“In times of grief and sorrow, I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life.” – Nicholas Sparks, “The Notebook”
Aida & TJ will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary together this November. Celebrating… but while on different sides of the world! TJ proudly serves in the Navy, so the couple chose to do their anniversary session a few months early before he deploys once again.
To celebrate, Aida & TJ chose to do an incredibly special photo shoot theme based on the movie, “The Notebook.” The movie proves to be more than just a favorite of Aida’s! The couple both relate strongly to “The Notebook,” because much like Allie in the movie, Aida’s parents did not approve of her and TJ dating, and they had to fight to be together!! After four years, Aida had finally had enough of others telling her who to love and was able to move out on her own to be with TJ. “The Notebook” also happens to be one of the first movies they watched together when they were only 15.
Not only did Aida & TJ face disapproval from her family, but many others used to tell them that they were too young to know what love was! The road was super difficult with many ups and downs, but the two held strong and have proven that true love does exist, no matter what the age!! Ten years later, just look at the love that still emanates from these two lovebirds!!!
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Melissa waited for Pat as he proudly served in Afghanistan in the Army, and once he returned, he has spent his time repaying Melissa every day by romantically meeting her needs, big and small! It was an honor to spend time with this sweet, self-proclaimed, “lovey dovey” couple, as I documented their first year of marriage in their first home together in Alexandria, Virginia. Melissa is obviously quite the decorator, and I instantly fell in love with her sense of style and design! The multiple antiques, photos of their wedding day and special moments, meaningful momentos from throughout their relationship, and special memorabilia from Pat’s Army days were gorgeously displayed around their home.
One item in particular was a little glass jar that Melissa sent to Pat while he was deployed to Afghanistan. It read, “100 Reasons Why I Love You,” and you could see that she listed (over) 100 reasons why she loved him on little pieces of paper inside. So sweet!! Just a small example of the many sweet things throughout their beautiful home.
Melissa & Pat cooked strawberry sprinkle pancakes together, laughed over the extremely thick syrup that Pat picked out, and toasted with mimosas to celebrate their first anniversary! They even shared some anniversary cupcakes — finally with their cute bird cupcake toppers (that were supposed to grace their actual wedding cake)!
After the lovely and intimate lifestyle session we did at their home, we headed to nearby historic Old Town Alexandria where I captured the two in a more formal out-on-the-town look! I just had to sneak in that American flag from a docked ship in the background for this patriotic couple!
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