I am so very lucky to have such wonderful people to work with… like these two: Sarah and Joel. First of all, I just want to share how much fun I had with them. They were completely open to really pursuing the beloved techniques I enjoy using in my couple sessions, and I think it shows with the genuine emotion in so many of the images. Here’s their story…
The story of how we met is by far the biggest testament to how great God is! It truly is a small world and the chances of us meeting, in the way that we did, were pretty amazing. On October, 8th 2011, LSU vs. Florida, 98,000 fans, two Tiger fans would cross paths at a tailgate party, forever changing the course of their lives. You always hear of two people having an instant attraction towards each other and from then on being inseparable. That has become our story! We started talking and before we knew it, hours had elapsed. We were so absolutely absorbed with the physical attraction, as well as emotional and spiritual connection that existed. We both sat there on the cool grass, surrounding Tiger stadium, fans cheering, as we were celebrating our own victory of finally meeting the partner we had always fantasied about. We both look back at this day as a day of reckoning, a day that we feel led us to see that true love does exist and soul mates, when found, is an incredible event to behold. We shared our first kiss on that day, and ever since, we have completely lived in awestruck wonder of how completely in love we are with each other. We knew from that first day, this partnership was not like any other, and from now on, our future would hold all the dreams and aspirations that we could ever fathom. The greatest thing in this world is to love and be loved in return…
From the first moment we met, we would talk more and more about our lives in depth. The more we shared, the more we just couldn’t believe that we found the most perfect significant other. I would stop the conversation and ask him, “So whats wrong with you? You can’t be this perfect… lol.”
I never understood how some people say they just “Knew” when they met their significant other, that they were going to be the one, until that LSU game day, when I met my “One”. I even went home the very next day to tell my mother that I am sure I met the guy I am going to marry.
Take a look at this amazingly gorgeous ring! They designed it together. The main diamond is from Sarah’s mother’s wedding ring. She passed away in February so I’m sure this is a very bittersweet time for Sarah. On the sides of the ring, they had little butterflies in the metal set with her mother’s birthstone. The butterfly is actually because of Dollywood. When Sarah was younger, they used to vacation in the Pigeon Forge area, and Dollywood became one of her favorite places. It holds so many wonderful memories that she wanted it incorporated in some way.
The proposal… We took a weekend vacation to New Orleans. Saturday, May 12, 2012, Joel brought me to Chef John Besh’s restaurant, August, for a romantic dinner. Then we took a carriage ride around the French Quarter and at the end of the ride, he walked me up the steps in front of Jackson Square, got down on one knee and proposed!! I said YES!! I am engaged to the love of my life, my true soul mate. I thank God every day for bringing us together!!
Our wedding date was chosen for a few reasons. We see December 31, 2013 to be a romantic day, being able to look back on the past year with a grateful heart and allowing our lives to move forward to the new year with a fresh start. Picking this day, using our future wedding date for anniversaries, in my opinion, will allow Joel and I a new look into our marriage at the end of the year and when that clock strikes midnight all of our past quarrels and even the happy times will be just that, the PAST. Allowing us to look back an reminisce in the past but not bringing it into the new year. ( Lol, that might sound cheesy but I hope you understand what I was trying to say. It is hard to put into words what this date symbolizes to us and the significance it is going to mean to us in the future.)
We are pretty much glued to each others side through everything we do.
We love to be adventurous, trying new things and not sticking to one thing. We both love to travel.
I wish you all kinds of happiness, and I look forward to being there to see you say, “I do!”
Venue 1: Pigeon Forge in front of the Red Roof Mall
Venue 2: The streets of Gatlinburg
Hair and Makeup: Alicia at Fringe
Photography: Knoxville Wedding Photographer — Star Noir Studio