Bridget and Tristen will marry at Arrington Vineyards in 2021, and wanted to have a vineyard engagement session to match! This was by far one of the most magical sessions I’ve had as a portrait photographer and I am anxious to photograph their wedding next year!
Tristen and I met in English class when I was a junior and he was a senior in high school. While we had never spoken, we had been making glances at each other and sharing smiles from across the classroom. About a week into class he stole his friend’s seat who typically sat next to me, and it went from there. Our first conversation happened in the hallway while he was walking me to class, he got my phone number when we decided to do a group project together, and our first date was the homecoming dance. I am not sure it can get much more high school than that. Luckily, as we have matured, our relationship has as well!
Tristen and I were each other’s first love, and after meeting so young we have learned how to grow with one another instead of growing apart. We have gone through arguably some of the most transformative years of our lives together in high school and college yet have found a way to adapt to each other’s changes rather than resent them. When we are together, we truly value continuously understanding and learning more about the other person despite being in a relationship for 5 years. Since the first week of dating, Tristen said he would call me every night before bed, and that promise still stands. We were first loves, and lucky for us, we will be each other’s last.
For both Tristen and me, there was not a single moment where the birds started singing and the wedding bells rang, but a collection of moments over time proved that this was love. Meeting in high school, neither one of us thought this would turn into a marriage. I was a junior, he was a senior, and we had at least a year of long-distance ahead of us if I chose to attend the same college. One moment that proved to both of us that this relationship was a good one was my high school graduation. Not only had we just completed a year of long-distance, but I had been accepted into Tennessee’s College of Nursing which is where Tristen attended engineering school. We weren’t anywhere near an engagement at this time, but we knew we could get through hard times with smiles and laughter. This is a moment where I could see that we had a happy and long future ahead of us.
Tristen was super sneaky with the proposal! After telling me 1,000 times he was not going to propose during our spring break trip together, I had absolutely no idea it was coming, it was such an amazing surprise! A month before our spring break trip, Tristen took a secret 3-hour car ride to visit my parents, ask for their blessing, and order the engagement ring. One month later, we both took that same trip to visit my parents before leaving on our spring break trip to The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL. While we were there, Tristen told me he was going to go order the ring, but little did I know he was actually picking it up from the jeweler. He came back with a pretend date that it was supposed to be ready by and hid the ring in his luggage. I was fooled. After the visit with my parents we left on the 6-hour car ride to our hotel arriving that afternoon. When we got to our room, we had mysteriously been upgraded to the honeymoon suite with a bottle of champagne to greet us. Tristen told me we were starting our vacation with a nice dinner, so I got ready and put on a nice dress. On our walk to dinner, Tristen wanted to walk around the gardens and pond on the hotel property where we had fed the ducks the previous year. Once we walked down the path to the pond with the fountain in the background, he got down on one knee. I was so shocked, excited and gitty that I said yes as fast as I could and put the ring on the wrong hand. That’s right, our first engagement photos were of me holding the ring out on my wrong hand. It was the best surprise I’ve ever had!
The ring is a yellow gold 3-stone diamond engagement ring representing the past, present, and future of our relationship. The ring not only is a symbol of Tristen and I’s love, but also the love of family. The two side diamonds came from a necklace I inherited from my grandmother while the middle diamond is from Tristen. To have the ring made, Tristen brought the design to our local jeweler who my family has gone to for over 10 years. Everything about this ring makes it so special, not to mention how shiny and beautiful it is!
I am most excited that we are getting married! Both Tristen and I want our wedding and reception to be a celebration. I am so excited to plan an event that is meant to be a happy day! Whether it comes to food, music, seating, or decor, I want to make sure we provide an environment for people to enjoy as much as Tristen and I plan to. Even our wedding color is yellow, the happiest color you can think of! We want this to be an event that all our family and friends can gather together as well as celebrate our new marriage. There are not many times in life to have everyone you love surrounding you at the same time, so I am most excited about taking this opportunity and planning our best day ever.