When I think of Michael & Pamela’s story, the phrase “be careful what you wish for” comes to mind.
It all started back when Michael began working at the same company as Pamela. They exchanged brief small talk as one does with work colleagues, but nothing more happened. And then one day, while talking to a friend at work who sat next to Michael’s desk, Pamela mentioned how her house-buying struggles would be easier if she was married instead of single. Her friend laughed and said, “Just ask Michael to marry you.” So Pamela turned to Michael and jokingly proposed. And Michael said yes.
Little did either of them know this funny joke at the office was going to lead to a first date, a relationship, and a real proposal 1 ½ years later! And now here we are, 6 weeks away from these two sweethearts saying “I do” to their forever together.
Though Michael & Pamela live in Houston, Pamela’s family has roots in the Temple/Belton area, and so they have chosen the gorgeous La Rio Mansion in Belton, Texas as the venue for their wedding day. Belton has become a central hub for all things wedding for them, so this past Saturday we were able to meet these Houstonians in Belton for their engagement session.
As we were walking toward Nolan Creek at the beginning of their session, Pamela and Michael both shared they had never had portraits taken together and were a little nervous as to how they would appear natural and not awkward. And so we put them at ease by telling them it WAS going to be awkward!
But really, having your photo taken for any reason is sort of awkward, right? At least in the beginning. And it does seem unnatural to intimately embrace your sweetheart and act all “lovey-dovey” in a public area while complete strangers walk by.
But we made Michael & Pamela a promise. We were going to teach them our core-posing technique and provide them with skilled direction for how to look natural in front of the camera, and with each passing minute of their engagement session they would feel more and more confident. And they trusted us.
So after only a few minutes, these two sweethearts were enveloped in their own little world of laughter and love. They listened for our gentle instructions, but mostly they became more at ease and themselves, laughing with one another, making funny faces to egg each other on, and just all around being adorable together. Seriously, multiple people who passed by on the trail congratulated them on their upcoming marriage, they were that obviously in love. Seeing these two and the joyful love they have for one another was so inspiring. It made us want to love each other more and enjoy the fun in our marriage!
So thank you, Michael & Pamela, for being so fun, and so romantic. Thank you for letting your true love shine through, for making this session so fun, and for making us want to recognize and enjoy the love and laughter in our own marriage.
We can't wait to be with you when you say "I do!"
Leave a comment below for these J&M Sweethearts!