Surprisingly, it was a wedding that brought Courtney and Andrew together in the summer of 2015. Although they knew of each other, Courtney and Andrew had never officially met until this day. However, Andrew was not willing to let the moment pass without making an attempt to get to know Courtney better, so he asked for her number.
Courtney makes note that, "I instantly thought Andrew was a cutie and he was super silly. He was always making me laugh and telling jokes! Andrew was like a big teddy bear best friend that I felt like I could be my total self around him." Over time Courtney realized, "he was peace, love and happy all wrapped up into one big smile. He was my "home". My heart felt whole and happy. It was an easy love that I had never felt before."
For over two and a half years of growing together, Courtney has learned that "we both are a lot alike. We have a lot of the same opinions on things and values." Sharing similar thoughts and values is what made the proposal of marriage by Andrew absolutely perfect for Courtney.
While accompanying Andrew and his family on a trip to Montana, Courtney was unaware that this would be a trip she would never forget. It was also their 2 year anniversary and unbeknownst to Courtney, Andrew and his parents had selected the rings months prior to the trip. On August 7, 2017, the group took ATVs to the top of Desert Mountain. After taking pictures at the top of the mountain covered in dirt and sweat, Courtney and Andrew started their walk back to the ATVs. While descending the mountain, Courtney noticed the family was not behind them.
"I was walking in front of Andrew when he grabbed my hand and said, "So, I got you an anniversary gift." "I turned around and he was no one knee with this pretty little box in his hand. He opened it and it was the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. I was at a loss for words...then tears and laughter consumed me! I bent down to hug him and all he said was "is that a yes?" I said, "YES, yes, yes!" It was the sweetest, most unforgettable moment."
So again, a wedding will bring these two together. However, this time the ceremony will join Courtney and Andrew together as one, forever. On April 7, 2018, in Dothan, Alabama friends and family will gather at Covenant United Methodist Church to witness their union in a chic, French country garden inspired wedding filled with colors of blush, sage, gray and "pops of gold. That day can't come soon enough!
Photography- Courtney Woodham Photography