Sutton Aiken recalls it clearly, a few days before her freshman year of high school, moving trucks were parked at a house a few doors down from her friend's home. The girls wished the new family came with "cute boys" their age. On the first day of high school, her wish became a reality! Enter Walker Davis!
Although they traveled in the same circle of friends, timing prohibited these two from finding an immediate groove with one another. After nearly two years of poor timing, the time was right and Walker asked Sutton to accompany him on a date. No looking back!
For Sutton, she has always seemingly known "that things were different with Walker than anyone else." "We have so much fun together. I knew from the beginning we had something special."
Those fun times include learning new things, like wakeboarding and snow skiing, as well as an intense love of the St. Louis Cardinals. Walker's love of the Cardinals easily converted Sutton. So much so that Walker planned a birthday trip for Sutton to see the Cardinals into a trip of a lifetime. Every detail was well thought out and no stone was unturned to make Sutton feel special. Right down to the Cardinals' win!
Without hesitation, Sutton strongly believes "what makes us work is that we were best friends first." "We balance each other out really well." After nearly seven years together, Walker is "the funniest person I know so he always keeps me laughing which is important."
Not only is Walker humorous, he is clearly considerate of Sutton's feelings and seeks to make her happy. This was apparent in his well-conceived and executed proposal. Sutton was expecting a romantic dinner at one of their favorite restaurants when Walker received an urgent call from his mother requiring his assistance with his injured father. Upon arriving at his parents home, Sutton was ushered to the house by Walker as he went to attend to his father.
Sutton enters the house to find her "closest guy friends lining the hallway holding white roses." After receiving the first rose, she was instructed to "follow the roses". On her journey of collecting roses, Sutton noticed her parents as well as all of her best friends. When she reached the back of the house, a scene of strung lights, candles and rose petals filled the backyard and there Walker stood holding a dozen red roses.
"It was the most magical thing I had ever seen." Upon seeing Walker, he said "I guess you know we aren't going to dinner." Through her laughter and the tears, Sutton listened as Walker shared the tenderness of his feelings for her and asked her to share forever with him. A truly special night was enhanced by having all of their family and friends waiting to celebrate with them.
Those same family members and friends will gather once again on August 18, 2018 to witness Sutton and Walker commit their lives to one another. "We are both really looking forward to having all of the people that mean the most to us at the same place." Here's to another magical night!
Photographer- Megan Kennedy Photography