How I Met the Love of My Life

 Hi everyone!! It has been fooooorever since I have posted on here, and since today is our wedding anniversary, I figured this would be the perfect time to share these AMAZING pictures from Brooke Michelle Photography we took quite a few months ago (as you can tell by our coats. hehe). She is so talented that it was very hard to just pick a few because all of them were sooo good! Nikki and I have been married 9 YEARS as of today (eeeeek! we are getting old!). It is crazy to think that I met the love of my life when I was 13. We did not start dating until I was 16, but the story is too good not to share. :)

Nikki and I met in church when we both lived in Louisiana. Nikki's dad was the pastor and my parents decided to go to their church when I was 12 or 13 (I am the worst with timelines so bear with me please). From the moment I saw Nikki playing bass for the band at church, I had the biggest crush EVER. She was 16 at the time, so I knew nothing would ever happen but I couldn't help my infatuation. She was the coolest person I had ever met. When I was a freshman in high school, Nikki was a senior at a different high school. I heard from the church grapevine that she might move out of state for college, so when the Sadie Hawkins dance rolled around at my school, I decided to go for it ask her because why not? I did one of the bravest things to date and asked her to the dance. She said yes like the kind soul she is. I still have the pictures from this dance somewhere in our house. :) I was so nervous that I wasn't able to eat when we went out to dinner, and I don't even remember talking much because I was pretty shy back then. We wore matching shirts and had a lot of fun, but our age difference seemed still too far at the time, which I knew would probably happen, but at least I wouldn't live my life regretting not trying.

Lucky for me, Nikki did not move away for college. A year after the Sadie's dance Nikki and I started to hang out together more with mutual friends and I started to sense that she liked me back. So I invited her again to the Sadie's dance...original, I know. We decided to make matching shirts (which we still have to this day. haha). I was soooo excited. A few days before the dance I got in a pretty bad horseback riding accident and was in the ICU for a few days with a punctured lung and lacerated spleen, so I ended up missing the dance. But like the amazing person she is, Nikki visited me everyday in the hospital and brought me a care package and milkshakes. After that the rest is history! We started dating and got married 3 years later right after I graduated high school. I have so many more embarrassing stories about my crush on Nikki because I was kind of her low key stalker. I even wrote in my diary that I was going to marry her when I was 13 or 14. haha. Hope you all enjoyed our story. Have an amazing rest of your week! xoxo

Photos courtesy of the wonderful and amazing Brooke Michelle Photography. Her website and Instagram.

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