Kaitlyn & Jonathan | Engagement Session in Downtown Sanford

Kaitlyn and Jonathan’s beautiful engagement session took place in the quaint, historic downtown of Sanford and then the Tobacco Road Golf Club on a gorgeous sunny day in April. I always write my own blog posts but I’m going to let’s Kaitlyn’s own sweet words tell their story this time, as she so eloquently writes her own love story…

“Jonathan and I went to Lee County High School together for one year, Jonathan’s senior year and my junior year. We had many mutual friends and often wound up at some of the same gatherings, whether it was a bonfire or hanging out at a friend’s house after a football game. We never really exchanged more than a few words amongst conversations with others at that point. Jonathan left for ECU after graduating and I went to UNC the year after. The next time we saw each other was one Friday night in June a couple years after I graduated from college at the home of our friend Alex Tucker. We had a longer conversation, catching up on what we had studied in college, where we were working and more. Later that year, in December, we ran into each other again after my 5 year high school reunion. After my friends and I left the reunion, we caught up with a big group of some of our other friends from different graduating classes at a local bar in Sanford. Again, I ran into Jonathan, where after chatting with him for a little while, I asked him to dance and he said…NO. I will literally hold that over his head for the rest of his life! Technically he said “No, but I”ll buy you a drink”, but the girl in me heard the “no” part the loudest (haha). We continued talking throughout the night and then my friends and I headed home. I woke up the next morning to a text from Jonathan, which led to many more text conversations over the next month. He asked me to dinner and since I was living in Raleigh, and he in Sanford, we met in Cary at The Carolina Ale House where we talked for a few hours over his chicken tenders and my salad (which, to this day, is our go to meal at any Carolina Ale House). When telling my friends about it later I insisted we were just friends, which morphed into my friends and I referring to it as “Frinner” for a few months as Jonathan and I continued to meet for conversations over dinner at a variety of places in Raleigh, Cary and Sanford. Sometime in early Spring that year I realized it was definitely more than “Frinner.”

We’ve been together for two and a half years now and honestly, I’m still just as giddy every time I see him as I was when I realized that I was really falling for him. What do I love most about him? He would want me to say something about how good he is at golf, and most people would expect to hear something about how he makes me laugh constantly or how he loves me so genuinely (which are all very true). Honestly, one of the things I love most about him is how he just makes me feel so comfortable, and how everything we do together just feels so natural, even sitting quietly next to each other. I’m a more emotional person so my feelings tend be so very strong – when I’m happy, it’s more joy; when I’m sad, angry or worried, it can quickly turn to tears. To be honest, I also cry when I’m happy a lot so he’s used to a lot of tears and loves to joke about it. He knows how to calm me down, talk me off the ledge when I’m feeling that rush of emotions. The best part is that he doesn’t have to say anything – when he kisses me on my head (one of my favorite things ever) the world around me slows and I know that I’m exactly where I need to be. Safe, happy and home with him. It’s really funny because I swore to my mom that I would never date, much less marry, a man from my hometown – and boy was I wrong. I guess this is yet another moment when my mom really was right, and I am so thankful for that! Home is something that’s really important to us, which is why we chose the locations we did for our engagement shoot.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        – Kaitlyn

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