Britney-AJ Engagement-McFarland Park, Florence, AL, US
Samantha Webber Photography beautifully captured Britney-AJ Engagement-McFarland Park in Florence, AL, US.
Event Date: July 21, 2017
From Samantha Webber Photography: Britney-AJ Engagement-McFarland Park
Britney scheduled a couples session with me. She was so excited to get images with her boyfriend, the same man that she had loved since middle school! Little did she know, AJ had other plans. Two days before the session, AJ got down on one knee. So, the session became an engagement session. A session to not only celebrate their love, but, now, their marriage!
Britney wore a soft blue dress while AJ pulled off a classic white button-up with a modern pattern. Their neutral tones were on purpose. Because the river was gorgeous, especially at sunset. The small beach on the shore and the large, gorgeous trees perfectly framed their session. And, her GRANDMOTHER’S beautiful solitaire was the highlight of the event.
Q and A with the couple: Britney-AJ Engagement-McFarland Park
Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?
Aj & I met in middle school. He was the mysterious, dark-featured bad boy who no one knew anything about. But somehow I could get him to talk to me on occasion. Later, I’d find out that he would purposely be late to class just to be able to see me in the hallways.
What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. (example: pushing each other to new limits, love to travel, huge comic book fans, foodies, etc.) What makes your relationship unique?
The only way to explain us is cliché – we were destined to be. We had the chance to be together 10 years before, while still in high school. Our own stubbornness, shyness and blatant inability to see what was right in front of our faces kept us from each other then. Fast forward to 2 years ago, we suddenly meet while I was at work. All it took was the way he smiled at me.
We had both been through similar unsuccessful relationships, had 2 boys each, and somehow, where we had been reluctant previously, those walls came down. The rest is history. Our families combined like pieces of a puzzle. Our love for each other is undeniable. That makes us more than special, it makes us soul mates.
How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship? (these may often be the same moment, but aren’t always)
We both feel the same about this question. We knew when we were just kids. But we were too young and honestly too dumb to act on the mutual feelings we had. Although we feel as if we were robbed of missing out for all those years, it was necessary. Between the both of us, we have 4 boys that we adore and would be lost without. Sadly enough, we needed to experience what being with the wrong person was like. We both believe we were always meant to be. But we also believe that everything happens for a reason. We are stronger together because of what we went through apart.
Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?
The proposal was everything I wanted it to be. I had three requests: that my mom was there to see it, that it was recorded for my reaction and that my nails were done. Somehow, he managed to do all three! That day, we had planned a family cookout with our parents for dinner. Earlier that day, my mother-in-law to be convinced me of going to the nail salon with her where I ended up getting my own done.
That night, my handsome boyfriend got down on one knee in front of our family while his sister Facebook lived the entire thing. I was in shock. I didn’t see it coming, which is normally hard to do. That day, though it was simple to some, was everything to me!!
Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?
I was ready to plan my wedding BEFORE we got engaged! Lucky for Aj I am a DIY’er!! I made all of my decorations, even my bouquet! Our venue was at my mom’s, and we built our own altar! Every part of our wedding was us. It was beautiful and didn’t hurt our budget being a large family!
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Hey friends! I’m Samantha! I’m a Florida-based wedding photographer married to my best friend, Josh. We love traveling the world, sitting by the water, exploring new cities, and eating all the ice cream! 🏝🍦 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And, we finally have our next adventure planned! We are super excited to be joining my parents (the travel gurus) on a trip to Boston, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island! Due to all of our schedules, we only have a few days together. So, we decided to make the most of it in the U.S.! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And, friends, there are some things that I am pretty excited about! 1. Fall- We will actually get to see and feel fall this year! I am so excited about the trees!!! 2. Hidden Gems- We have been doing our research. We are not your normal tourists. And we like finding the hidden gems and awesome places to go. 3. Being anywhere with my parents- when you live so far away, time is more important than where. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last thing! Is there anywhere that you suggest we go?! Specifically food! We have no good ideas yet!
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