We’ve had a lot of love stories grace our little corner of the internet, but we’ve never had a real, honest to goodness princess meet her prince — until now! Tate & Canon met in a modern fairytale, and now we have the special privilege of celebrating their first wedding anniversary!
A word from photographer, Esther Frederick:
“When she was fifteen, Canon knew Tate was the one her heart was meant to love for eternity. They were so excited to celebrate their first anniversary with a photo session, and I was honored to capture this beautiful milestone in their love story.
Every photo glows with their adoration for each other and I could feel the joy of their love. As we walked through the park, we found golden light streaming through the trees and it created the dreamiest setting for us to take these romantic and meaningful photos.”
Love notes from the couple, Tate & Canon:
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Canon: “A ‘Cinderella’ Story…literally! When I was 15 years old, I joined a charity debutante ball in my hometown called ‘The Cinderella Ball.’ In order to participate in the ball, each candidate needed a gentleman on their arm — only, I was still without an escort just days before the deadline. In a panic, my mom phoned a family friend who said she knew just the guy! His name was Tate. This sweet boy agreed to a blind date at a debutante ball on the same weekend as a high school baseball tournament that was 5 hours away. Unsure of whether he would make it in time, I kept my fingers crossed and prayers rolling. It worked! A dust storm rolled through and caused the games to delay! I walked into rehearsal the morning of the ball, and to my relief, in walked my future husband who had flown in from the baseball tournament to make it to our debutante ball blind date. Who knew that wouldn’t be the only white dress in our future.”
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Tate: “She has an incredible work ethic and is passionate about everything she does and everyone she loves.”
Canon: “Tate’s selfless actions, compassionate demeanor, and unconditional love for everyone around him consistently reminded me of the way that Jesus calls us to love. The way he leads with a balance of tenderness and strength is effortless for him.”
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship.
Canon: “We were in two different seasons of life during this time, so it took patience and dedication to balance wedding planning while making time to pursue one another and appreciate the small moments. While planning the wedding, I was still a college student living in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tate had begun his career and was living in Dallas, Texas. We learned so much about compromise, quality time, and balance during this fun time! It truly taught us to make the most of any situation and every minute we have together.”
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
Canon: “Tate has taught me to see things from other peoples’ points of view. He always puts others first and reminds me to imagine myself in someone else’s shoes. He is selfless in every situation.”
Tate: “Canon never fails to bring me out of my shell. Whether it be through trying new foods, seeing new places, or experiencing new things, she is always encouraging me to see the world through a new lens.”
What is the most important thing in your marriage?
Canon: “Family. Tate and I are both very close with our families, and their support has played a huge role in why our relationship is the way it is. We have learned not only to invest in our own families but to invest in each others’ families as well. Knowing that my spouse loves and supports my loved ones is the sweetest gift of all, and watching them embrace him, and vice versa, blesses me to pieces!”
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
Canon: “Pursue each other always. Tate and I have been together since high school and knew right away that this was our forever. The reason our love has never wavered is because we always choose to purse one another. Whether through small acts of kindness, words of affirmation, or actions that let the other know they are heard and cherished, its impossible to imagine our hearts with anyone but each other.”