As a little girl, I totally had my wedding planned out at age eight, flowers, dress, everything! All I needed was my prince charming to come, sweep my off my feet, and make my fairy tale complete. As I got older I learned that it wasn’t exactly as easy as all of the movies and stories made it out to be. Finding him was a lot harder than I thought, but I never gave up, I always told myself that I wouldn’t give up on anything, even if it hurt me.
Well, after many years of searching, I found him; my fairy tale came true. On Friday October 19, 2012 my very best friend got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It’s so funny the way it all happened really. We talked over the summer about getting married because it just made sense, being together made life easier. So, naturally after so much anticipation and talk about it all, I knew it was coming. Poor thing, knowing myself, I knew that he had quite the challenge before him. From day one I told David that when the time came he HAD to have Anna hiding in the bushes, in the nearest tree, wherever to capture every stinkin’ moment of it all. I just knew that in all of the shock, and excitement I would forget the small details and that just couldn’t happen!
The Tuesday prior, I received a phone call from Anna explaining that she had been planning a big photo shoot for her blog for months now and that her model had suddenly cancelled on her. After venting out her frustration she asked if there was any way possible that I might be able to fill in as her model. Of course, I was ecstatic and immediacy agreed to rearrange anything I needed to in my busy schedule to be able to help her out. I’m not going to lie, after we got of the phone I got a bit curious, but after talking with she and David throughout the week, I slowly started to tell myself that I needed to get that sweet little thought out of my mind, that it just wasn’t going to happen. Life continued through its hectic weekly process, and as Friday approached I started to get really excited. I’ve always loved nothing more than having my picture taken, not to mention I was excited to see Anna and catch up with her. She came and picked me up around 5:15 that evening and we headed over to Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, GA. In the 30 minutes that it took us getting over there I told her all about our first date and how excited I was that I had found my best friend. To tell you the complete truth after that car ride, I was totally convinced that yet again, I was wrong, and that this really was just a blog shoot. I mean Anna perfected the little white lie to a T, with props and everything!
When we arrived, we walked out to the beach to start taking pictures. That night couldn’t have been any more perfect. The sunset was breathtaking, and the temperature was just right. I grabbed up my bouquet and we started our “photo shoot”. About 15 minutes in, I suddenly felt a tap on my shoulder and I turned around to my David.
For the first two second I was in such shock I really didn’t know what was going on until he so gracefully got down on one knee, looked me dead in the eye, and said “Jeanie Beth, I love you. Marry Me.” That was it – that was all that needed to be said. I looked back at Anna and then back to David and just grabbed him, squeezing him as tight as I possibly could. I didn’t want to let go, I didn’t want to loose nor forget that feeling that I felt in that very moment, until he said “Well, are you going to put the ring on?!” I shouted YES!, gasped over how stunning it was, slipped it on and went in for another hug.
I wish so badly that everyone reading this could feel what I felt in that very moment because it was the most beautifully wonderful thing I’ve ever felt in my life thus far. This one person, on this huge crazy planet we live on, wanted to marry little ole me. I really tell everyone that my fairy tale came true 6 months ago when I met him (and yes, I’ve known the love of my life, my fiancé, for only 6 months). For the longest time before we met, after failed relationships friends and family would tell me “Oh honey, there’s someone out there for everyone” and “There’s someone that’s looking for you, you just have to find him”. I would just roll my eyes in disbelief, I was so totally over that load of you-know-what, it almost made me bitter on the whole relationship idea.
Well ya’ll, I am sitting here telling you that I’ve simply won my own personal lottery – I have found “that person” and he his legitimately my favorite person on the face of this earth. My life has made more sense in the past 7 months than it ever has, and I have him to thank for that. Every little girl deserves a happy ending to her fairy tale, and that’s exactly what I know I’m in for. I found him, he’s my person, and I get to be his wife.
Photos by Anna K. Photography