David and Michelle are very dear to me. They were the first couple I ever photographed (back when I didn’t even know what an “f-stop” was). I’m so grateful that they took a chance on me.
Now married for almost 7 years and with two cute boys, I wanted to reconnect with them and hear more of their story, what life has been like and what it takes to stay together. It was so fun to capture them at home, on an ordinary Saturday morning. Coffee, cleaning the kitchen first while Michelle insisted on hugging David and then making breakfast. 🙂
Very much like their engagement session, all these years later, David is still constantly checking her out and Michelle is still gazing at him as though Prince Charming just walked out of the Cinderella story. For real.
11 years ago David and Michelle met and fell in love. Real hard. David said he knew right away he wanted to be with her for good. Michelle recalls that she couldn’t get over the fact that this “dreamy guy” who was incredibly kind was somehow single. Well, an ice-cream date and two weeks later they were living together.
A few years later, I met David and Michelle when I did their maternity session. They were beyond thrilled to be expecting their first son. However, I knew something Michelle didn’t know, Dave would propose to her at the end of the session! Knowing how Michelle obsessed over pictures he wanted to make sure the moment was documented forever. All. The. Feels. ❤
It’s easy to fall in love. It’s easy to say, “yes,” to romantic dates, surprise proposals at sunset, long talks with no interruptions, lazy mornings in bed, wedding day highs and a hopeful future yet to unfold. That’s easy.
But life’s not easy. It’s messy. It’s not always easy to feel in love in the mundane. Those warm fuzzies don’t always linger when the dishes are still in the sink, the kids are having a meltdown and the small disappointments of life start adding up. Sometimes it’s hard to say, “yes” in the ordinary and heck, even at times boring. They said they’ve have had to choose to love and lean in even when it hurts and even though they didn’t want to forgive they did it anyway. Staying in love takes a lot of work.
They know what it’s like to have disappointments, to have their dreams on hold. They know what it feels like to have their newborn airlifted to the NICU. They’ve experienced the frailty and uncertainty of life when David got cancer. They’ve walked though a lot of pain. They’ve felt like giving up. But they didn’t. They keep saying yes to loving each other, everyday.
“I love that he can totally read my facial expressions I don’t even have to say anything and he knows exactly what I’m thinking.”
“I love her glowing smile with her big dimples. I love the way she can calm me down when I turn into the hulk.”
“I love his drive, (he’s a very hard worker) he will do anything in his power to make things work.”
“I love watching her be a proud momma when she doesn’t know I’m watching.”
“I love that he likes to be adventurous as a family!”
“I love her determination in life, being happy, loving everyone.”
“I love that he’ll still eat my food even if it’s burnt or gross and pretend like it’s good ( I’m still learning). I love that he’s an amazing chef.”
“I cherish that I don’t ever have to question the strength of our love, even in the hardest of time. She is my sailing ship, and I keep us anchored. I would do anything for Michelle. She is my best friend, my bride, my queen.”
“I love him more than I even knew possible! Even when he drives me batshit crazy!”