One of the biggest things I love about being a wedding photographer is the stories. Each couple has one. And I love meeting with newly engaged couples for the first time and listening to the “long version” over coffee. I love all of the little details and like what they were thinking, who made the first move, and all that good stuff. I seriously cannot get enough of it. Often at the end of these coffee dates, my couple’s will ask, “what about you?”. So I decided it was time to share the story of how Kyle and I fell in love too. All the way from “hello” to “I do”.
The semester was coming to a close. Our boss gave us the go-ahead for a date (but nothing official), once the semester was over. So you better believe that the night both of us were done with finals, Kyle had a date planned.
We had dinner at the elephant bar and splurged on Creme Brule for dessert. We then went ice skating. Gliding hand and hand around the rink feeling like we were on cloud nine. To end the night we went to a nearby park to star gaze. As we laid looking up at the start he started singing Crazy Girl by the Eli Young Band. The Chorus is “Crazy girl don’t you know that I love you” and when he got to the I love you part he quickly muffled the words. I said, sorry I didn’t catch that last part. We died laughing. And he tilted my chin up with one finger and gave me a kiss.
To this day we still snicker whenever we hear that song.
For the next week, we were pretty much inseparable. But while spending so much time together we still kept boundaries since we weren’t technically allowed to date yet. We were both back home from the holidays but Kyle would often drive up to see me in Redlands and I would go down to see him in Dana Point. He was about to leave on the trip we had been preparing for the whole semester. New years day he and his team would be leaving for India for two weeks. We would have no communication but Kyle had prepared a couple of things to leave with me while he was gone.
What he created is still so special to us and is what inspired our marriage tattoos.