If you couldn't tell, we adore featuring engagement sessions - mostly because we get to completely focus on a couple's love story. And, y'all... Courtney and Doug's is SO GOOD. Black & Hue Photography documented it perfectly with a drive around downtown Tallahassee, stopping wherever they were inspired. Honestly, though, I think this beautiful couple - a firefighter and teacher combo, no less - was all the inspiration they needed.
They met while attending middle school in Tallahassee, and were boyfriend and girlfriend in Courtney's 7th grade year. Says Courtney (in the best first meeting quote ever), "I remember he had these black converse shoes with flames on the sides; I thought he was so cool."
Halfway through the year, Doug moved with his family to South Florida, and the two went their separate ways. In Courtney's sophomore year, Doug moved back to Tallahassee; he asked her out on a double movie date that turned out to be a horribly awkward one. They decided they weren't right for each other, and moved on... for a few years. Doug obviously couldn't get Courtney out of his mind, and tried one more time in 2010, as Courtney tells it: "I was hesitant but he was persistent, so I thought I'd give him a chance. He picked me up on a Sunday night, we went to a local coffee shop (I didn't even like coffee at the time), and he totally swept me off my feet."
“We spent the whole night wandering around Tallahassee, reminiscing about our middle school relationship, the awkward movie date, and how much we had changed throughout the years. That was the best 'first date' of my life, and I was hooked. We have been together ever since; through college, new jobs, moving to a new city; we've been through it all.”
Their engagement story is just as sweet: Our four year anniversary was this past July. The night before, we decided to go out to dinner and listen to some live music. Doug kept insisting we stay until midnight so we could celebrate early, I was exhausted and wanted to go home and have a quiet night in. He won, so we stayed out. At midnight he suggested we have someone take a photo of us, so I found the closest woman and gave her my phone. As soon as I turned around to pose with him, he pulled the ring out of his pocket and got down on his knee. I was in complete shock, and so was the woman taking our photo! She was jumping and cheering, congratulating us while simultaneously trying to get this moment on film. The photos turned out blurry but nothing could get us down, this was the best night of our lives.
Our photos were taken in downtown Tallahassee by the very talented Black & Hue Photography. That was the first decision we made after getting engaged: Bryan and Kelly Honhart would be taking our photos. They are so talented and we trust them completely with these special moments. We drove around downtown Tallahassee and stopped whenever they felt inspired by the setting. We took photos in the strangest places: in empty parking lots, against the side of buildings, and on someone's apartment steps, but you would've never guessed that by looking at them! These photos turned out better than we could've imagined and we thank the Honharts for their amazing work.
The two have been doing the long distance thing for some time now: Doug is a fire fighter in South Walton, and Courtney is completing her internship for elementary education in Tallahassee. After she graduates, Courtney will make the move to South Walton and they'll finally be together. Courtney tells us that the distance is tough, especially during the wedding planning process, but they keep things going with weekend visits and Skype dates. They'll be tying the knot in an outdoor ceremony and reception next April in Tallahassee - and they can't wait to start their lives together. Congratulations, guys!