How did you two meet? Tell us your story: We went to the same church and had run in similar circles of people for a couple of years. It wasn’t until Austin moved in with an old acquaintance of mine that we started seeing much of each other on a fairly regular basis. It was a bit of a whirlwind after that. We started dating in the late Spring of 2011 and were married on the 8 month anniversary of our first date after just a 30 day engagement. Anecdotally, we actually had been in marching band together at UNT back in 2004. I had run past him on the field multiple times a day 3-4 days a week but never met him.
What do you love most about eachother? Lauren says: Austin’s genuineness is probably one of the things I love most about him. Before we dated, he was never a flirt, but instead only expressed interest in someone when he genuinely was interested. I feel that says a lot about the kind of person he is. I love seeing that genuineness in other parts of his life too, such as his work or how he cares for me, and it’s such a blessing to know I can trust his heart and intentions.
Austin says: One of the things I love about Lauren is that she is caring and thoughtful. She is very intentional in how she loves me in our marriage and stays true to her word. She is not quick to act or speak, but with wisdom, considers what is the best decision in each situation. I can always trust that if she commits to something in our marriage, it will happen.
What have you learned in your years of marriage? Living up to the vows you take is a lot more work than you would imagine. It requires thinking of the other person before yourself and that’s not always easy to do, especially if you feel like your needs aren’t being met. At the time of these photos, we were just finishing our first year of marriage. We were more in love than the year before, but we also had been through quite a rough time. I had struggled with a very dark and persistent depression all year and Austin had to struggle with impatience and how to love me in that. We wanted the photos to capture the deeper, richer love that we had for each other, along with the memories of our first home together, and we were blown away by the results.