How did the two of you meet?
Kristina: "Adam and I met through mutual friends. He went to Virginia Tech with my friend, whom I met when she and her husband moved in next door to me. As I became best friends with Alex, Adam kept being an intermittent visitor at the Taylor's. Not that it was his intent, but we were both conveniently child-free friends who could make it to visit. It would take us years to see what we'd been overlooking."
(Megan here - I need to preface Adam's response to this question by saying when I first read this, I cried. I literally grabbed my chest because I thought it was just such a sweet and thoughtful thing to say.)
"From the moment we had an inkling of interest, the tone changed rapidly.
I was utterly enthralled."
What was it like early in your relationship?
Adam: "Pretty sure Kris didn't notice me as early as I noticed her. And she was certainly too cute for me to form any intentions on, so it forced us to just be friends. In its own way it was a blessing. I guess the first thing we really did together was short-term babysitting. Not that we were co-entrusted with children, but Brian and Alex trusted Kris enough to watch after their two kids and also make sure I didn't get into any trouble while they weren't looking. Certainly only one of us had diaper bag authorization (and that was just fine with me). From the moment we had an inkling of interest, the tone changed rapidly. I was utterly enthralled. Kris had already decided to move to Montana and make a fresh start, so our conversations were wide-ranging and intense. She seemed like an adventurer (she isn't) and I seemed self-assured and interesting (I'm not). But both of us had an idea of a new 'me' and were on a path. I don't think either of us had an idea those paths were going to line up so quickly. Laughs, tears, puzzled looks, embarrassing revelations...our time talking and visiting spanned the gamut of relationship interactions super quickly."
"In the mental haze of the pre-dawn hour and the dimness of the battery powered LEDs, she said, 'Yes.'"
Adam: "I knew what I wanted to do, but wasn't sure how I was going to be able to set it up without her noticing. Fortunately, Kris got invited to 'recovery yoga' on New Year's Day. Which gave me the opportunity I needed to decorate without her being around to see me. On the morning of the January 2nd, I had to be at work at 2:00am to get some saws running so that production wouldn't get cancelled. Fortunately (again), they were back online in a couple of hours. So I had time to change at work, drive over to the farm, wake Kris up at 6 on the nose, and rush her to put on boots and a coat. I had something to show her.
"I drove her down to the big Hemlock above the river and walked her under the canopy. I was talking too much but I managed to say a quick silent prayer, and trusted the remote string lights underneath the tree would turn on when I hit the remote. And that's where I asked her. In the mental haze of the pre-dawn hour and the dimness of the battery powered LEDs, she said, 'Yes.'"
Kris, name one thing you love about Adam:
Kris: "I love that Adam is so easy to get along with. He's very smart and while that can sometimes be overwhelming, he's very down to earth and I love that I feel so comfortable being silly with him and being able to goof off and have fun."
What's next for the two of you?
Kris: "There's so much to do! Each of us has lost time to make up for in our different ways."
AND NOW ... for a few of my favorite behind the scenes shots from my second shooter, Mackenzie.
(CLEARLY I'm having a good time)
Thanks so much to all of the vendors who made this day possible!
Venue: Patrick Henry Ballroom // Hair & Makeup: A Salon on 8 // Photography: Megan Sheppard Photography // Invitations: Minted // DJ: Moxley Production Services // Cake: Copper Hill Cakes & Goodies // Officiant: Rev. Bucky Hunsicker // Planning/Coordination: Events by Simplicity // Floral: Green Designs LLC // Catering: Center Stage Catering