We met in 2014 at Carson Newman University. I had just graduated from UC Santa Barbara and transferred to Carson-Newman to finish graduate school and my last year of volleyball. I remember the first time I saw him. I was in the cafeteria, and he strolled up on me trying to ask me whole a lot of random questions like I was the new one at school. He was good-looking, so it didn’t bother me too much. Soon we started to hang out more and more and became really good friends. I remember always having the feeling that we were going to know each other forever, but I thought just as friends. I wasn't ready to get in a relationship, and he was still being whoever he was. But eventually, a love began to blossom between us. Fast-forward two years later to the weekend of my graduation, my family all came down to see me and out of the blue, he popped the question!!! I was so surprised but very happy. What I like best about our relationship is that nothing felt forced. Everything just felt easy and natural.
I remember the first time I met her; she kept laughing, and she had food in her mouth. She was beautiful, though, so I let it slide. But ever since I met her, I would always get this family vibe around her, and I had never felt that way about someone. I always felt so comfortable around her and remember we had this random conversation about soulmates, and I caught myself insinuating that we were soulmates. It was funny because it was before we figured out we liked each other. She felt like the perfect love story. Before I popped the question, I went to one of her sisters to help me decide on the ring, and then I prepared a song and a poem for her when all her family came to town. I was supposed to do it in the morning, but I got so nervous that I kept stalling. It literally took me the whole day to get up the nerve, but it was definitely worth it!
Photos by Coral Dove
Meet Coral Dove: I am a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Maryland. I do a happy dance when I get the perfect photo and am super ADHD. Don't worry, that comes in handy when shooting. I love traveling, renaissance art, and anything vegan. My biggest inspiration is the everyday world around me. I find that magic and beautiful light appears constantly.