[iframe id="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UoglruFUb8o" align="center"] For Megin and I's honeymoon we drove down to Vegas. We hit up the Strip and had to stop by the Nike store, oh wait can't forget Megin is obsessed with Pairs so we took numbers of selfies and we already have plans of going to Europe next fall! Seriously can't tell you how much I love being with Megin! She is legit! Can't wait to tell you about the project she is working on, I am so proud of her!
Here is a little preview of the events before and after the wedding! Big thanks to the talented Josh Petersen Photography for taking our pictures on our special day! More to come but dang I am having fun with this little Canon GX7. Stay tuned for some updates on the project Megin is about to release! [iframe id="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eN9V4YJKhxI"]
Calling all married couples young & old... Megin & I were talking tonight and began to wonder what tips/tricks/secrets married couples have. Sure I probably golf and work too much, and there probably isn't one big "secret" to a happy marriage, but we are looking for feedback on the little things that work for you. Which begs the question:
What do you wish someone would have told you when you were about to be married?
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Josh did an amazing job on our engagement photos! It's hard as photographers to trust others enough to take our own. But having Josh was a no brainer. He killed it!
Reality is beginning to set in that we are getting married in less than a month. It is to the point where the stress is beginning to fade and the excitement is beginning to come on strong. All the odds and ends are coming together: cake, flowers, wedding dress, food.
Tyler and I have been to many weddings in the past few months as photographers. We have seen it all - traditional brides, simple brides, bridezillas... But all the weddings shared common traits and those became the norm. I caught myself just going through the motions of a wedding. While I still love seeing the happiness and emotions of the day, I am ashamed to say that weddings were becoming less meaningful to me.
I had an experience last weekend while wedding dress shopping that really hit home. I had tried on many dresses and finally put on the dress of my dreams. It was beautiful and I absolutely fell in love with it on the spot. My grandma told me to smile for a picture, but before I could, my future mother-in-law grabbed the bottom of the dress and fluffed the train out on the floor for the picture. Without even realizing it, this made me very emotional.
I have fluffed so many brides trains for pictures. Whether it was for bridal pictures or on the wedding day, I always made sure the brides dress was perfectly spread on the ground to make for a gorgeous picture. I couldn't believe someone was fluffing my dress now. It was the first time I felt like a real bride rather than going through the motions.
Overall, the meaning of a wedding is so much more than flowers, cake, and centerpieces. The meaning of a wedding is getting to be with the one you love forever. In our case, sealed for time and all eternity. I cannot wait to be Mrs. Shearer in 30 days and everyday after that forever.
Read more about being sealed for eternity here.
I'M GOING TO BE MRS. SHEARER! It's about time, right??
Let me start at the beginning, we have known we were going to get married for a while now... We had been planning the wedding for months now.. So I was somewhat expecting a proposal sooner or later.
It all started with Tyler sharing more information than he probably should have about ordering a ring for me. I knew he custom made it, and I knew that he send pictures to everyone showing them what it looks like.. It doesn't help that I read all his emails and texts on his computer so I had already seen it.. Not too sneaky there Ty...
Anyways, I knew it was coming. I got suspicious when he was golfing and I was at my apartment, he called me and said I needed to go out to the house and sign for a package. He said it was very expensive camera equipment and the I couldn't open it whatever I do. Not obvious at all, right? I knew exactly what was in the package.
So Tyler finished his round of golf and my OCD went crazy and I started cleaning the house like a madwoman.. The anxiety was so real..
I wondered when he was gonna actually propose. If he was gonna do it right away ,or if he was gonna wait or if he had a plan at all. I wasn't expecting anything, so we went about our day like normal. We had a family session that night and everything went as usual. When we got in the car after shooting the family, Tyler was acting so weird. He was all over the place, like some serious ADD. He had the attention span of a squirrel and he kept saying, "We look SOO good today. Let's go take some pics together."
I knew exactly what was happening and I thought to myself, "These are the last few hours I'll be single!!!" Excitement and nervousness is an understatement.
So we went for a drive out to a place we had seen before near Kelly Canyon. There was a little trail leading up a mountain that we had seen before and decided to trek up it. We grabbed the camera equipment and Tyler grabbed two tripods. I was confused - we on earth would we need two tripods?? Ohhhh. I see where this is going.
We hiked up to the most GORGEOUS lookout over the valley. The sun was setting, the view was amazing, it was actually really romantic. While Tyler was setting up the camera to "take a photo", I was enjoying the view and thinking about what was about to happen to me. Tyler walked up to me after rigging up all the cameras, and I could tell he was nervous. I was too. He said, "Do you know how much I love you?" and some other very sweet things that I can't remember because I was super flustered and my mind was all over the place. Thankfully, the whole thing is on video so I will be able to remember forever.
When he got down on one knee, the tears started flowing immediately. Not just a single tear, we're talking like full on sobs. Like I couldn't even speak because I was sobbing so hard. I heard him say "will you marry me?", but I was so flustered that I didn't say a word. He asked again, "Megin, will you marry me?" and I nodded yes and he slipped the most beautiful and perfect ring I had ever seen onto my finger. I kept saying, "Are you kidding me?! Are you kidding me right now?!" In between all the sobs. I couldn't stop hugging and kissing him and thinking - this is my husband! My feelings had never been stronger than they were at that moment.
Anyways, we celebrated with Texas Roadhouse and making a million phone calls. We already knew our date because we had been planning for months, it was just so crazy that it was actually for reals now!
I couldn't have imagined a more perfect proposal or a more perfect fiancé, and I cannot wait to be Mrs. Shearer!
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Five days is never enough time with the one you love most. Tyler bought a ticket to Alaska before we were even dating - I thought he was crazy. After months of long FaceTime and phone calls, I was finally able to see him again.
We adventured, we napped, we watched basketball, we rode four-wheelers, we played games with my family, we took photos, we laughed, we lost $3,000 worth of camera equipment, we had deep late-night conversations, and more importantly, we fell in love.
Even though the days went by too fast, we had the time of our lives. I was reassured that Tyler made the best adventure buddy and the we are the dream team. I am so thankful for Tyler and his leap of faith buying a ticket to visit. I can't wait to see him in April!