Laura & Michael
A Folly Beach Engagement I knew from the moment that I met these two that I liked them as separate people, and I liked them as a couple. They pulled up early to their engagement session with huge smiles on their faces, ready to get cuddly and take some photos. They are those people you just want to be friends with because they radiate joy and self-confidence. I couldn’t get over Laura’s absolutely adorable smile, and the way the Michael looks at her is precious. I can’t wait to see his face when he sees her for the first time on their wedding day!
I love asking my couples how they met, and about their proposal story. Their proposal story made me laugh and say, “Ahh, I’m so happy you were in sweatpants, because I was too and it’s one of my favorite parts of my story!!” They were traveling up to Michigan to go to a football game at their alma mater. They had an early flight, and Michael remembers Laura saying, “Man I’m gonna look rough when we get to Michigan.” He was planning on proposing as soon as they arrived, and he didn’t want to change his plans. (I don’t blame him! Who wants to walk around with a diamond in your pocket?!) So, as soon as they arrived on the campus where they met a few years earlier, he dropped down to one knee and proposed. Laura in sweat pants and all. This made me think back to my proposal. I had just gotten done teaching my hip hop class and was sweaty, had no makeup, and was wearing the baggiest sweatpants ever when Drew proposed!! But, as I told Laura and Michael, doesn’t that just make the surprise that much better?? She said she had absolutely no idea it was coming at that moment, and I just can imagine the smiles on both of their faces right then :)
Julie & Danny
An Engagement Session in Downtown Charleston
Julie and Danny first met in college while playing club volleyball. (I met my husband in college while playing sand volleyball, but let me tell you, it couldn’t have been my volleyball skills that won him over. I’m really, REALLY bad at volleyball.) Their team had an out of state game, which required an EIGHTEEN hour road trip. They decided to sit next to each other, and while it may have been a long ride, it was the start of their story! I usually ask during an engagement session how the proposal happened, and I have to share theirs! They were living in Dallas at the time, and Danny planned a date night to take Julie to a building downtown that has a restaurant on the 60th floor. The elevator was broken (anyone here watch The Mindy Project?! This totally took me back to the episode where she has to climb to the top of the empire state building to meet HER Danny!) and so they were an hour and a half late to their dinner reservation. The ring was in his inside jacket pocket, and Danny had to keep moving away from Julie as she tried to lean into him. I’m just picturing how this is going down, and Julie being like, “why won’t he let me lean on him?!” After a little bit of waiting for the elevator, Julie suggested they just go back home and eat pizza :) Finally, the elevator is working again, and they make it to their dinner. Danny takes a deep breath, and starts into his proposal. Julie, however, thinks it’s a conversation about their relationship, and starts chiming in. Finally, Danny gets down on one knee, and Julie realizes what’s happening :)
I love that she didn’t even realize until the second he got down on one knee!!
Without further ado, here is the lovely couple :)