Has Savannah ever looked sweeter? Ali and Aaron strolled the streets of Savannah for their engagement session, pair this with their darling smiles and a sweet as heck Savannah engagement story and it’s safe to say we’re smitten with their love story. We love this couple’s causal but clean style and their commitment to laughter!
Congratulations Ali and Aaron! Thank you Michele Houston Photography!
Every love story is different, but Ali and Aaron’s is one of my favorites. They fought to jump into the tough questions – the ones many of us shy away from – and challenged each other to pursue God with their whole hearts and to live life to it’s fullest. I loving seeing how Aaron constantly looks for ways to romance Ali.
For their proposal, Aaron took Ali to Daufuskie Island, where she grew up going on vacation. As a girl, she always dreamed of getting engaged there and got to experience her dream come true when her best friend got down on one knee. To Ali & Aaron: I’m so happy for you two. You make each other better, you love each other deeply and I can’t wait to see what your future holds!
From the Bride and Groom:
Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?
We had both signed up for a summer of service at a Christian summer camp. I was coming from Tennessee and Ali was coming for Georgia. We were both placed on the same team and everyone was meeting up for leadership orientation. I was wearing shorts and a tee with my cowboy hat and legs that had never seen the sun. She walked into the room with a dark tan and a “ready to take on the world attitude”. It was love.
What makes your relationship special and unique?
We were both painfully honest with each other for the outset of our relationship. We wanted to make sure that there were no ugly skeletons in any secret closets. I think that set us up for success because, while it hasn’t always been easy, Ali and I have always been able, to be honest with each other. That comes in handy when I’m doing something bone-headed because she is more than willing to help set me straight! The end (and continuing) result of this is that we are making each other better people by chipping away at the rough edges.
How did you know your partner was the one?
She likes to say that she knew she was going to marry me two weeks after we met (it was the cowboy hat).
Give us all the details of the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?
She had told me early on in our relationship about this special place that, as a girl, she dreamed of either being married or engaged. It was a small area of beach on the beautiful Daufuskie Island, SC. She said she loved it because of the driftwood that littered the beach. I called my parents and then hers and then several of our mutual friends and begged for their help to decorate her backyard. The end result was truly something off of Pinterest.
While they were decorating Ali and I took a water taxi to Daufuskie for a “simple lunch date”. Now came the hard part. I had to somehow get her to talk about and suggest to go to this special place on the island that I had never actually been to. I’m basically James Bond and had no trouble at all. So after sweet nothings were said on a private driftwood beachfront, Ali agreed to marry me. On the way back home I told her we had dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant, but I think she was more excited by all of her friends and family ready to party in the backyard!
We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!
So, over the course of about 4 years, Ali sent me somewhere between 15 and 15,000 pictures of rings and not one resembled another. But, she loved them all, and they were all the one she wanted. We had gone shopping together a handful of times, so I knew her size and had a rough idea of what she really wanted. She got a ring that is timeless, classy, and elegant. Just like her.
Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?
I think she is a lot like most girls in that she has been planning her wedding since she was a little girl so when it came time to do the real thing she jumped right on it! We are going to have the ceremony in Flinstone, Ga which is about halfway from both of our families. We are getting married outside on a farm, with mountains for a backdrop, and then having a reception with lots of dancing afterward in a huge barn. But we are still trying to decide between a few caterers and which color napkins we will be using but the major things are in place: I’ll be there, she’ll be there, and the people we love and respect will be there and we can’t wait!
Photographer: Michele Houston Photography
Event Venue: Forsyth Park