We get the honor of featuring weddings, engagements, and even proposals all the time. It is rare to get something like what we have in store for you today. After the parties, the presents, and the “I Do’s”, after the dust settles most couples are at the start of an amazing journey together as man and wife. Brittany and Timothy chose to mark the first milestone of their journey with an amazing photo shoot to celebrate their one year anniversary! Jae Studios was right there to take some stunning images in one of the most beautiful locations I have ever seen! Take a look at these amazing shots and read the unfolding of Brittany and Timothy’s love story below I hope it touches you as much as it did me.
From the photographer:
Recently, two people close to me wanted to celebrate their recent one year marriage anniversary through imagery! They reside here in Lynchburg like I do. So on a recent trip home to New England, my sister, brother in law and I ventured out to a private lake in our rural hometown of North Stonington! Fall in New England is like nowhere else and being raised in Connecticut, I’m sure I’m a little biased. The fall display this season did not disappoint – the colors were vivid and varied!
Billings Lake was the perfect location to showcase their connection, love, and relationship with the bonus of glorious reds, yellows, and oranges as the backdrop. The sunrise light filtered through fog on the water as we began our session on a peninsula extending into the lake. Pine trees, rocky outcroppings, and a picturesque tree lined, leaf carpeted lane added to the already fantastic fall anniversary session!
From the couple:
How did you two meet?
We met in March of 2010 at a movie night during our college years. Tim’s guy friend was interested in a girl friend of mine, so they invited a whole group to help break the ice. Tim’s take was, “She was fun but I didn’t think I could date her.” Starting the next morning at breakfast, we began running into each other all around campus! We spent more time together, he asked my parents for permission to date, and we began as a couple November 1, 2010. One year later, after a near break up, we made the decision that we were all in and exchanged our first “I love you’s” with happy tears.
How did he propose?
We graduated college together in May 2012, got our first jobs and waited till the time was right. Myself, mostly impatiently waiting – and him, mostly strategically planning. He bought the ring as a birthday gift to himself, and after two weeks, decided he couldn’t hold on to it any longer!
On a cold Wednesday of February 2013, he casually suggested a walk on our favorite trail to one of our favorite spots. He held me under the giant sycamore facing the creek and we talked about our lives, how I felt like mine was at a standstill. At that point, he spoke something about our lives about to move forward, turned me around, and knelt down to present a ring! And this is where our fairytale ends! That’s right – a lukewarm kiss and unseen disappointment led to hurt feelings, an argument, and a quiet walk back down the trail. We eventually came to smiles and laughter, but that day we learned a valuable lesson about life together: as imperfect people, we will love each other imperfectly. Ultimately, we must accept each other’s attempts to love and imperfections, and seek God for perfect love and full satisfaction.
A whirlwind of wedding activities ensued and six months later, August, 3, 2013, we vowed to give our lives to each other in a quaint New England chapel, with our family and friends there in the wooden pews to witness our becoming one. What we thought was, or would be, the happiest day of our life now is daily rewritten by the unimaginable blessing of knowing and loving each other more deeply, waking up side by side, and walking hand in hand. We celebrated what seems to be both a long and short four years being together on November 1st, and by God’s grace, our story continues to be written until death do we part.
What do you love most about each other?
Brittany – He is so selfless. He is ALWAYS putting me before himself and my needs before his own. And, he does it with a smile! I don’t even understand how he can be so happy to serve me! I also love how extremely patient and understanding Tim is. He never jumps to anger or blame – he simply loves me all the way to finding solutions. Being married to Tim means that I never have to hear my alarm clock again; he wakes me up with a sweet kiss every morning.
Tim – There are a number of things I could list about Britt that I love. Of course there are the superficial things like her deep brown eyes and her curly hair, but those aren’t what truly make me fall for her. I think that, most of all, what I love about Britt is that she pushes me to be a better man in all ways. It’s not controlling or manipulative; she simply sees in me the potential that I don’t see in myself. She challenges me to be intentional with my time, to be mindful of my words, and to be diligent in my job, studies, and faith. Looking back and seeing who I was, in comparison to who I am now, it’s obvious to see her impact on me. I really cannot think of one area of my life that is not different or better because of her influence. I think it’s a testimony to her unspoken optimism of who she thinks I am. On a lighter side, I love Brittany’s playful spirit. Rarely does she want to sit and watch TV when we have time to hang out – she wants to move! Hiking, walking, dancing, playing, competing, and even wrestling; she’s young at heart and loves to goof off, and I love that about her. A great example of this is the pranks we play on each other. We’ve been pranking each other by hiding plastic snakes around our apartment for the last 2 months or so, hoping to scare each other. Nowhere is safe! She started it and it’s a lot of fun to try and get each other back. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of our lives, she still finds ways to inject a little bit of silly fun in there, and it makes all the difference when times get stressful.
3. What have you learned in your first year of marriage?
We’ve been married for just over one year, but already feel we have learned a few core lessons to a successful marriage. First of all, we’ve learned that we need to continually remind ourselves to appreciate one another, especially in our differences. It’s easy to get negative towards one another, and our happiness is largely how we choose to respond to one another and the situations life throws at us. Happiness isn’t found in our possessions, careers, or accomplishments, it’s found in our choices to be thankful for what we have and to love one another unconditionally.
Second, we’ve learned how dangerous it can be to compare our marriage to others. Comparison never leads to anything productive, only disappointment, unrealistic expectations, and arguments. Even knowing this, it’s easy to fall into a cycle of comparison and negativity if we aren’t intentional about avoiding it. Finally, we’ve learned to fight clean. Disagreements come up every once in a while but we have taken measures to make sure our arguments are about the issue at hand, not our love for one another. This means doing things like truly forgiving, letting old arguments stay dead, not interrupting one another, and staying open to one another’s opinions. It means not letting our emotions get the best of us, even when we feel hurt or disrespected. It means listening to understand, not listening to respond.
Photographer: Jae Studios