January 24, 2012

Free Engagement Session Giveaway



"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." My favorite quote ever!!! Bonus points if you can name the movie ;) Offering a free engagement session to celebrate Valentine's Day this year. Don't forget to like my facebook page.

Good luck, I am very much looking forward to hearing your love story xo

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

We both ended up uncharacteristically at a theme park in Virginia called Busch Gardens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busch_Gardens), to amuse our respective families on Independence Day weekend. We were seated next to each other at an afternoon beer tasting, where we were hilariously served 'specialty' beers with food pairings, like any old wine tasting, but with BUSCH beer! I thought his mom was his girlfriend. His youngest brother hit on my older married sister. We walked away without ever having gotten each others' names. Apparently, his brothers razzed him about not getting my number, and my sister razzed me for not even getting his name. In a theme park full of thousands of people we bumped into each other on the other side of the park later that day. Unlikely event! This time we made sure to swap numbers (our families wouldn't have it any other way). We spent the rest of the night together, and I don't think either of us now find it ironic that in our first day together we were riding roller coasters while watching fireworks. The last 3 and a half years have been one long night on the Lochness Monster with explosions of bright lights celebrating our Independence in the distance.

We both lived hours apart in the foothills of Appalachia, hours from the theme park. We agreed to meet in the mountains. We each took a trip to the others' mountain abode once before Dave was due to move 2,000 miles west to Tempe, AZ to start Naturopathic Medical School. Since I had just returned from a second tour of the Southwest, I offered road tips to the newbie cross country travelers and told them they'd regret not having me there on the trip. Dave called my bluff and invited me to take the trek. I called his bluff and accepted.

The road trip gave us plenty of reasons to walk away friends and never look back, but after a month I flew back to Virginia and realized I'd left my heart in the Southwest. I flew back out, and a year later we moved in together! One month later we were indirectly struck by the same bolt of lightning. Our friends wrote a song about it... (http://vimeo.com/13687552)

We're still here!

Our 'engagement rings' are halves of a fossilized nautilus...

David Hamilton said...

Over 3 years ago Laura and I met unexpectedly at an amusement park in VA (Busch Gardens)...both of us were visiting family...I was preparing for my move westward to Arizona for medical school with no expectations of meeting someone who would change my life forever...

When we first encountered each other, patiently waiting for the next beer tasting, we both kept looking at each other trying not to be obvious...I was caught off-guard on how a hippy chick ended up in Busch Gardens...

We were both were seated at the same tasting bar and were strategically placed by our accompanying family members to be seated next to each other. We struck up some small talk and chose our first tasting of brew...we both chose the stout option first. This lead to more conversation of who we were etc etc...After the hour passed we said farewell and proceeded with our day with our respective families...

My family inquired about who she was and what we talked about...and come to find out I didn’t even get her name! I had no expectation of meeting anyone special the week before moving across the country! Later that day we bumped into each other in the amusement park...more like Laura spotted me ran over and jumped into my arms! She invited all of us to come for a drink in the adjacent pub in Ireland (in Busch Gardens). This time we exchanged phone numbers and got each others’s names...for the rest of the evening our attending family members mingled a bit and Laura and I enjoyed each other’s company. Due to the nearing holiday (July 4th) Busch Gardens had fireworks for that weekend. We decided to view them from the roller coaster the Lochness Monster, we must have ridden that over a dozen times, (a perfect recipe for love sickness ;) but more importantly we held hands the entire time...

We parted ways for the night and immediately contacted each other via text message and then the next day on the phone. Since we both lived in Appalachia and interesting areas mind you...we decided to invite each other to visit our homesteads. So I delayed my trip an extra week and headed to Wingina, VA where she was helping a friend restore an old farm house. She visited my shanty placed on the New River in Blacksburg, VA. During our time together, Laura had told stories of her 3 years traveling the nation and the broad network she had created. She offered that network to me and my brother as places to see along the way and/or places/people who we could stay. I took this information down and during her visit with me, I decided to invite her along for the trip. She excitedly accepted. The following week she joined my brother and I on our first trip west.

Ever since that moment--my life was forever changed...