Monday, February 10, 2014

 Today's love story comes from our dear friend Amanda Marie of Amanda Marie Photography. When we met her at Texas Style Council, we couldn’t help but fall in love with her charming personality and darling Ruchette style! Read on for the heartwarming story she shared with us about her relationship with her husband.

We can't ever seem to pin down the exact moment we met. We grew up together and have known one another as long as we can remember. Our grandpas were actually friends and used to play golf together at our hometown country club, sometimes, Amanda's grandfather would assist Tyler's grandfather's at work at his electrician company. Then, our dad's (Amanda & Tyler's dads) eventually became classmates and even played on the same little league football team. So all that being said, we aren't really sure of that one moment when we were finally aware of each's other existence! We were always friends elementary through middle school, and we ran around with the same group of friends in high school. We even tried 'dating' once in middle school (whatever you do in middle school to date!) and attending homecoming together. Then, a few days later Tyler broke up with Amanda over AOL Instant Messenger. (The good old days!) We remained friends the following years, even texting one another about the person we were dating at the time. During the fall of our senior year of high school, we attended a concert together (this was the first time we had ever been anywhere one on one after years of going out in group settings) which essentially became our very first date. From that Dashboard Confessional acoustic concert on, we were finally aware of each other's existence. In 2007, at 17 years old, we officially became boyfriend and girlfriend. 

After three and a half years of dating, we were being pushed and pulled in different directions, and we thought it best to break up. During that time, we learned so much about ourselves. We needed a minute to take a step back and learn to truly appreciate what we had in one another. We had known one another our whole lives that we didn't really know what it was like to not have each other. Turns out... we didn't like it too much. On August 1, 2012 Tyler proposed and that following New Years Eve we were married (see our wedding here)! 

Amanda: What I love most about Tyler is his supportive and encouraging personality. He doesn't take life too seriously, and he has the kindest heart of anyone I've ever met. Oh and his music skills and dimples don't fall far behind on my list! 

Tyler: What I love most about Amanda is that she is always smiling and enjoys the little things in life. I love that she isn't afraid to be independent, and I love her love for the Lord. 

What we've learned most about our one year of marriage is that is truly rocks to be married to your best friend. That and communication of course. We are best friends who communicate and there's no better recipe for us! 

-- Amanda, Amanda Marie Photo

Thanks to Amanda for sharing her story and to Michelle Boyd Photography for lending us the gorgeous photos. To make this Monday even better, Amanda is hosting a giveaway over on her blog right now -- and the winner will receive a 30 minute photography session in Fort Worth, Texas with as many outfit changes as time allows and 20-30 edited images (all in a dropbox folder)! Head over to her blog now for more details.


PS: Our contest is still going on! Head over to our post to see how you can win a $50 gift card!