after summer ended that we were sitting in his car, waiting to go to a friend’s party, when he told me he loved me, and that I was the first person he had ever said that to. I knew I loved him too, and told him, but it wasn’t until a while later when I realized that even though I thought I loved someone else before, it wasn’t anything compared to the feelings I had for David. That this was really love.
Time passed, and we both graduated from college. David currently supports our troops by providing logistical support for the Department of Defense. I am in graduate school, working on autism research, hoping to make a difference in education. I will be continuing my education and pursuing a PhD, and David has been nothing but supportive, stating that he will move wherever to ensure I receive the education I desire.
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This past August, we went to San Diego with David’s family. On the morning of August 4th, we walked to the Starbucks (my guilty pleasure and he hates coffee), and then walked along the beach back to the hotel. It was low-tide and we were looking for shells. Surprisingly, I found a sand dollar, almost intact and was set on finding another. David was a few feed ahead of me and called me over to him, telling me he had something. When I caught up, he handed me an undamaged sand dollar and I was very excited. We spent the day on the beach, wandering around, and went out to dinner with his family. Earlier in the week, we had talked about doing a sunset walk, but because it was cloudy we kept postponing it. We were back in the hotel when David suggested that we go on our walk, even though it was cloudy. After walking for a while, we sat down and watched the surfers. I saw something in the sand, and thought it was a sand dollar, but David told me that we could look at it when we were about to leave. It started to get chilly, and we stood up to leave. David turned to me, and I turned towards the ocean and said “let me just check if it’s a sand dollar!” It wasn’t. When I walked back, he just looked at me, smiled, and got down on one knee. “I’ve been waiting a long time for this…will you marry me?” I’m not sure I actually said yes, I think I was too excited, shaking my head and crying “happy” tears. He kissed me and said, “now was it really necessary to look at that sand dollar,” with a smirk. I soon found out that his parents and sister knew the plan, and there would be champagne waiting for us when we got back, and that they had been watching from the hotel window.
I’m notorious for being silly, and not quite thinking through my thoughts. And even though I had to see if it was a sand dollar, David didn’t get mad, he just accepted my goofy nature and we still laugh about it. My favorite thing I love about David is that he laughs with me, not at me. He entertains my crazy antics and random thoughts, and doesn’t make me feel ridiculous or stupid. And often he will even join in. I feel like I can be myself 100% with him. And he is always willing to listen to me, comfort me, and try to understand what I am learning in school. He has a fantastic sense of humor and doesn’t hesitate to do silly things, that inevitably make me laugh…but I guess all those things are more than just one thing I love about him, but I love them all.