Sophie and Cameron

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How We Met

The first time I met Cam, he was a freshman and I was a sophomore in college at Anderson University. However, at the time, we both were in other relationships and were just introduced briefly in passing and that was that. (We both have admitted since then, that we both thought the other person was pretty cute at first sight :) ) Flash forward two years later, and we’re sitting beside each other, single and ready to mingle, at a game night at school that our mutual friends had put together to set up one of his best friends and one of my friends. Little did our mutual friends know that there was more than one love story unfolding that night :) We couldn’t stop talking to each other. Cam had a kindness to him that night that made all those butterflies in my stomach start fluttering – he’s also easily the funniest person I know but I may be a little biased. I guess you could say Cam was interested in me that night too because suddenly, there were more game nights, nights where we both conveniently were studying in the library at the same time, and then shortly after that, He asked me on a first date. Cam pursued my heart from day one and has yet to stop. He is everything that I have prayed for in a husband and abundantly more. We know that our paths crossing a few years ago was not just a coincidence. We are so grateful for how the Lord has brought us together and for the marriage that is ahead of us. Basically, we have yet to stop smiling :)

how they asked

Let me start by saying, I didn’t think that Cam would be able to surprise me this good. We had talked about the possibility of him proposing a few months prior and my exact words were to him, “I don’t think you’ll be able to surprise me, I think I’ll just know and that’s okay.” Boy, was I wrong. Cam swept me off my feet and got me good!

My family had planned a beach trip to Kiawah, SC in June this summer. Cam had a summer internship at the medical school nearby and had told me that he was unable to get out of it for a few days to come along. Somehow I missed that all of that was a lie. Cam had taken a few days off without me knowing and coordinated with my parents to drive down the second half of the week to propose. Like most moms, my mom absolutely loves family pictures and so she had planned that one night during our vacation that we would all go take pictures on the beach. She even asked me what time she thought we should do it…I planned what time I would be getting proposed to and I didn’t even know it.

So sure enough, we went to take photos. As I walked down the boardwalk to the beach, I immediately saw Cam standing on the beach from afar. My heart dropped. He smiled at me the sweetest smile and my heart started to race.

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By the time I got to him I was shaking. As he held me tight I asked, “Why are you here?” He then looked at me with that same sweet smiled and said, “To propose to you.”

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I couldn’t quite believe it!!! All of the sudden he was on his knee and I was looking at the most beautiful ring. My best friend had asked me to spend forever with him and I couldn’t stop smiling!!!

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A few moments and a few photographs later, he handed me a frame full of words that I have yet to stop reading. Apparently, a couple weeks earlier, Cam had written an email full of things he loved about me and why he wanted to ask me to be his wife in an email to not only a dear friend of mine but also a talented photographer who was standing on the beach taking photos of it all.

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These words were now beautifully written out in front of me and tears have yet to not fill my eyes when I read them. I am so grateful that we now have something to forever hold on to from this day. Something tangible to look back on and remember the precious moments we were living in. We have looked at these photographs over and over again and we cannot help but pinch ourselves to make sure it’s real. While photographs are not only beautiful they are also a blessing to us both. How sweet it is for us that we now have these moments in a tangible form.

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Cam and I have yet to stop smiling, we cannot believe that we are getting married! We are so humbled and thankful that we get to spend the rest of our lives with each other learning and laughing together. We pray that our marriage will not be about what we can do for ourselves, but what we can do for each other. We believe and have seen to be true that the best marriages are when we choose to be selfless and strive to serve God with our whole hearts. Ohh how June 24th, 2017 can’t get here soon enough!!! Needless to say, we are giddy giddy giddy!!!

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Special Thanks

Jessi Nichols
 | Photographer