The last two images… wow. How gorgeous are these photos?! Thanks Meg + Josh for sending these over!
We asked them:
How did you two meet, tell us your story:
It all began in the sixth grade, in band class at Batavia Middle School. Marianne thought Andrew was the cute percussionist boy in the back row, and Andrew thought Marianne was the gorgeous popular girl that was way out of his league. But somehow, we became the best of friends. And we did everything together. From high school dances, to student counsel, to getting our driver’s licenses, to having a shared graduation party; we became Home for each other. But when high school ended, we went our separate ways to different continents, and then on to separate colleges with different friends and experiences, and slowly fell out of each other’s lives except for the rare occasions when we were both back in our hometown visiting family. For six years we traveled the world apart, with only brief islands of time together in Batavia. And then one day in October of 2012 we met again in the jungle of Brazil where we’d come to do photography, and we finally began to realize the simple fact that we were made for each other. So it is that after fourteen years of falling in love, we can quite truthfully and joyfully and confidently and passionately say this: we can’t spend another day without each other.
Describe the proposal:
Marianne had come to visit me (Andrew) for three weeks where I was working as a photographer in Grenoble, France (a beautiful town, surrounded on all sides by the French Alps). As we hadn’t seen each other in 4 months, it was a long awaited visit. One night, after we’d been together a week, I told Marianne to get dressed up because we were going on a double date with some of our friends. On the way to “the restaurant,” our friend who was driving told us that he had a great viewpoint up in the mountains that we could stop by and watch the sun set over the city. It was this little hillside park with huge old trees dotting the lawn, the snowcapped Alps rising up on one side and the city of Grenoble spreading out below on the other. When we got to the park and got out of the car, my friend drove off, leaving us there alone. We walked up the hill a little ways, and at the top was a tree with lanterns hanging from the branches and a picnic set up underneath it. I had told Marianne that I wanted to take that night to show her how much I had missed her and how much I loved her, and so I got down on my knee, pulled out a ring from my pocket, and told her that the only way I thought I could show her enough would be to spend forever together trying. Would she be my wife? She said absolutely yes, and we spent the rest of the evening dancing and laughing and crying and eating and watching the sunset in the mountains of France.
What do you love most about each other?
I think it’s fair to say that what we love most about each other is, quite simply, that we are each other’s best friends. We are Home for each other. We’ve both spent a significant part of our lives in motion, traveling and moving and working overseas and in different parts of the States, and the only place that we’ve ever felt we truly belong is next to each other.
What was your favorite memory from your proposal?
Andrew: slow-dancing to a song we used to dance to in high school, after she said yes to be my wife. Lanterns lit and flickering in the tree above, the city and mountains glowing below: it was a lifetime leading up to that moment and it was nothing short of perfect.
Marianne: Our engagement was the most lovely occasion. I will never forget what it felt like to hug Andrew so tightly right after I said “yes.” I have never felt such a peace as that in my life. I truly felt loved and at home.