I was scrolling through Facebook a few weeks ago when i stumbled upon Chelsea’s page. I sat there confused for a few seconds wondering to myself who this person was and how we became friends on Facebook. We had a few friends in common, but I didn’t recognize her or her name. A week later Chelsea and I were planning her love story session with her boyfriend Chris! We planned the shoot for about a week, we decided on the Dana Point Harbor. We really wanted to emphasize the love and romance between the two of them. So we chose an intimate location which fit perfectly into the theme. Once Chelsea and Chris showed up for the shoot, I instantly FELT the love they share for each other. Hand in hand, sneaking kisses, I melted! Talk about the sweetest couple ever! We began the shoot and immediately I could tell this shoot is going to be publish material. What is better than beautiful colors, gorgeous location and a star-stuck in love couple? Nothing. I am SO elated to have met both of these incredible humans. With Chelsea’s contagious smile, to Chris’s unique mystery, they balance each other out, and I can’t wait until I can photograph their engagement session and eventually, WEDDING! From Chelsea:
It all began at the innocent age of 11. Chris and I met on a warm summer night at a local youth group bonfire located on the beautiful beaches of San Clemente. I had attended the church long enough to recognize an unfamiliar face, so when Chris arrived, I knew that His was a face I wanted to get to know. I was easily captivated by his welcoming smile, piercing blue eyes, and his gorgeous blonde locks. As the night progressed, we exchanged a few smiles and even some laughs while engaging in innocent, yet playful conversation. We sang worship songs, splashed in the ocean with our friends, and sat around the fire making s'mores all night. Before I knew it, hours had passed and it was time for everyone to go home. I couldn't have been more excited for Sunday to come so I could see him at the 9 a.m. service.
At church on Sundays and at youth group on Wednesdays I found that somehow Chris and I always ended up sitting close to one another. It wasn't until our youth group took a trip to Universal Studios when everything fell into place. I was looking forward to this trip because I knew it was another day I got to spend getting to know Chris. We spent the entire day in each other's presence. I remember chills being sent down my spine the moment when we held hands for the very first time, and the way my heart raced the entire car ride home as I rested my head on his shoulder. After the trip, Chris and I spent the next few weeks talking every moment that we could— even sneaking in late night phone calls where we would make up our own language and wonder if we were looking up at the same night's sky from our bedroom windows from two separate cities. It was puppy love!
Unfortunately we began to lose connection as the new school year approached us and eventually stopped talking all together. There were moments where I would think about Chris and wonder what he was doing.
On a summer afternoon, eight years later on the same beach where Chris and I met when we were just kids, a handsome boy caught my eye as I was walking on the wet sand with a few of my closest friends. Our eyes met and we exchanged smiles. This boy looked so familiar. As we passed by each other, I couldn't help but turn to take a second look at him— only to find that he was looking back at me too. Just moments later, this handsome boy turned around and began to walk in my direction. We uttered a few words, and before I knew it, I was being asked to coffee.
That evening was one I would never forget with the boy that I never forgot, even after all those years. We spent hours in the coffee shop catching up, reminiscing, and learning about each other. With every word that he spoke, the only thought that kept running through my head was wow, he is absolutely perfect— and completely out of my league. He walked me to my porch as the night came to an end. I closed the door behind me and released a deep sigh, feeling a mix of emotions knowing that it was the first, and probably the last time I would be seeing Chris since were both heading back to college, separated by a six hour drive in two completely different states.
I was dazzled with Chris's charm and couldn't help but wonder what he thought of me. He was more alluring than I remembered. I spent the next few days packing for school, but every so often, Chris would cross my mind.
I was able to see Chris one last time as he accompanied me on my drive back to school in San Diego, where he would be meeting with one of his roommates to make their way to school in Arizona. The whole car ride I wanted nothing more then to reach over and grab Chris's hand, but I didn't want to come on too strong. After an hour drive together, I dropped Chris off at his friend's house, regretting not making a move. We went our separate ways.
Chris and I continued to keep in touch while we were away at school. Our casual once-in-a-while texting conversations turned into an every day thing, gradually turning into phone and video calls. We let our guard down and I found out that Chris was interested in me too! As things got more serious between us, we began to plan trips where we could see each other. His second trip to San Diego was magical. Chris shared with me how he felt and even told me that he LOVED me! We continued to date long distance and made
time to visit one another. I got excited for holidays because I knew it meant that Chris would drive to San Diego and we would drive back home together to visit with our families. Chris asked me to be his girlfriend just before Christmas. I had been waiting for this moment for what felt like a lifetime! FINALLY! We have never been more in love and have been inseparable ever since.
Chris and I are two peas in the pod. We share all the same interests, many of the same experiences, and even finish each other's sentences. He is my best friend, my other half, my rock, my comfort, and my world! I have never been so certain about something in my life— with Chris, it was love at first site and it was destined to be a love that will last forever.
Our future together is something that we discuss often. Our goals are to stay together through college and continue to build our relationship with God to ensure that He is the center of our lives and our relationship. We also plan to get engaged, move in together, and eventually get married and travel the world as husband and wife. Right now we continue to work on ways to perfect ourselves so that we can have a perfect relationship with each other by focusing on Ephesians 4:2, " Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love." It is only a matter of time before Chris pops the question! Their love video :) http://youtu.be/YpUoOWo8QSg