WHO CARES???? . . Every fall we would go shopping for a new, fancy outfit for a special night we looked forward to every year in high school. It was the fall sports banquet! All year long we trained hard with conditioning, lifting, and preparing for soccer season. We spent countless hours on the field and on the track. But gamedays were always our favorite! And there was something that drove both of us to compete with everything we had. Something that pushed us to NOT stop even when it hurt. Something that made us stay late after practice to improve even more. . . Was it our love for the game? Was it our desire for others to succeed? Was it our passion to learn more about the game? Was it our longing to build stronger friendships and relationships? Nope. While all of those were reasons we played soccer, they weren't the main reason. The thing that was always in the back of our minds was...THE AWARDS. . . . I know what you're thinking, really? Awards? But in our minds we were competing to be the BEST so we could be told we WERE the best. We dreamed of hearing our name be called for team MVP or First Team ALL GMC. We thought awards would bring approval and fulfillment. But you know what happened after every banquet? That approval we longed for was given temporarily and we were left feeling empty, already thinking about the next year. AND every year one of us was ALWAYS in tears because the other got the best award. That's a whole different story! . . But today, do you want to know where all of our awards, trophies and plaques are? Collecting dust in the attic or in a landfill somewhere. Why did we care so much about things that didn't bring any joy? Why did the need for approval bring the worst out in us and damage relationships with friends and each other? . . As we have gotten older we have learned that awards, accomplishments and accolades are NOT the most important thing. There is so much more to life than looking for the approval of others by being given a title that looks good at the moment. . . Accomplishments don't define us. Our worth and value doesn't come from our career, our titles, our earthly success, our bank accounts, (cont. in comments...)
True love is: T H E G R E A T E S T A D V E N T U R E . . . We all long for a love story that is filled with adventure, passion and companionship. Right?!? But what is an adventure? It's an exciting experience that is bold and sometimes risky. It leads to exploring, traveling, and uncovering the unknown. There is always potential danger and potential discoveries in any adventure. Adventures are full of highs and lows, the risk is worth it for the reward. . . . In Tennessee, Scott and Valerie had no idea they would meet each other and start the greatest adventure of their lives. It was the beginning of their love story. They found love when they least expected it. And they had no idea how perfect the timing was. Their friendship grew into love and love into companionship. Laughter, joy, and goofy fun filled their lives. But not too long after they began dating, they faced a potential danger that changed their lives as a couple. . . . News they received about Scott's health was something NO person wants to hear. During the wedding reception, Valerie's brother spoke of their love during this tough time. He shared about the strength they each had, fighting for each other and for their future together. His words passionately told of the way they supported one another, showed courage in the face of fear, showed fervor and unity. As tears flowed down the faces of those in the room, we all looked at Scott and Valerie in awe. . . . When we think of adventures, we think of climbing to mountain tops and seeing the incredible views from up high! We don't think of the low valleys, standing in the darkness where the light doesn't shine. But this valley that Scott and Valerie found themselves in isn't where their story ends. Together they lifted each other up, encouraged one another, pushed each other, uncovered new strengths in each other, fought for each other, believed in each other and climbed their way out of the valley onto the mountaintop! Today they stand hand in hand and happily healthy! . . . These two self proclaimed Goober's are two of the happiest people we know and their adventure of marriage has just begun! @spraguev11
Unreserved & Unrestrained . . . Aaron was standing with his back facing his future bride as she slowly walked up behind him about to tap his shoulder. It was finally the moment he would see his bride for their first look! As she rested her finger on his shoulder and told him to turn around, he literally LOST. HIS . BREATH! It was the sweetest sound as he covered his mouth with his hand and stared in AWE at Emma. As he was catching his breath, tears of joy came streaming down her face. They complimented each other's attire and details and then embraced each other so tightly. But their incredible appearance wasn't the only thing that led to this genuine reaction. It was their unreserved and unrestrained love for each other. When Emma and Aaron are together, they have a bond that is hard to explain. Their unconditional love knows no bounds and they don't hold anything back! Their love is one of a kind. Congratulations Aaron and Emma!
FLAWLESS . . . Chris and Natalie's wedding day was one that we can only describe as flawless. Looking back at their day, we can't help but think about the details...ALL of the beautiful details! Her dress, the flowers, his groomsmen gifts, the flow of the day, the gorgeous ceremony, their breathtaking first dance, but what made our hearts explode was the flawless love they had for each other and their family and friends. They are patient, calm, joyful, and they bring out the BEST in each other! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Calhoun!
We want the DETAILS!!!!! 💍 . . . When we see the BIG news on social media that someone got engaged, we always want to know HOW DID HE PROPOSE?? We want to know the story, we want to know what he said, who was there, any hiccups that came up in the plan, and we especially want to know how she reacted! Did she know it was coming? Or was it a total surprise! The story is what draws us in! . . . When we met with Emma and Dick, we couldn't wait to hear every little detail of the proposal! Hearing him tell us the story of his planning and the little things he did to make it perfect was so fun, but seeing the way he lit up telling us was the best. And as Emma sat next to him listening and finishing his sentences, she was just beaming. Dick (with some help from Emma's best friend!) planned an epic proposal in downtown Cincinnati! They took a ride on the Skystar Wheel and as they were heading to the top, Emma's family and friends quickly got in their places on the ground near the ride, while holding up the signs, Will you marry me? and as Emma and Dick got to the top of the ride, he directed her attention down to the ground where she saw the signs and she, of course, said YES! . . . Every couple has their story, the story of how they met, how they fell in love, how they got engaged and it goes on. And it's these stories that tell us so much about the couple. We are captivated by Emma and Dick's story and we can't wait to be a part of capturing one of the biggest moments in their love story next year! . . . These two are simply amazing, down to earth, and hilarious!!!! Emma is a baker and has created amazing cookies for our family and special occasions and Dick will keep you laughing all day long! Our session with them was FULL of laughter, the kind that makes your cheeks hurt the next day! Thank you, Emma and Dick, for such a fun and memorable evening together!