I honestly look back at our beginning and think of so many reasons it may
not have happened. It was in the days of instant messenger and Josh and I
really only talked because we had a few common friends. He was friend-zoned
for years. I always knew that when I signed on, that he would wait the obvious
"I don't want to seem obvious" 60 seconds before messaging me.
One day on IM he asked me to hang out with him at Friendly's and I came
really close to saying no. We hadn't hung out before and I didn't want to give
him the wrong signal, JUST in case. For reasons I cannot figure out, I said yes.
Well, as the day got closer, the more I realized that OF COURSE it was a date.
That day I got into his car feeling kind of awkward and guarded, but by the end
of the evening I knew he was different. He was unlike every other guy I had
dated and I fell a little. Every single day since then I have fallen more in love
with him. Through hardship and arguing and stress and everything that has
come our way, he's been by my side. I never even have to question it.
Oh and yes, my older brother, his wife, and her entire family were at
Friendly's, too. He made sure to come over and give me a bear hug before
introducing himself, haha!It was a story of boy asks girl on their first date, and she didn't know it was
a date. And it was crashed by her older brother.
Wedding photography actually came into my life shortly after Josh and I started dating. I had started college with
intentions of becoming a counselor. When I was needed to transfer schools, I took a semester or two exploring other
options. I took classes at a local college to learn photography while working on basic credits. I met a new friend in
the program and eventually we started shooting weddings together. Through second shooting those first years, I fell
in love with shooting weddings and wondered if I could make a career of it.
Starting your own business takes courage, though, and I had little.
Josh is the biggest reason that I find myself here today. To me, going to college and getting my Masters in counseling
was a safe plan. One where I could have job security and have a guaranteed income. Still, photography kept pulling
at me. I didn't want to let it go, but I wasn't brave enough to be vulnerable and open myself up to failure. Josh helped me
find my courage and I finally took the leap and made things official back in 2013.
Starting a business was hard and it isn't always easy running one, but I love my life and the fact that I get to tell
the story of your wedding day, the story of the day you married YOUR best friend and biggest fan.