May 17, 2017
I’m not even sure where to begin with this couple – it’s such a long and funny (coincidence funny, not haha funny) story. So rewind almost 7 years to when Colby and I first started dating. We were having lunch someplace, I totally remember it as Stevie B’s but don’t quote me, and we ran into someone he went to high school with. His name was Marcus and even though we only chatted for a minute, I always remembered him after that. Colby told me about him and his beautiful girlfriend, Randi. They came up in conversation every once in a while, usually when we ran into more EPHS alumni but that was the extent of my relationship to them until right around the Holidays last year.
Colby’s childhood best friend and his family have become an extension of our own family over the years and they stopped by our new house to visit while the best friend (who now lives in Florida) was in town. His mom, Kathy, mentioned running into Randi and Randi said I was her wedding photographer. Then it clicked!! I work with a local venue and provide my photography services as part of their inclusive package and I had received a list of couples and dates at that point but because I really stink at the whole life/work balance thing, I promised my family at least a few days technology free and I hadn’t contacted the couples yet. How on earth I saw “Randi” listed as a bride and it didn’t register, I’ll never know.
Her Story: October 15, 2016: After over five and a half years of dating I had been hoping a proposal was right around the corner for awhile! For the past couple of months I had my fingers crossed each weekend hoping this would be it! The morning of the proposal I even glanced over at his pockets telling myself, “Its not today either. There is no way a ring box is in those pockets!” So I put the idea out of my head to enjoy the day! We spent the day in Elijay, Georgia at an Apple Orchard with my parents and sister; Holli. The Orchard was not quite what we expected. It was geared more for younger guests complete with puppets, a petting zoo, and pony rides! We still had fun walking around, completing the Apple Tree Maze, laughing at the unique/ slightly creepy mannequins, and buying everything we could get our hands on in the market! I mean how could we pass up Apple Donuts, fudge, or apples for pies?! After leaving the orchard we headed downtown to an Arts and Crafts Festival. Hunger was upon us so we decided to cut the crafts short, eat, and come back! We found a restaurant within walking distances and enjoyed a tasty lunch! As we headed back to the Arts and Crafts Festival we had the option of walking around the square or cutting through it. Marcus and I were in the front of the group and he suggested we cut through the center of the square. We were walking hand in hand toward the fountain in the center of the square when Marcus stopped short, let go of my hand, and asked me to hold on a minuet. He dropped to his knee digging in his boot. I thought, “What in the world is he doing?” Earlier in the day at the orchard Marcus mentioned something about a rock being stuck in his boot. Since gravel covered the orchard I didn’t think much of the comment. Truth was, he really did have a rock stuck in his boot; THE RING! He looked up at me, on one knee, pulling a small box out of his boot! He said, “Randi, I love you. Marry me?!” Not believing that this was actually happening I blurt out, “Are you serious? Is this real?!” Then I kissed that handsome face of his and said “Yes!” I kissed him again and then he put the most beautiful ring on my finger! My family and the rest of the people occupying the square clapped and cheered for us! It was perfect! After the shock wore off we FaceTimed and called our closest friends and family! Everyone was ecstatic!
I’m so excited to shoot their wedding this August. Get this…they’re getting married on her parents’ anniversary! How sweet is that?!?!