How We Met
It all started with “Happy New Year, gorgeous!” as we exchanged messages on a social media site. In December 2016, prior to ringing in the New Year, I found out that Jeremy was moving back to North Carolina, his home state, after living in Hawaii for two years. (Later, I found out that he was moving back to settle down and meet a girl and that is just what he did!) I welcomed him back home and didn’t think anything of it at the time. I definitely didn’t think I would ever meet him in person. On New Year’s Day, Jeremy wished me a Happy New Year and a week later we had a 13 hour long instant chat session that Jeremy says was part of his thorough “vetting” process. Apparently, I passed with flying colors! Phew! He had already added me as a phone contact with his last name so he must have been sure about it from the beginning. All joking aside, we really discovered just how compatible and likeminded we are in every way. He mentioned he would like to take me out to dinner, but he was still waiting for his car to be shipped from Hawaii. Unexpectedly, his car shipped back earlier than scheduled on Friday the 13th that January. So, he drove the 2 hours to come see me and we went out on our first date that night. The rest is history!
how they asked
First off, we certainly didn’t follow any “normal” timelines when it comes to the proposal and wedding planning. We picked a wedding venue and date, photographer, and planner all before an actual proposal even happened. (Technically, he asked me to marry him before we met, but I don’t think that really counts!) We both knew we wanted to get married this year, but time was flying by way too fast and we hadn’t given it much thought.
In April, we planned an impromptu long weekend getaway where we stayed at Walden Hall in Culpeper, VA. As we were sitting outside enjoying the gorgeous views, we both started talking about how amazing it would be to get married there. Before we checked out, we spoke with the friendly folks at Walden Hall about having our wedding there and a few weeks later we set a date. We also booked Michelle as our photographer soon after as she was on their preferred vendors list (best decision ever!).
In May, Michelle sent out an email to her distribution list of couples announcing that she would be in the Phoenix, Arizona area in June and would be available for sessions. It seemed really fun and we both had never visited in Arizona so we took her up on the offer! We planned for a couples/bridal shoot at The Lost Dutchman State Park near the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Arizona. It was an absolutely gorgeous background for pictures and a totally different landscape than we are both used to living in Southeastern United States.
We had an absolute blast at the shoot. The sun was beginning to set and we were capturing a few last minute shots while the sun was setting. That’s when Michelle asked if we wanted to change into street clothes so we could have a few shots not in our formal attire. I didn’t anything of it, so I changed and we started taking a few pictures. Little did I know that Jeremy and Michelle had other plans. It’s all kind of a happy blur now, but I think Michelle asked us to pose a certain way and that’s when Jeremy got down on his knees and proposed. It was totally unexpected and I feel so fortunate that Michelle was able to capture that moment for us!