Clair and Michael

Fredericksburg, Texas

 

 

Photography | Nikk Nguyen Photo | @nikknguyenphoto

Venue | Southold Farm Cellar | @southold_farm_and_cellar

From the Photographer

There are so many ways to meet the love of your life. I’m a wedding photographer – I’ve heard it all: online dating, dating apps, blind dates, lifelong friendships turned romances, set ups, etc. It blows my mind how many different paths there are to finding the person you choose to spend the rest of your life with. Every single love story is beautifully unique, which is why I love my line of work so much!

 

Clair and Michael’s story began in 2013 when their mutual friends (who were dating) introduced them to each other. Clair pointed out, while I was photographing them, that Michael lived in a house of four guys who are now all married to the person they were dating while they were living together! They are the last of the dating couples to tie the knot! See what I mean? SUCH fun and unique stories!

 

I photographed these two lovebirds at a stunning winery in the Hill Country of Texas – Southold Farm + Cellar. It was perfection. Their chemistry was magic and it was a blast to capture it on camera. While we were walking through the beautiful Hill Country, I had the pleasure of hearing more about their love story. Clair and Michael had been dating for many years, so marriage was definitely on the table for both of them. Clair, however, was becoming impatient and had come to the conclusion that it might never happen! Michael, on the other hand, already had a romantic plan up his sleeve. The couple took a trip to Miami just before Christmas in 2018. They had just eaten dinner and. Michael wanted to go on a romantic walk on the beach (where he was planning on proposing!). Clair was tired and wasn’t up for the walk so Michael had to think fast and come up with another plan. He decided to pop the question privately, right there in the hotel room, which, “Honestly, [was] very us!” Clair stated.

 

Clair and Michael have a special relationship because they have been through a lot together over the years, which has required immense support from each other. Throughout their dating relationship, Michael has started a business and Clair decided to go back to school. Their lives are completely different now than they were seven years ago when they met, but their sense of teamwork and support for each other has only strengthened their relationship. Like many brides around the world, Clair grew up watching “Say Yes to the Dress,” and is beyond thrilled to finally be planning her own wedding and marrying the man of her dreams. With the help and support of her incredible community, Clair and Michael cannot wait to make their day as special and personal as possible!

 

It was such a pleasure photographing Clair and Michael! Not only did I get to listen to their unique love story, but I also got to capture it on camera. These two are incredible!

Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

We met in 2013 through mutual friends who were dating. Fun fact, Michael lived in a house of four guys, all of whom are married to the person they dated while living there. We’re the last to tie the knot!

 

What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

Our relationship is special because of the support we have been able to show each other over the years. Michael started a business 2 years ago and I went back to school 3 years ago. Our life is drastically different now but our drive towards the same goals has made it so much easier. To take our mind off of all that stress, having our dog Bristol to take care of means everything to us. She’s our 10 year old Ridgeback baby and is a great distraction for both of us on hard days.

Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

We’ve been together for many years, so marriage was definitely on the table. But I was impatient and thought it was never going to happen! Michael surprised me by proposing before Christmas 2018 on a trip to Miami. He wanted to take a romantic walk on the beach after a nice dinner, but I was tired and didn’t want to, so he ended up proposing privately in our hotel room. Honestly, very us!

 

Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

I am one of those girls that grew up watching “Say Yes to the Dress” and had my wedding planned long ago. So to say I am thrilled to finally plan this day and marry the one I love is an understatement. Now that the experience is real, I am mostly excited to make it as personal as possible. I didn’t realize until I started planning my own wedding how important including my community was going to be to me. The priorities have gone from the setting the perfect scene, to making everyone who loves and supports us feel special and included on our day.