“He came up to me and asked me if I wanted to dance, to which my answer was no. I didn’t like to dance, and if I was going to dance it would be with somebody that remembered me.” It’s college life at a small school. Jamye is a freshman and Nate is a junior. They are both at a party. Jamye had been introduced to Nate prior to this night on many occasions. But Nate could not remember her name. That night at the party things changed. I wasn’t at that party but I know Jamye well enough to know if she was at a party she was dressed for the occasion. Oh and in case you haven’t looked at any of their pictures, Jamye is a looker. So yea, a gorgeous blonde across the room caught his eye. Much to his surprise she sassed him when he asked her to dance. Nate didn’t forget her name after that. A friendship started to grow between them. The girl whose name he initially could not remember he soon could get out of his head. Many late nights talking until the wee hours of the morning around campus, on the phone, long stares during chapel and it was a done deal. About 6 months from that first night Jamye had turned him down to dance, he met her at the airport. She was flying in from a friend’s wedding and Nate was waiting for her at the airport….. with flowers and a question. Will you be my girlfriend? No sass this time. Her answer was Yes. Three years later on New Year’s Eve Jamye said Yes to another question. This one waaaay more serious. Will you marry me?
They have been married now for around four and half years. They are absolutely adorable together. The first time I interacted with them as a married couple I could not help but observe that Nate adored Jamye and was deeply committed to her. I know all married couples are committed to each other. But this was different. This was not out of obligation but out of a genuine love for who she was. I have had the privilege of getting to know Jamye and Nate over the last few months and what I picked up on in that first interaction makes sense to me now. Nate is in sales and the same perseverance, drive and passion that makes him good at what he does also makes him good at his marriage. Once he is committed, he is committed-100%. It is such a beautiful example of what a husbands love should be: persistence born out of love and respect.
Oh and speaking of beautiful, um can you believe these pictures? Can you say photogenic?
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