"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."
The Fault In Our Stars, John Green
The love story...
We were hired at a restaurant in Denver about the same time, and I was only 19. I'll never forget the scene, seeing her for the first time across the room and having one of those instantaneously-in-love kind of moments. She was the first person I was ever driven to actively pursue, because I felt I just had to know her! Despite the fact, I wasn't taken seriously because I wasn't even old enough to take her for drinks at the time. A year and several attempts to hang out later, she agreed to get a cup of tea with me after work. Two years after that, I was proposing to her in the drizzling rain, at the mystical Audubon sanctuary in Portland. Four years later, we are twin flames in the fullest expression, and I'm just fortunate she came around!
From the photographer...
I first met Kallie working on my college newspaper. She is a fellow photographer and I'm so happy we stayed in touch all these years since. I was introduced to her fiance, Lauren, when the two of them entered an engagement session giveaway I hosted in 2014.
Here's the the love story, as told by Kallie:
Like so many movies, Lauren and Kallie started out as friends. They met in the summer of 2012 when they were both working as interns in LA. Lauren moved out from Mississippi. Kallie was intrigued by her southern accent- the first she had ever heard in person.
The two started spending more and more time together, going to dinner after work and staying out talking until they were kicked out of closing restaurants. Somehow, Lauren’s living situation unraveled and she ended up moving into Kallie’s guest room for the rest of her internship.
At some point that summer Kallie had fallen head over heels. Not wanting to make the first move, she stewed in romantic tension and waited for Lauren to kiss her. Unfortunately, the summer ended too soon and Lauren was due back in Mississippi. Like an awkward lovesick teenager, Kallie texted Lauren her true feelings before she was gone. Lauren wasn’t too happy with the idea of a long-term relationship, so they continued to be “just friends.” They texted and Skyped every day after Lauren moved home. Three weeks after she had moved back, Lauren told Kallie she wasn’t afraid of the distance anymore, and so, they made it official.
As broke college students, all of their extra money went toward plane tickets. Five months later, Kallie flew to Mississippi for the last time to help Lauren move back to California. They have since moved in together, work for the same company and have three cats.
Lauren surprised Kallie with a weekend trip to Coronado and proposed to her at night on the beach -- the same location of their second date."
It seemed fitting to venture back to Coronado where the surprise proposal happened for their engagement photos. We rode the ferry over and spent the afternoon galavanting around the island from sunset to nightfall. Over the summer, I had the pleasure of photographing Kallie and Lauren's intimate backyard wedding in Laguna Nigel. They rented a house off AirBnB to get ready at with their close friends (which doubled as their getaway location after the reception). The blue house had a triangle-shaped roof, a wrap-around porch and a small balcony overlooking the garden.
Lauren and Kallie had their makeup and hair done together, but wanted to do a first look with each other after they were fully dressed. After Lauren read her wedding letter from Kallie, Kallie opened up the balcony doors and the two embraced and kissed. We headed to the park up the street from Kallie's parents' house where chairs were just being set up under the massive oak trees. Kallie is a photographer herself and planned their ceremony during the golden hour. The canyon behind the park lit up as they exchanged vows and said their "I do's." It was short, sweet and perfect.
Market lights were strung across the backyard for the reception, board games adorned every table and laughter filled the air. Big weddings are great, but there's something so special about spending the best day of your life with your closest family and friends.