A few months ago I received an e-mail about doing a surprise shoot for a couple whose wedding in Georgia had been cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew. The instant I read it my heart sank - I couldn't imagine spending so much time to plan your perfect special day just for it to fall apart last minute. I loved that this would be a fun surprise for them and hoped it would somehow make up for the pictures they didn't get to take on their actual wedding day.
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect when meeting them but I instantly fell in love with their individual personalities as well as them as a couple. Neither of them could stop giggling at each other and it was so obvious how happy they were to be wrapped up in each other's arms. Karis had a GORGEOUS dress that was such a dream to photograph. I loved having her dance around in it and she kept telling me she felt like a princess - the smile on her face in those images says it all. I'm so thankful that we were able to do this session and that everything turned out so beautifully. Huge thank you to Prairie Fire Winery for all of their help and allowing us to stay late - we even caught a few images with the super moon that night!
Here is a little more of their story:
"Nate and I met in Air Force tech school in Biloxi, Mississippi. We were best friends from the start. We developed feelings for each other but I chose to distance myself because I wasn't ready to start a serious relationship with someone that at some point I would have to leave. I had also been out of a serious relationship for a little over a year and I was just finding myself again. I wanted to have fun and be me and enjoy all the new friends I was making. So I felt bad because I really did care for Nate but I didn't want to string him along and ruin things because we were at the point where we both had feelings and I wasn't ready to commit all of the pieces of myself I had just gotten back after the previous relationship. Eventually I stopped fighting it and decided to just go with the flow and see what would happen. About a month before I left tech school Nate asked what "we" were going to do after I left. It was an important moment in our relationship because it let me know that he cared so much he didn't want us to separate even though we would be in different parts of the country. So we stayed together. I went home in February of 2014 and I moved to Kansas in June and we stayed together ever since. In 2015 I was going for training with the military for November and I was going to miss thanksgiving so Nate drove to Texas and got his mom and they drove all the way to Georgia to surprise me and he proposed to me on November 27. We decided to marry on October 9, 2016 because we met on that exact day three years prior. Everything was going well and coming together quite nicely until we got to Georgia and Hurricane Matthew made sure we would not have any kind of ceremony. The venue closed and I was so upset. However we had weathered a strong storm and we spent some awesome quality time with my family so it was worth the trip. We did end up having a little court house marriage which wasn't my dream marriage and my dad didn't get to walk me down the aisle but I married my best friend so it was all worth it."