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”.
- Ships Passing in the Night
- First impressions
- Hi, I’m your boss now
- Is this going to be awkward?
- Tinkerbell and Peter Pan
- The Infamous Movie night
- Feelings revealed
- Our First Date
- Oceans Apart
- Making it official
- Big Sur and a Big Adventure
- The Accidental I love you
- Dating wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows
- The Proposal Part 1
Kyle had been in India for two weeks and the no contact thing was more difficult for me than I had anticipated but Kyle, already knowing this about me, had left three really wonderful things for me to make the distance feel a little less far. The first was a secret page on the blog for the trip, the second a note, and the third was a song.
Both the blog and original video of the song are now lost in the abyss of the internet. But we still have the note, and I got permission to share it with you though he was pretty reluctant and a little bashful. Here it is:
“If I were a tree, you would be the wind that brings my branches to life, causing me to sway to your every movement. You make me want to dance; to express the joy that wells up within me. And when you are gone, just like a breezeless day, I will pine for you. Don’t get me wrong, just as the tree does not need the wind to survive, I do not need you. I am rooting in Jesus and He is the soil in which I find nutrients and a firm foundation. However, as the wind does to the tree, you cause my whole being to move. Your gentle touch invigorates that which was one inanimate. And in its absence, I will mourn. I will turn into a weeping willow, slunk over waiting to be set straight by your uplifting currents.
But trees cannot seize the breeze just as I cannot feel your embrace when I am away. But retrospective thoughts can be kept; and so they shall, until our reunion. Then we can dance once again, intertwined in each other’s arms with joy and fulfillment in our hearts. Oh what a joyous day that will be indeed.”
The two and a half weeks seemed like eternity and gave me plenty of time to basically memorize this note and the song, and fall in love with him. Every once in a while Kyle will sit at the piano bench or pull the guitar off the wall and play it for me. And it never fails to make me smile.