I just absolutely had to save this couple for Valentines Day! Talk about a love story! <3 Briana and Steven are one of those rare couples that make it out of high school. Mmmmhm you read that right, they are high school sweethearts! AND they have been married for 5 years. How incredible is that?!
So they celebrated with an anniversary session here in Fayetteville NC, and since they are from New Mexico, they wanted to capture the South, the great state of North Carolina, and the stunning cotton fields that pop up in the early fall. Briana is a phenomenal photographer herself (Check out here work HERE!), so I was pretty nervous to be their photographer and be trusted with this couple’s photos!
I personally love cotton fields, and I was so excited to find a Fayetteville NC field that hadn’t been picked yet! It made for one happy engagement and wedding photographer!
It was easy to see that Briana and Steven were so comfortable around each other. You could tell that being in each other’s arms are their favorite and most comforting place. SO sweet!
They were married right out of high school, and he joined the military. A little over a year after they were married, they welcomed a baby girl named Lily into the world. Trust me ya’ll, she is ADORABLE. Briana and Steven also JUST had a baby boy, and are a cute happy family of four!
Pretty sure they belong on the cover of a Nicholas Sparks novel. <3
It was so refreshing to see a couple who have been together but still have that honeymoon air about them!
What stood out to me the most was how they want their kids to perceive their marriage. They want their children to know that real love is out there, and it can be kind, magical, real, and perfect. They both want a love and marriage their kids look up to, and they think about that and how they treat each other. They really inspired me!
I seriously felt like I was photographing a Disney love story in the fields of Fayetteville North Carolina!
I love her heart shaped ring! <3 Seriously it is the perfect ring for someone who loves love so dang much!
They were so kind to each other, and you could tell they truly respected the other.
They were so easy going and laughed, played, and teased each other the entire time! I love seeing sparks still flying, after nearly 5 years of being married!
The thing that makes their love truly special is that they have faced horrible adversity together. Steven was in the 82nd Airborne and was severely injured overseas.
After months in various hospitals, surgeries, and physical therapy, he was medically discharged out of the military and still deals with his permanent injuries today.
Briana stood by him and was there for him throughout the entire healing process, and he strives to work harder for his family. It is clear that they really draw their strength from each other.
Even though they have been hit with tons of trials, they are still happy, loving, and kind. That takes such strength!
Next we set up a little picnic!
They enjoy drinking wine together, but their favorite is oreos and milk! I love it!
Steven plays guitar and sings, so he started playing for Briana.
Pretty sure I witnessed an adorable movie scene! It was perfect! Briana has a selfie that she took when he said “I love you” for the first time, and she wanted to recreate in a special way. We set it up and got the right image!
Since it was their 5th anniversary, they wanted to capture it too. I was so honored to be a part of their love story, and so thrilled to have gotten to know them. I loved photographing them and hanging out with them that afternoon!
We also snapped a few of the family (have to update the family addition with the new addition!). I am so inspired by their love, how they treat each other, and the example they set for their children.
It is always wonderful to see couples with sparks flying, blushing cheeks, and a closeness between them. That is exactly the type of love Briana and Steven have. <3