These two were High School sweethearts… how cute is that?!?! Kristen and Jack took their Prom photos years before at the South Carolina State House, so they decided to return back to take their engagement photos. This is the sweetest story ever!
From Kristen… Wow. Where to begin?! I guess you could say our story began in the hallways of A.C. Flora High School here in Columbia, S.C. Literally, lol. He saw me for the first time our Freshman year and he was told by a friend that I was the, “prettiest girl in school.” (aw, so sweet but so not true!!) In his mind, Jack thought he would never have a chance. Wasn’t he crazy for thinking that?!? (& isn’t it ironic, I’d be getting married to the most handsome guy in the world!) Well, towards the end of our Junior year, he started walking me to class and would randomly sit by me and just be the kindest person ever, who never failed to make me laugh. During the later part of the summer before our Senior year, I decided to add him on Snapchat (tehe, social media has its perks!! 🙂 ) We began talking and flirting as two young high schoolers would. We decided to go on a Baskin- Robbins date and play 20 questions, because of course my corny self suggested it, and because it would be “fun” right?! LOL. We were so nervous with asking goofy questions to try to get to know each other that we didn’t even finish the game OR our ice cream!!! And if you know us, you know food is never unfinished!! At the start of our Senior year, we didn’t have one class together. We actually never had a class together all 4 years of high school. UNTILLLL, Jack went to the guidance office to CHANGE HIS SCHEDULE so that he would be placed in the exact AP English Course that I was enrolled in. BEST DECISION OF HIS LIFE!!!! (just kidding 😛 ) Talk about a flirt, he would sit behind me and flick my hair, throw pieces of paper at me, and wink across class and try to be the biggest distraction to me as I was trying so hard to focus. But of course, my focus was on the handsome guy trying to get my attention, so I guess you could say he succeeded!! Haha.
So, we decided to continue our journey of falling in love by grabbing a bite to eat at Chipotle after classes (his favorite) and taking it home to watch a football game and meet his family. His family was a joy and still is to this day; I am so blessed to be able to call them my futures. Well, like a Cinderella story with leaving her shoe behind, I “accidentally” left my Chipotle leftovers in the fridge. (no, really it wasn’t on purpose, but to this day Jack still thinks it was lol). As you can well imagine, he took the opportunity and asked me if I wanted to pick it up after school. Of course I didn’t really want the leftovers (duh!), but I said yes because I wanted to see him again. So, I came over and grabbed my chipotle and he took my hands and kissed me and asked if I would be his girlfriend!!! *insert girly screams* AHHH BEST DAY EVER!!!
I believe everything about our relationship is special. I think what makes our love for each other the most special is that we love unconditionally through whatever life brings us. We don’t only love each other unconditionally, but also those around us and in need. We love to help others and give back, or even just a smile if that’s all we can do. Because sometimes just a smile can make a difference in someone’s day. And that is something that I love about Jack, his smile. It’s contagious and it reflects his pure heart full of nothing but gold.
The moment I knew he was the one was in two scenarios. One, the day he formally asked me to be his girlfriend. Nowadays, it’s uncommon to receive that question. It’s more in the form of, “Let’s go on a date,” or “Do you wanna hang out?” It’s never those sweet, hopeless romantic words of “Will you be my girlfriend?” The second moment I knew was when he told me he loved me for the first time. Two weeks. Two weeks was all it took for both of us to fall head over heels in love with each other. I was 17 and I made a promise to myself to never tell a man that I loved him until I knew he was the one. Even in prior relationships, I never said it because my heart knew it wasn’t right. But with Jack, it was different. It was on a night of relaxing and watching TV when he told me. I walked him to his truck outside and said our goodbyes, we always give a kiss goodnight and put up our half hearts to make whole. Well, this time before our goodbye, he grabbed me by the hand and said he needed to tell me something. And my silly, yet tired self asked him what it was. Then he told me he loved me and that moment I will never forget. I teared up and said it back for the first time to the first man I loved (besides my Dad) and he will be my one and only “I love you” like that.
It was a “normal” day out fishing on May 26th with my Dad and his Dad. We went out to a pond that my family are members of and just had a wonderful time fishing, it’s something we love to do together. Then Jack said that he would call me later and let me know the plans. (We are hardly ever separated so I was a little suspicious hehe) But then he called me when we got home and told me to dress really nice and that we were going on a fancy date. He said I needed to be ready by 5:15 pm because he has reservations, but he needed to do something first (that made me even more suspicious with the “do something first” part lol). See, we’ve always talked about getting married and starting our life together, I just didn’t realize it was going to be so soon in the summer! (But trust me, I was happy!!) He picked me up in that good ole Chevy Silverado that we all love. I wore the cutest jumper that I’d been saving for a special moment 😉 With a few winks and smiles exchanged by my parents to him, off we went! He then said he needed to go by the pond ( the one where we fell in love-a family friend’s pond) and pick up a large limb that fell in the yard. So we got out of the car and slowly walked up to the back of the house where the pond is. He grabbed my hand, his was clammy and he kept squeezing it in a nervous way. Then we went around the corner and he had lights strung up all along the dock, flowers at the beginning and end, pictures hung up from our best memories, champagne, a blanket with candles, and a sign at the end that said “you’ll forever be my always.” He told me how much he loved me and how he can’t wait to spend forever with me and that I was always the girl for him and will forever be. Then he got down on one knee at the end of the dock and asked me to marry him and of course I said yes!!! We were both so nervous but filled with excitement that our tears turned into wobbling legs, that turned into smiles. It was the best! Then he told me to turn around and smile at the cameras. There were two people hiding in the bushes!! So sweet!!! Then I saw my family and his family coming down to congratulate us as a surprise too! We took pictures and celebrated, then went out as a family to our favorite restaurant! It was seriously the best day of my life. He picked out the most beautiful ring for me and asked me in the most special way at our sweet pond where we fell in love.
I have been planning my wedding since I was 5 years old (hehe), thanks to Pinterest!! But on a serious note, yes we have begun our planning! We have found our venue and it is a dream! It’s southern, rustic, and the tranquility of nature encompasses every turn with its plantation/farm style setting. It’s perfect. I have found my dress and I pray that I’ll make Jack cry as it did me when I put it on for the first time. It’s been busy with planning and all that a wedding entails. I just pray for happiness and smiles on our big day, as long as I get to marry the man of my dreams, everything will be perfect.