Two people. In the right place. At the right time. Sometimes, that's all it takes to start a journey into a beautiful relationship. That, and a little music quiz.
At least, this was all it took for Aprilday and Mat!
What better place to meet the person that would, unbeknownst to you, become your life long partner?
Italy, of course!
They say “when you know, you know”—And boy did he know! With an elaborate plan that could have gone wrong at any moment if just ONE thing didn't line up, he did what any guy who knows he's found THE ONE would do: He Proposed.
They had been long distance now for one year due to work. Mat was in Virginia, Aprilday in Italy. Mat was flying over to Europe, where they would see each other for the first time in seven months. They were going to Paris, the city of love. Reservations were made to eat on top of the Eiffel Tower. Here, was the moment of truth. Mat was nervous. He was absolutely sure he would say it all wrong. But, he was incredibly happy because he KNEW she would say, "YES." On the outside, he looked fine. On the inside...well, he was trying not to think about how nervous he really was.
Dinner ended, and they were at the top of the tower, in the cold. Mat took a photo of a couple, who so graciously agreed to help him. Then, they offered to take a picture of them. Aprilday thought this was a regular picture. Until she looked down at Mat on one knee, holding a ring box and her hand, declaring his love for her asking for her hand in marriage.
And she said, what any girl would say... "You grabbed the wrong hand." Yup! The most romantic proposal, in the most romantic city in the world.
What we absolutely adore about Aprilday and Mat, is that they are NOT traditional or conventional. They are two completely unique people, who make one heck of a whole. When you see the two of them together, their bond is far stronger than any one could have ever hoped or imagined. They don't break the rules. They rewrite them.
Met in Italy. Proposed in Paris. Married in Virginia. Wedding Portraits in Louisiana.
During their session, the little moments were the most impactful on us as their photographers. While walking from one scene to the next, the glimpses to each other and their faces lighting up with so much spirit, were refreshing and pure. The unconditional love that prompted Mat to pick up and carry Aprilday from one end of the field to the other JUST so that she would not risk getting her dress dirty. The many surprise kiss attacks between poses. It is so hard to get in front of a camera and bare your soul. But, these two shined like no other!
Above all else, is the love these two share for each other.
Aprilday and Mat, thank you so much for allowing us the privilege of capturing the love you two radiate for one another. It was truly an unforgettable experience, and we can't wait until your family ceremony!
For now, take a look at a few of our favorite moments from the session.