Abbey-William Family Neighborhood Engagement Photos in Waxhaw, NC, US
Stephanie Bailey Photography beautifully captured Abbey-William Family Neighborhood Engagement Photos in Waxhaw, NC, US.
Event Date: October 5, 2018
Stephanie Bailey Photography: Abbey-William Family Neighborhood Engagement Photos
This was an evening full of kisses, hugs champagne, confetti and laughter. Abbey and Will are high school sweethearts killing life one year at a time. After their first text message conversation, these two were hooked. We all graduated from the same high school, but just different years. I feel so lucky to have gotten to witness the beginning of their relationship. Although I never dreamed of having them in front of my camera, it was a dream come true to document such a sweet season of their love story.
Since Will is in the Coast Guard, their relationship has faced the struggle of long distance, adjustment and learning how to figure out who they are without their other half next to them. Abbey has attempted to explain all the ins and outs of Will’s work, but I don’t think there are enough words to describe all the great things he does for her or for this country.
This sweet couple chose Abbey’s family neighborhood for their engagement session since it was the same place Will got down on one knee for the first and last time. It only seemed appropriate to reminisced on that special moment. They were so adventurous, relaxed and excited to jump into the muddy pond to capture some romantic images. This session will forever be one of my top favorites. Abbey and Will’s connection is so magnetic that I even felt gravity pulling me towards them. I was constantly amazed watching how easy it was for them to frolic, pose, dance and jump into dirty waters without one complaint.
This entire engagement session just gave me a little taste of how much fun their wedding will be. I am so honored to have the opportunity to document the moments leading up to the “I do’s” and the celebration that follows. Abbey and Will are one of a kind and their big day will be one for the books.
Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?
William and I met in Chemistry Class in High School in Matthews, North Carolina. We were definitely interested in one another from the beginning, but did not start spending time together until spring when he asked me to prom. We started dating about a month later and we have been dating ever since for six years! 🙂
Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?
William proposed to me on Friday, May 11th, 2018 (our five year anniversary) in my neighborhood. It was a surprise that I did not expect to happen so soon!! I expected him to propose sometime that summer but not as soon as he did. William is in the Coast Guard and was scheduled to be on a work trip that weekend. Little did I know, this work trip was cancelled and he booked a flight on Wednesday, May 9th to come home and propose to me two short days later!
He had picked out the ring in March and was originally planning to propose over labor day weekend when he would be home for the long weekend and his birthday. It’s crazy, earlier that week I had called my mom and sister to see if they wanted to get our nails done on Friday since I would be coming home from school that Thursday. This was before my mom received a call from William on Wednesday that he would be proposing to me that weekend!
SO, Friday morning we are getting our nails done (by chance) and I get a phone call from my friend Reagan (@reagan_adele) asking if I want to go and practice using my camera that afternoon/evening since I had shared with her over coffee that Monday that this is something I wanted to do. That afternoon I get ready and leave with my camera to meet up with her and she has to “cancel” because she is in traffic on her way home from Clemson and wouldn’t make it in time.
So I turned around and headed back to my neighborhood where my mom had told me to come and join them at the water while my dad fished. When I get there I park, get out of my car, and to the left William is walking up to me, homemade ring box in hand! He had built me a wooden ring box since he didn’t like the box the ring came in, haha! Next thing I know he is down on one knee asking me to marry him! Of course, I said yes, yes, YES!!
Abbey-William Family Neighborhood Engagement Photos:
Photographer: Stephanie Bailey Photography
Photographer: Stephanie Bailey Photography
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