We love stories. Every couple has one. One of our favorite parts about being wedding photographers is meeting with newly engaged couples for the first time and hearing theirs. The newness of it. The freshness of it. The excitement of it. We can’t get enough of it! But, at the end, our couples always ask, “What about you?” So, we decided to share our story, too. From the high school bleachers to the end of the aisle, here’s our story from “I noticed you” to “I do.”

Part 1: Desperate Times, Desperate Measures
Part 2: You + Me = Us
Part 3: Friday Night Lights
Part 4: The Little Black Dress
Part 5: The First Kiss
Part 6: The First “I Love You”
Part 7: Senior Prom
Part 8: Graduation Night
Part 9: Saying Goodbye
Part 10: College Days
Part 11: She Said Yes!
Part 12: Our Wedding Day

I heard a knock at the door. It was our wedding photographer. “Come in,” I said. Through the mess on the floor, he slipped into my getting ready room to deliver the news I’d been waiting for. “She’s ready for you,” he said. I took a deep breath, stood up straight, and walked toward the mirror for one final look before our first look. My tightly gelled hair and chocolate brown tie didn’t need adjusting, but I adjusted them all the same. It was our wedding day, and I was just moments away from seeing my bride for the first time. The bright lights stared back at me as I pulled down on my vest. “Are you ready?” my best man asked, as he helped my arms into one coat sleeve and then the other. “I’ve never been more ready,” I replied. He walked me through the dark church corridor. We stopped at the inside of the main double doors. “This is your moment, man. I love you,” he said. I hugged him, he opened the door for me, and I walked out to see my bride for the first time on our wedding day.

I’ve never been more ready

The June sun blinded me for an instant as I walked down the brick path toward my fiance soon-to-be-wife. She was standing alone in the middle of the central promenade. She won’t be alone for long, I thought to myself with a nervous smile. My hands were shaking a little bit with each stride. In the distance, I could see her long blonde hair through the sheer of her flowing white veil. I got more excited with each step. She was my best friend, and I couldn’t have waited until the altar to see her for the very first time with hundreds of people staring at us. I wouldn’t have been able to touch her.
I wouldn’t have been able to hold her. I wouldn’t have been able to tell her that I loved her.  I wouldn’t have been able to tell her that she was the most beautiful woman in the world. I wouldn’t have been able to convey just how happy she made me. We wouldn’t have been able to just be us, and that’s what I wanted more than anything on our wedding day. That’s what I want more than anything on every day. I continued down the path until I was standing right behind her. The detail in her long princess dress was sparkling. I reached out, touched her shoulder, she turned around, and this is the reaction I got… 

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Photo Credit: David Blakeman

The single best decision we made on our wedding day was doing a first look. People told me that I’d regret it, insisted that I’d miss the moment of seeing her for the first time at the end of the aisle, and cautioned that I could never get it back. The truth is, I got that moment twice. I cried when I saw Amy for our first look and I cried even harder when she came down the aisle for the first time. It didn’t ruin that big moment. Not by a long shot. It made it better. It made the whole day better. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

The rest of our wedding day blew by in a whirlwind of family and friends, laughing and crying, and toasting and dancing. It was the best day of our life, and images like these hang in our home and help us relive it every single day. Even though this is the final chapter in “The Story of Us” series, it was just the first chapter of another great adventure.

If you’ve liked this series, then you’ll love The Pink Slip Files

15 comments

    Stephanie Arieno

    *sniffle* You guys seriously....buh, you make me cry.

    Stephanie Arieno

    *sniffle* You guys seriously....buh, you make me cry.

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw... Thanks so much for reading, Stephanie. You're awesome!

    amyandjordan

    Aw... Thanks so much for reading, Stephanie. You're awesome!

    Shay Berges

    This should actually be in a romantic novel haha
    I found myself reading all of the parts and crying at Part 11! Ahhhh you guys are so great!

    Shay Berges

    This should actually be in a romantic novel haha
    I found myself reading all of the parts and crying at Part 11! Ahhhh you guys are so great!

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Thanks, Shay! That means so much! Huskies for life :-)

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Thanks, Shay! That means so much! Huskies for life :-)

    Jill

    I just read this whole story in one little sitting here like it was the last season of Gilmore Girls! Love it, love you guys, and loved reading this piece of you. And curious if Amy still dances! Such beauty here, you guys.

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Thank you so much!! Hopefully it was better than season 7 ;) And yes! Amy goes to barre workout classes to keep dancing!

    Giovanna

    wow love the writing and the story, this is what weddings are all about I just pray that I'm able to capture the love of each one the way it should be, amazing story and many blessings to you!

    Stacy Taylor

    This was beautiful! Lots of similarities between your relationship and me and my husbands! I kept a diary the first year of me and my hubbies relationship and I think I might break it out just to reread it lol.
    Your love is inspiring. Can you guys please write a book! lol

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Thanks so much, Stacy! Haha! Maybe sometime down the road! ;)

    Hope Riley

    I LOVED the story of how you guys met! My husband and I dated when we were in high school, went to separate high schools, broke up for SEVEN years, got back together and got married December 26, 2016 after I graduated from college in August. Isn't God so good?! He blows my mind.

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Thanks! Your story is so beautiful, Hope! That is so awesome! Thanks so much for sharing! :)