Three years before meeting, I specifically remember a mutual friend had said that if I had ever met Kayla, I would fall in love with her. We lived over 1200 miles apart at the time, so chances were, we’d never meet anyway. A year later, Kayla moved to Washington… more specifically, 16 miles away from me. Finally, I met Kayla for the first time. I would say I was a little caught off guard when I met her. Her laugh was contagious; her smile made me blush. But we were both in relationships though and in two very different places in life.
We would see each other off and on but nothing ever blossomed.
After a year went by, we started hanging out more, never having a dull moment. I have never laughed so much in my life. She was my best friend and the only person I found myself wanting to spend time with. As relationships were failing around us, we found happiness in the times we had with each other. A couple months later, our friendship transformed into a relationship.
We were in love. We spent every second together and our love kept growing and getting stronger. She taught me what unconditional love felt like, she taught me how to be strong and how to let go of things I can’t control. In return, I showed her patience and understanding, sacrifice and encouragement; both offering traits that neither of us had experienced.
My favorite thing that has been said to me was from my mom. Our mother-daughter relationship has always been tough. I feel like I’ve let her down in so many ways in my life, not living up to the expectations she set for me. I was never the type to bring girlfriends home so when I brought Kayla home, she knew it was a big deal. One night my mom invited Kayla and I over for s’mores. I remember we were sitting by the fire and Kayla and I were sharing funny stories with them and my mom interrupted me and said “Is this all you guys do? Laugh all the time?”. A moment where even my mother, who is completely against our relationship and wedding, couldn’t deny the love we found in each other. I am forever changed because of Kayla. My outlook on life, the love I offer and the kindness she’s shown me every time I mess up or say the wrong thing. She is my better half. And she deserves the world. Our wedding is just the first of many grand gestures I have to give.”
Location:Forest Park Conservancy//Photographer: Photography by Cambrae//