I was 19 years old when we met. For our first date, he planned a hike to a beautiful waterfall for us. I remember when he’d asked me on the date, he asked if I liked hiking. “I love hiking” I lied (justifying that I was sure I would). I’d actually never been on a hike in my life but that’s just not what one says when looking to get a date.
As we got half way up the mountain side and I realized that making my shoe decisions based on the ones that made my feet look the smallest was a really bad idea, he offered to stop for a little rest. I was impressed that he’d thought about the details as he pulled out 2 apples, 2 bottles of water and a box of crackers for us to enjoy.
As we continued on the trail we shared stories about our lives, what we loved, what we didn’t, our values and our dreams. There was something about him… Something that seemed to fit perfectly with me…
Later that night I met up with my girlfriends. When they asked how my date had gone, I simply responded, “I’m going to marry him.” And that was it. I knew… I always knew.
This year marks 10 years of marriage. If someone asked me what would you want for your anniversary? It would be photographs. I have this bucket-list, this dreamy list of who I would have photograph each scenario of my life. For example Sue Bryce would photograph me alone, Tamara Lackey would photograph our family and Jerry Ghionis would photograph Taylor and I. It’s a pretty incredible list, I know. Kind of like smiling next to Oprah and the Queen but nevertheless there it is!
On Tuesday night of the 5 day Jerry Ghionis workshop, we found out that one of our models needed to leave early, leaving us short one couple for our last shooting day. The replacement models became Taylor and I! And so unbelievably, on the cusp of our ten year anniversary my wish came true…
A huge thank you to Destiny Taylor for doing an amazing job with hair & makeup for all our models.