Today’s featured couple’s anniversary session is one that am I extremely excited about sharing with you. Brittney and Michele celebrated their first wedding anniversary last year, and I had the opportunity to photograph their portraits to celebrate the occasion. We met outside on a beautiful fall evening in downtown Columbia, SC to document some updated portraits for them, and it was flawless!
I am excited to share with you some words from both Brittney and Michele about how they met, how Brittany proposed, and their life together today. A few of the images in this post are some of my top favorites from my entire year last year, and I’m just in love with the way they capture how truly natural Brittany and Michele are when they are around each other.
I hope you enjoy reading a bit about this lovely couple today, and if you love their images as much as I do, you will leave them a sweet comment in the comment below! Enjoy this beautiful, sun-lit Columbia SC same sex anniversary session by Jessica Hunt Photography!
“I’m from Dillon, SC, a small rural town about 2.5 hours from Columbia, SC. I studied early childhood education and elementary education in college and obtained a master’s degree in divergent learning. I have been teaching for four years now and I currently teach fourth grade. Education is my passion and I love seeing the positive change that I can have on children. Brittany and I love trying new restaurants and visiting new places. We are huge Gamecock fans and love going to football and basketball games.”
“I am from outside of Charleston, SC and moved to Columbia, SC to attend college. I studied political science and continued that path in graduate school, obtaining a Master of Public Administration. I thought I wanted a career in public policy and worked in the field until I lost my mother to cancer in January 2017. That moment changed my life and made me realize what was truly important. I quit my job and opened a business, 72 Coffee Company. I have found a true passion for coffee and sharing it with others, and I am so grateful that I realized this and was able to make a change in my life.”
HOW THE COUPLE MET…
“We met in college. We were actually both dating other people when we became friends. We talked all the time and could not wait to be around each other. The relationship eventually became something more, and we broke it off with our other partners. We both knew from the very beginning that there was something special between us and despite some drama in the beginning (ending our other relationships and Michele’s family not being supportive), we made it and have never been happier.”
HOW BRITTANY PROPOSED TO MICHELE…
“I proposed October 2015 in Asheville, NC. We both love fall and the mountains, so I always wanted to do it during that time. We hiked up to the top of a mountain and I gave Michele a little book that I had made that included pictures of us through the years with song lyrics to “our songs.” On the last page there was a picture of me holding a ring with the lyrics “I have loved you for a thousand years. I’ll love you for a thousand more.” Michele saw the picture and said, “Are you serious?” and I pulled out the ring. She started crying and I couldn’t even speak. I mumbled will you marry me and she said yes!
The funniest thing about the entire proposal is that I had a photographer secretly capture it, but I wanted to keep it a secret the entire time. The photographer thought I was going to tell Michele that she was taking pictures and we could take a few staged photos after the proposal. So, the photographer kept getting closer and closer to us with her camera and she could see that I wanted her to back off, so she finally did. Michele asked me if she was taking pictures of us and I said, “she probably was on the mountain taking pictures and as an artist wanted to capture the moment once she saw it happen.” Michele believes everything so she didn’t even question it! I gave her the images for Christmas and she was so surprised.
Michele has a single princess-cut diamond on a Tacori setting. We have matching bands that are thin eternity diamond bands. We love that our bands match and it makes us feel even more connected.”
“We’ve been married for a year now and the best thing about it is being able to say the word “wife.” In a same-sex relationship, there are always people that do not see your relationship as legitimate and everyone always assumes we are roommates or sisters, but to be able to say “no, this is my wife” is the best feeling. We were already living together and were basically married before we actually tied the knot, but making it official was so cool.”
Tell me about what you love about each other!
My favorite thing about Michele is how passionate she is about her job. She’s a teacher and dedicates her life to her students. I absolutely love how excited she gets when a student that has been struggling finally understands a concept, or when she’s found some new strategy to use in the classroom. I love how family-oriented she is and she truly has such a good heart. I hate saying this because it is so cliche, but Michele is most definitely my better half. She has completely changed me and I am so grateful she loves me.
What I love most about Brittany is the way she is constantly thinking about others (especially me). She does everything she can to make me happy. She is always thinking about what is going on in my life and how she can make it easier and better for me. I love that she surprises me with back to school gifts/end of year gifts, trips away from home for no reason, and the best birthday/valentine’s/anniversary gifts. It’s like her goal in life is to make me happy and she does a pretty good job. 😉
What are a few things that you and your future spouse love to do together?
We try to stay pretty active so we enjoy going to the gym together, but ironically, we LOVE trying new restaurants. We love going to the beach, boating, and camping. Our Summer’s are usually spent on the water. We’re huge gamecock fans so we love going to football games and women’s basketball games.
Tell me about your hopes and dreams for your life together after the wedding…
We hope that we will never stop doing the little things for each other. Life always becomes routine, but that doesn’t have to lead to a boring relationship. We hope that our relationship will always be like we’re dating. We have a beautiful family of two cats and a dog, but we want to have children one day. We have already outgrown our first home, so in the next year or so we will start looking for a new home which is exciting. We want to get a vintage camper and travel more. Overall, we just want to remain best friends and continue to fall in love with each other.
Tell me about the moment you first knew you were in LOVE with the other:
I’m not sure if this is the moment when we knew we were in love with each other, but we both remember being in Myrtle Beach at my family’s condo and Michele and I had been texting each other for several months, but were still dating other people. I went to go into the room with my girlfriend and I caught Michele looking at me, and we both just looked at each other knowing that neither one of us wanted me to go into that room with my girlfriend. That may not have been love yet, but it was definitely the moment that everything changed for us and we knew we had to be together. We aren’t sure there was ever a real moment that we realized we were in love, and I like to think it’s because we continue to fall in love everyday. It’s like we haven’t really reached a moment where we say “Ok, this is it. We’re in love.” Our love just continues to grow every day.