Happy Anniversary, Baby!

“You know you are in love
when you see the world in her eyes,
and her eyes everywhere in the world.”
– David Levesque

It was January 2008 when I first saw her. I immediately knew what I had to do.

Within the next two weeks I had fumbled through my awkward shyness with the help of a little social networking and somehow managed to be on a date with the most beautiful woman in the world — and she was enjoying herself!

“Don’t screw this up, Chris!”, I told myself.

We couldn’t get enough of each other’s company. One date immediately turned into two, then three and four. In what seemed like just a few moments we had fallen in love.

I don’t know if it was her endearing professional-level aptitude for destroying me at video games or the fact that she tolerated my ridiculous sense of humor…but I knew soon after that I had found my future partner-in-crime, my sidekick for shenanigans, and the queen of my castle.

On June 24, 2011 I (finally) asked her to be my wife. (Of course I had cameras set up, I’m a photographer :-})

We were married less than a year later on March 31, 2012.

I couldn’t sleep the night before. My mind was exploding like a July 4th fireworks display. I was beside myself with excitement. The morning of our wedding I was beaming. (Still am, by the way.)

I met my brother, Derek, and sister-in-law Meredith about 10:00AM and we piled into Derek’s ’62 Ford Fairlane. The only thing I really knew to do to process my emotions was to take photos. So I did.

Our first stop was the reception venue to finish up some decorating along with some other family members. We had a lot of work to do but everyone pitched in and made the place look stellar.

We kept it simple and just wanted some bright pops of color to help accentuate the celebration.

It was almost game time at this point. With not much time to spare we made our way to the church to get into our tuxedos. I kept imagining how amazing she would look walking down the aisle. I was nervous and anxious and excited. I did a lot of gigglesnort/crying at the same time (from this point until about 3 days after the wedding). It was weird but it didn’t stop me from just giving in and letting it flow.

(Photo by Daniel Min)

She met me at the altar as my face scrunched up involuntarily, releasing tears of happiness. She was beautiful and could not have been more angelic in her perfect gown. The ceremony itself became a blur at that point. I was so enthralled with it all that I’m not even sure if there was a moment where I wasn’t crying, about to cry, or trying not to cry.

(Photo by Daniel Min)

We spent the next 45 minutes trying not to explode from sheer joy.

(Photo by Daniel Min)

(Photo by Daniel Min)

Love is like the sun coming out of the clouds
and warming your soul.

-Anonymous

(Photo by Daniel Min)

Our love and relationship had been solidified. Our commitment publicized. Our celebration witnessed and recorded.

(Photo by Daniel Min)

This first year together has been amazing. I can’t believe how quickly time goes by. We’ve made so many changes and adjustments to make our lives more enjoyable, memorable, and fulfilling that I can barely even imagine what life would be like without her.

Words on a page can’t do it justice. Thank you to everyone in our lives who has helped to make us who we were, are, and will be tomorrow.

Most of all: Thank You, Meagan. Thank you for being a willing participant in my story and allowing me the privilege of being a part of yours. You’ve always presented me with an understanding and loving kindness that meets me wherever I am with open arms. Your love, patience, dedication, and most of all encouragement has uplifted my soul to a place where I am fulfilled in the deepest sense. I want the world to know how amazing you are because you never give yourself enough credit.

I would not be the person I am today without you.

I love you and I love our adventure together.

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