I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly & Thomas early last year at our new home church, Hill City in Richmond, Virginia. Throughout their engagement I’ve been able to spend time with Kelly off & on- it’s been such a pleasure. She radiates a contagious joy. With these engagement photographs I’m opening up a season of documentation for these two. I’m so happy they chose me to capture this journey they are on.
‘AND I THOUGHT HE HAD FORGOTTEN. IT WAS YEARS AND YEARS OF WAITING. I WAS PATIENT THOUGH… SORT OF. FAST FORWARD TO SATURDAY OCTOBER 24, 2015. THOMAS AND I HAD PLANNED TO GO APPLE PICKING. I REMEMBER ASKING AT ONE POINT IF HE WANTED TO RESCHEDULE AND HE WAS VERY ADAMANT THAT WE NOT. THIS WAS STRANGE BECAUSE HE USUALLY HAS NO PREFERENCE ON THOSE TYPES OF THINGS. ANYWAY, WE WENT AND IT WAS A PERFECT, SUNNY DAY. EXCEPT THOMAS WAS ON HIS PHONE A BIT AND THE WALK WAS EXHAUSTING TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN, BUT THAT’S WHERE THOMAS’ “FAVORITE APPLES”, THE FUJI APPLES, WERE. WE FINALLY GOT TO THE BACK ROW AND SAT FOR A BIT AND MAYBE ATE AN APPLE OR TWO.’
‘IN ONE HAND, I HAD FOUR APPLES. IN THE OTHER, I HAD A BOX. YA KNOW, I HAD ALWAYS PICTURED IT BEING THAT “LITTLE BLACK BOX”, BUT THAT’S NOT HOW DIAMONDS DIRECT DOES IT. THEY GO WITH A KELLY-FIST-SIZED MAHOGANY BOX. NOT VERY SUBTLE NOR DOES IT ALLOW FOR ME TO HOLD IT + APPLES. SOOOOO YEAH I PASSED THE RING UP TO HER, SHE SAID “WHAT IS THIS?!”, I SAID “IT’S A RING” SHE SAID “SHOULDN’T YOU BE ON YOUR KNEE OR SOMETHING?” “OH YEAH YOU’RE RIGHT, I’LL PUT YOU DOWN.” SO I PUT HER DOWN, GOT DOWN ON MY KNEE…THEN FORGOT WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY. I WAS SO EXCITED/NERVOUS/HAPPY THAT I FORGOT WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY. ALTHOUGH, I DID MANAGE TO MUSTER UP THE MEAT OF THE PROPOSAL – “WILL YOU PUT THIS ON AND NEVER TAKE IT OFF, IN OTHER WORDS, WILL YOU MARRY ME?”.’
“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett,