I truly believe that the soul knows when it has found its counterpart. For some it comes immediately, and for others that knowing takes time and careful determination, but it all winds to the very simple truth: that souls are often stitched in pairs, and that — every once in a while, in the midst of all our human mess — two people find their way home to each other.
Love notes from the couple, Danny & Amanda:
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Amanda: “Danny and I met after college when we both were working at the same hospital. It was actually crazy that we hadn’t met until that point because we both grew up in the same town, went to the same college, and had a large group of friends in common. When I first met Danny I could tell he liked me, but I honestly wasn’t interested. He didn’t let that stop him and continued to pursue me so sweetly and patiently that I eventually ended up falling for him.”
Danny: “Amanda and I first met after college while working at the same hospital. I remember thinking she was really cute and I thought ‘She must have a boyfriend she’s too pretty to be single.’ I also thought there’s probably no way she would be interested in a guy like me. When I had the opportunity, I took it and swooped in. I pursued her and soon after we started dating and the rest is pretty much history.”
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship.
Amanda: “Danny and I had only been together for about a year when I went overseas for 11 months and he moved to Arizona for physical therapy school. There were months when we had no communication at all because I was in remote areas with no internet, and other times when internet was plentiful, but his school obligations and the time difference made communication almost impossible. The emotional burden of being away from the person I loved was so real, but that hardship produced a new kind of intangible intimacy between us. We both fell even more in love than we were before, and halfway through the 11 months I knew that Danny was the man I wanted to marry.”
Danny: “When she came home I knew she was the girl I wanted to marry and that serving those 11 months showed us our relationship was meant to last for the long haul.”
What part of your wedding day was most important to you?
Amanda: “An unexpected moment that I cherish most from our wedding day is the overwhelming sense of peace I felt when I saw Danny for the first time that day. The morning felt so hectic — getting ready took longer than expected so my girls and I arrived late to the venue, and little details kept coming up that left me feeling more than a little stressed. I’ll never forget the moment right before our first look when I peered out the window and saw my groom standing outside by the church, waiting for me. As soon as his arms were around me, everything just felt so right. In that moment the only thing that mattered was the two of us, and I’ll forever treasure the feelings of peace and belonging created by such a simple moment.”
Danny: “The most important part of the wedding day to me was the first look. I didn’t think it would be as big of a deal to me but it ended up being a moment I will never forget. I remember turning around and there in front of me was an angel in the flesh. I just remember how stunning she looked in her wedding dress and how lucky I felt to be the man she had chosen to marry. I think from that moment on the stress of the day just melted away and I felt so relaxed and knew that everything was right in the world.”
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Amanda: “I absolutely adore the way he busts out laughing when something is really, really funny. He also has the most cheesy dad humor ever that keeps me laughing nonstop. I truly believe that laughter is an essential part of any relationship and I love that I’m able to laugh so much with my husband.”
Danny: “I love her for her personality and overall enthusiasm for life. She truly brings excitement, joy, and fun into my life every day. She makes me a better person by challenging me to step outside my comfort zone and never being complacent. I also love how I can be myself with her and that she actually finds my ‘dad humor’ entertaining.”
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
Amanda: “The real and raw truth about love is that it’s difficult. It takes a conscious effort to continually choose to be patient, kind, and selfless. These qualities aren’t always in my nature, and they’re inherently harder to embody during challenging times. However, the love that comes from battling through hardship and choosing the other person is even more meaningful and beautiful. There’s a special kind of hope and joy that love brings and that’s something truly worth celebrating.”
Danny: “Love is being able to put someone else and their needs before your own. Love is also being able to accept someone for who they are despite their flaws. Love is not always easy but it is always worth fighting for.”
photographer: Ivory+Bliss / venue: Ushers Ferry Historic Village / stylist, planner, rentals, and designer: Lindsay Goedken, Unique Events / floral designer: Studio Bloom / dress boutique: The Dress Theory / dress designer: Alexandra Grecco / cake designer: Take The Cake / makeup artist and hair stylist: Haley Herbst / men’s formalwear: Express / accessories and decor: Borrow My Vintage / men’s ties: The Tie Bar / ring box: The Mrs. Box / bride’s shoes: Raye / bridesmaid rompers: Show Me Your Mumu / videographer: Diamond Label Films / paper cards: Gatherie Creative / film lab: Richard Photo Lab