Danielle and I have been corresponding the past couple months through email, but we'd never met until this morning! Danielle got my name from another one of my Brides (thanks Sarah!). They are actually bridesmaids in each other's weddings. Cute! While emailing back and forth this week, we were a little concerned about the weather. Praise the Lord that the rain held off until after the "Lovebirds" session. As soon as I met the couple, I knew we were going to have a fun time. They are both graduating in May and are getting hitched in August. They met through a ministry on their campus called Navigators. Both got involved their freshmen years and were instant friends. Sparks didn't start until spring of that year when they were on a spring break trip to Florida with Navigators. Maybe it was the sunshine or Danielle's adorable dimples or Johnny's baby blue eyes. Whatever it was, they were both smitten. Years went by, and their friendship grew and deepened. They became deeply attracted to each other for so many reasons. They shared a desire for missions and telling people about Jesus. They both love to run and play sports. They had a fun loving and silly friendship. Just before their senior year, Johnny realized he couldn't spend his life without Danielle. So at a park, he asked her to be his girlfriend. Danielle giddily accepted.
But this is just the beginning of their love story. Danielle knew that a proposal was in the works this past winter, she just didn't know when. The closer it got to Valentine's Day, the more she secretly examined Johnny every time she saw him for a hidden, bulky ring box. Days turned into weeks and she never spied that box! One day, when she and Johnny were out for a run to train for a half marathon, they stopped to stretch at the park that Johnny asked her to be his girlfriend. Before Danielle knew what was happening, Johnny reached into the hood of his sweatshirt and pulled out that cleverly hidden ring box and he proposed! I had to ask why he put it in his hood! I mean, I would be so scared it would fall out. He said that he practiced running with the ring in his hood and it seems to work fine! Can you imagine if it fell out?!?!
Danielle and Johnny, I am SO honored and excited to shoot your wedding this summer! You are such a fun couple and I pray blessings on these last few months of engagement!