My Love Story – Part 1: The Accent and the Motorcycle

February 7, 2020

I’m all about a good love story! As a Nashville wedding photographer, one of my favorite things about my job is that I get to hear your love stories. How you two met, how he proposed, and how you plan to incorporate little details throughout your wedding day to truly reflect your relationship. 

October of 2020 will mark 10 years of being with my high school sweetheart, so I thought it could be fun to share a little about our love story with you! I’m going to share about how we met, how he proposed, how we balanced army life and a long distance relationship, and all the fun details about our Paris wedding- including why we chose a destination wedding and how we planned everything from afar! 

Let’s jump into Part 1… 

Sean and I first met at an international high school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His family worked with the South African embassy and my parents are missionaries that spent the majority of their adult lives in Argentina. Sean and I had a few classes together here and there, but I was a front row person and Sean preferred the back of the class. So the first time I really met him involved a party and a motorcycle ride in Junior year.

I was 17 and in charge of planning a party for my friend, Jessie. At the time she had a huge crush on Sean. He coincidentally lived just a few houses down from me, so my friends and I were on a mission to surprise Jessie by having him show up to her party!

We convinced Sean to be a part of Jessie’s party, and he agreed to take her for a ride on his motorcycle. (Yes- 17, South African accent, and a Motorcycle!😍) Somehow I ended up on the back of his bike for a ride a few minutes later. He rode down to the river, parked the bike, and we chatted briefly about small things like his rugby team, how I played soccer, and our shared classes.

It took a few months for things to go anywhere. The party was in May and we didn’t start dating until October (with Jessie’s “okay”), but that is where things sparked for me! We dated throughout the rest of Senior year and eventually decided to stay together after graduation.


Fun facts about this part of our relationship:

  • The first movie we watched together was “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”
  • We made things official on October 28, 2009
  • The first concert we went to together was Daddy Yankee
  • Our first kiss was in my backyard (Sean said “I love you” for the 1st time 5 months later in the same spot)
  • Our favorite restaurant to eat at was The Embers


Part 2 is here and I share all about our long distance relationship

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Nashville entrepreneur, personal brand and wedding photographer, and digital marketing consultant. I'm on a mission to empower and encourage women in their current season of life, whether that is business and entrepreneurship, marriage, or motherhood. 

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