Can you really meet the love of your life in high school? Does that really happened? In this case, Mallory Mayo did meet Eben Leeman in high school. Although at that time, there was no instance love from their high school encounters, their shared moments during this time laid the foundation for what was to come for Mallory and Eben.
Five years removed from their first meeting, while in college, Mallory and Eben came to the realization that they wanted to be together. Starting slow and being patient with what they had going, they built upon their past together and the two "have been inseparable ever since."
Mallory characterized the two of them as a "pretty laid back" couple. Their love for shared experiences such as cooking, time spent at home, with their dog, and at the lake with family and friends well as kayaking, working out, watching Alabama football and any new experience or adventure brings them closer with each passing day.
The key to Mallory and Eben's union is their opposing personalities. Mallory characterizes Eben as "very laid back and quiet." However, she acknowledges, "me on the other hand, not so much. I am a planner and I am usually the one doing all of the talking. I am the one who is always worrying and he is always there to calm me down." After nearly six and a half years, they have a system that clearly works.
Knowing Mallory's wishes for the day he would propose marriage, Eben's mission was clear, make it special and intimate and make it a complete surprise! On September 10, 2017, Mallory's mother requested she joined her on a shopping trip for a friend's birthday. Eben and Nash were left at home "to do yard work." After finally the shopping trip with her mother, Mallory returned home that afternoon, she grabbed her bags and exited the car while saying goodbye to her mother.
Upon opening my front door, Mallory found their home empty, the lights were dimmed, music playing in the background, candles along with pictures of the two of them and rose petals leading her to the back door. In total shock and trying to get an understanding of what was taking place, Mallory opened the back door to find Eben standing under a decorated arbor that he had built waiting on his one true love. Coming to the realization that this moment has finally arrived, Mallory was overcome with emotions and said "YES" to "the man I had wanted to marry for so long."
Photographer- Laura Wilkerson Photography