I am an absolute sucker for a “how we met”! It’s easy to see couples in the thick of togetherness and forget that they were once complete strangers, but somewhere in their lifetimes, their forevers collided — and some “meet cutes” are a little more graceful than others. Hannah-Jean & Taylor’s experience aired on the latter. Not only is their love story one with hilariously botanical beginnings, but it very nearly didn’t happen at all! Thankfully, they’ve now been left with a few laughs and one very blissful love, and we are only too happy to share their story with you today!
A word from photographer, Amanda Berube:
“This couple is so in love with each other and I certainly fell in love with them and their sweet selves. They wanted an engagement session that showed that love they have for each other and their sweet puppy, Naive. Free, wild and happy, they chose a stroll through one of the many acres of their families property just laughing and having an amazing time together. It was a perfect day spent photographing this beautiful couple and their sweet fur baby!”
Love notes from the couple, Hannah-Jean & Taylor:
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Hannah–Jean: “Taylor and I met while I was working as a leasing agent part time in college. We always had contractors coming in and out of the office to pick up/drop off apartment keys. Sometimes, if the office was closed by the time they were done with the key, they would leave the keys in the giant flower pots in front of the leasing office. Taylor had already been scheduled to move in to the apartments, but I had never met him before… So on his move in day, this cute guy walks in to the office to pick up his key. I couldn’t find the key for him, so I ran outside and starting digging through the flower pot trying to find it! So I would say his first impression of me was ‘this girl is nuts’ But, believe it or not, he says this was actually the moment he knew I was the one!”
Tell us a funny story relating to your relationship!
Hannah–Jean: “I actually tried to bail on Taylor on our first date… He had our first date planned for a dinner at a very nice restaurant. I got nervous the day of and was planning on getting out of it. I was literally walking over to my phone to text him and say that something came up and I needed to cancel. When I picked up my phone I had a message from him that said ‘Reservation is all set, I’ll pick you up at 6!’. Had he waited another 5 minutes to text me, I would have canceled the date. Luckily, I didn’t even get the chance to try. We had our very first date on January 20, 2017, and on January 20, 2018 he got on one knee and asked me to be his wife! Going on that date was the best decision I never got to make!”
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
Hannah–Jean: “Always be your husband’s girlfriend, or your wife’s boyfriend! I think that too often we get so comfortable in a relationship that we stop doing the cute little things that made us fall for each other in the first place. When you are in the first stages of dating, you are sweet and patient with them – because you want them to like you! Stay in the mindset of that stage. Get the car door for her even if you’re just headed to the grocery store, or offer to go get him a refill of his sweet tea even if you’ve just sat down. Tell him he look’s handsome, even if thats the 100th time you’ve seen him wear that shirt! Take a second to step back and decide if it’s worth it the argument, or if you’re just being a brat (I am the youngest and the only girl in my family, so I am definitely guilty of this one y’all). Forgive and forget, and above all just be sweet and be kind, the rest will follow!”
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
“Love is not the ridiculously overbearing can’t sleep eat or breathe without you 24/7 feeling. It is so much more than ‘just because’ flowers, fancy dinners, or how many adorable pictures you have together. Honestly, we always forget to take pictures when we go out together…not because we don’t want to take them, but because we are always having too much fun with each other to remember to get our phones out. To us, love is based around trust, sacrifice, and forgiveness. Love is knowing that the person will always take care of you, and you want to always take care of them. Love is coming home to someone who makes the bad days a little bit easier, and makes the good days twice as great. Love is when their happiness becomes your happiness, and their sadness becomes your sadness as well. It is so cliche to say, but true love really is letting someone have the last bite of your favorite food. You find yourself putting their wants and needs before your own, not because you feel obligation, but because you value their happiness more than your own.”
photographer: Amanda Berube/ venue: Private Family Property / floral designer: B. Anderson Florals/ dress boutique and designer: Lovers and Friends/ hair stylist: Lindsey Grubbs/ film lab: Photo Vision