Engagement sessions are always wonderful and fun, getting to know a couple in that excited time when they’re planning and thinking ahead to their big day. But sometimes I meet a bride with whom I have more in common than usual, Amy loves pup Lance (who was Rob’s dog before he met Amy) and her cat Miso so much, she’s sweet and genuine and she’s on her way to becoming a military wife when she marries Rob.
I learned a lot about these two as I strolled with them in the perfect morning light of Virginia Beach. First, they both rocked the session! And they brought their lab mix Lance, who was such a calm and good boy. Probably the most dignified lab I have ever met! Maybe that has something to with his parents’ inner strength. Amy and Rob met online and had only two dates before Rob was deployed for seven months. Even though their relationship was new, they both worked through the difficulties of separation, staying in touch regularly and supporting one another. Rob flew Amy out to Dubai to celebrate her birthday with him while he was in port. I know how much even a short amount of time together can mean during a long deployment…and that trip confirmed their feelings. When Rob found out he’d be away an extra month, they took it in stride. And they’ve been dating ever since.
Rob proposed…and pulled it off beautifully without a script or plan! At the gazebo by the Chapel at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. For Christmas, his mother gave Amy a special ornament in the shape of the Naval Academy Chapel. A beautiful and meaningful keepsake indeed. I can’t wait for Amy’s bridal session! I will get to meet Miso the cat, whose presence has been especially requested by the big-hearted bride!