Eight years. Eight years, three kids, countless memories, and a whole lot of love — all culminating in the breathless wilds of Hatcher Pass in Alaska. It’s amazing how anniversary sessions can speak entire histories without a single word, and it’s all found in gentle hands, knowing looks, and comforting kisses.
This is Josh & Chasity…
Love notes from the couple, Josh & Chasity:
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Chasity: “I saw him walk past me one day after church and my heart leapt. I knew that my little sister was friends with his little sister, so I asked her if she could put in a good word for me. She did and the rest is history.
We are both a little shy. So getting to know each other over coffee dates was nerve wracking at first, but we had so many personal connections that our conversations became natural quickly.”
Tell us a funny story relating to your relationship!
Chasity: “Joshua and I started dating in college, but we had graduated from the same high school. We never even had one conversation together in high school. After we had been dating for a while, we realized that our lockers had been right next to each other. All this time, we had been crossing paths and never realizing our soul mate was within reach!”
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship.
Chasity: “We were fairly young when we got married. He was 20 and I was 18. So we still had a lot to learn. Our finances were limited because we were still working toward our college degrees, but we did not want to wait to start our lives together. We did not plan an elegant wedding; instead we focused on laying the foundation for a good marriage. Our parents have both set amazing examples of what real love looks like, and we are very fortunate to have them to look to for guidance.”
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Chasity: “Joshua can always make me laugh, even when I have the weight of the world on my shoulders.”
Josh: “Chasity has the most sincere heart of anyone I have ever known, making her the best wife and mother.”
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
Chasity: “Joshua has taught me to be content. I had constant change in my life as a child, and that is something that carried with me into adulthood. I was always longing for something different. But Joshua has opened my eyes to see that all my heart could ever desire, I already have.”
Josh: “Chasity has taught me to be confident in myself, which is something I struggle with. She makes me feel like I can overcome any obstacle or situation.”
What is the most important thing in your marriage?
“The most important thing in our marriage has been date nights. We have three little boys and it can be difficult sometimes to schedule time away. However we try to make it a priority to connect and share with each other often. Sometimes it is a night out, a coffee date, or eating ice cream on the sofa. We talk about our highlights, struggles, and everything in-between.”
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
“Kind and clear communication can go a long way toward resolving issues. Words are powerful.”
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
“Love is an action, not an emotion. Love requires effort each day, but it is the best investment you can make.”
photographer: Capture Alaska Photography / venue: Outdoors in Hatcher Pass Alaska / stylist & florist: Rachel Tweggs / film lab: The Find Lab