Had such a awesome time with Stephen and Danielle! What an amazing connection they have and really shines in these photos!
Read their love story and check out my favorite photos from their awesome session below!
Danielle: “Stephen and I were friends for many years before we began dating. We met at church and hung out with the same group of friends. Stephen asked me on a couple dates in 2005 and I went, but it didn’t feel right, so I ended things with the tragic friend side hug. Little did I know that he would be my husband someday! The next five years our friendship grew and though we were dating other people we would find ourselves talking and getting to know each other better every time we hung out. In the summer of 2010 I was single and finding myself drawn more and more to Stephen, but he still had a girlfriend so I did my best to stay at the friend level. Then that August his girlfriend broke up with him and we began talking and hanging out more right away. From then on everything about our relationship was so easy.”
Stephen: Danielle is just the coolest. I had a crush on her ever since I met her 8 years ago and through our group of friends and our families at church we found ourselves always hanging out. Then, when both of us were out of school and both single, it just happened. We started going out and it felt like we had been together for years. You know those movies that your friends talk up and really get you hyped up for and they never follow through? Well I was always wondering if I was talking up and hyping up Danielle in my head as the perfect girl for me, but after each weekend (because of the long distance thing) we saw each other, no matter how much I hyped up the relationship in my head and really thought about how perfect she really is for me, she would do something to even surpass that. We just have so much fun together. Everything we do is just better because we’re together.
Danielle: This is one of the things I love so much about Stephen and being in a relationship with him. It has always been so easy. I feel like I can be myself around him more than I can with anyone else. I never felt worried that he would judge me or think I am strange (because he is strange too :)). I have never doubted how much he cares about me. He told me pretty early on in our relationship that he loved me, and though it seemed so soon for him to know, I felt it too and I knew that I could spend the rest of my life with him. He tells me all the time how much he cares about me and loves me and how beautiful he thinks I am. He puts up with my moodiness and has been so patient and helpful while I have been in graduate school. He makes me feel more special than I have ever felt in my life.
Stephen: She’s also the most thoughtful and nice person I’ve ever met. It seems like every time I have a crappy day, I get a card in the mail from her saying how much she misses me and how happy I make her. It’s almost like she knew I was going to have a bad day a few days before it happens and I just end up getting a card on that day that just makes me forget all the annoying, frustrating things that made that day bad in the first place.
Danielle: Stephen is my best friend and I have so much fun when we are together. He makes me laugh all of the time and we love being goofy together. Some of my favorite moments are when we are just being stupid together and knowing that even though we are being silly, it’s ok because we can be silly together. It is so nice because we love to do things like travel and try new things and be outside! It’s also great that we but we are both super awkward and so we understand each other and we can tease each other’s awkwardness ( this may sound trivial, but knowing what each other are going through in social situations makes those uncomfortable situations so much better). I also love that Stephen can be serious too. He does devotions with me and prays with me and encourages me in my faith. Knowing that he knows Jesus as his Savior is so important to me and I’m glad that we can support each other in that.
Stephen: How would I brag about her? Hmmm, in pretty much every way possible. She’s fun, thoughtful, athletic, intelligent, and beautiful. We both really like craft beer and have been going to the Chattanooga Brewer’s Festival for the past 3 years. Last year she turned to me during the festival and says, “Can we keep doing this even when we’re older? Like, just get a babysitter for the kids and keep coming to this?” I just love the idea that she just wants to keep doing things, like age and children (not that they have to, but for such 21 and over events) won’t slow us down and we will just keep going out and trying new things. Which is yet another thing she does and has gotten me doing to. We are always wanting to try new things, be it type of food, sports or activities, or just finding a new place to go grab a beer at. I’ve gotten her into frisbee and she’s gotten me into volleyball. Basically, we just have fun together and it’s awesome!
Danielle: I could go on and on about the things I love about Stephen and I truly never stop wondering how I came to be so blessed to have him in my life.
Stephen: She has also really helped me a put an emphasis on my faith. I grew up in a strong Christian family and the idea of church has always been something in my life. But it was something that I felt like I was just going through the motions with. She has been encouraging me in my faith ever since we started dating and I have been trying to do the same. Since we started dating we have been doing devotions over the phone or Google video chat and she has helped encourage me to, with my friends in Huntsville, start a young adult Bible study. Seriously, this girl is amazing!
This might be me but do we all have the same color eyes? Random… I know.
Words cannot express how much fun I had with you two and how excited to photograph your beautiful wedding later this year! Hope you enjoyed this preview of your engagement photos!