The one question that I always ask my wedding clients is, “What’s your story?” The sociologist in me loves to hear the different circumstances that have brought couples together, and the path that led them to become engaged. Sometimes, the beginning of the tale is fairly straightforward, such as “We met online” (which I’ve found to be extremely common this year). Other times, the story has all the twists and turns of a Harlequin romance novel. Lauren and Michael first met when they were in high school. Well, Lauren was actually in 8th grade, and Michael visited her middle school as a freshman to speak to the class about transitioning to high school. She immediately caught his eye, which makes perfect sense to me. A year later, he tracked her down, and they began an on and off relationship that continued throughout high school.
During the college years, Lauren and Michael went their separate ways and moved on to different parts of the country. But Michael became best friends with Lauren’s brother, which kept them connected. Eventually, fate prevailed, and our heroes found themselves back in touch in the same town once again. That inexplicable attraction that drew them together as kids once again pulled them back together.
These are the stories that draw me to wedding photography. I love the concepts of fate and romance, even during times of doubt. I tend to find myself involved in non-linear relationships, and it’s always encouraging to meet couples who have overcome differences, distances, and disputes to connect with their soulmate; that special person with the undeniable pull. Congratulations Lauren and Michael; I’m a sucker for a happy ending.