Sara Caitlyn and Andrew met in the most organic of ways, through mutual friends. After deciding that Sara Caitlyn might be someone he’d like to get to know, Andrew asked her out. They spent their first date at Thomas Street Tavern, a spot my own husband and I know well from our dating days. They had a great time and immediately planned a second date.
Relationships dynamics are funny things. Some people are looking for a partner who will indulge their every whim. And then there are people like Sara Caitlyn. Part of what she liked so much about Andrew was that he had his own wants and desires; she understood that this was a relationship where she might not always get things her own way, and that actually drew her to Andrew. Andrew found himself attracted to Sara Caitlyn’s unique laugh. Every time he heard it, the sound put a smile on his face.
As their relationship matured, Sara Caitlyn and Andrew discovered a mutual love of traveling. They took any chance to plan a quick weekend getaway to the beach or to the mountains. Failing that, they indulged their mutual love for the Panthers, attending as many games as they could.
Andrew proposed on New Year’s Eve. They had plans to go out that night, so they were spending a lazy day at home, just relaxing. Andrew called Sarah Caitlyn into the kitchen, and when she arrived he dropped to one knee and popped the question. It was simple and intimate, just what Sara Caitlyn had always hoped for. The ring was one that Andrew had chosen entirely on his own. They hadn’t really discussed rings before, so Andrew was flying purely on instruments. That’s part of what I like so much about these two. It’s a partnership of two people who are full and complete individuals, but who make the most wonderfully complimentary pair.
After Sara Caitlyn and Andrew reached out to me, I met Sara Caitlyn and her mom Kelly at Central Coffee for our initial meeting. My home office was in the throes of a massive remodel, so the offsite meeting spot was a nice change. I remember how smitten I was with Sara Caitlyn. Her love for Andrew was so obvious, and I couldn’t wait to get them in front of my camera.
We made plans to do the engagement shoot at the UNCC Botanical Gardens. The shoot took place in late March, so the flowers were just starting to bloom, and the whole place was green from all the Spring rain. There were some lovely shots around the Japanese maples—I don’t know if there’s a prettier color than that initial red of a maple leaf. Sara Caitlyn and Andrew were loving and adorable; I felt so happy to have the chance to spend the afternoon with them.
I can’t wait to see these two tie the knot in just a few hours. I know it will be a day to remember.