"After we got ready for today we realized we both had put on the watches we gave each other for our first Christmas together!"
These two. Oh my gosh. I absolutely love Macy and John's dynamic. If every couple were as kind and honest to the other as them, there would be SO many more smiles in the world.
Let's talk realness for a moment. When it comes to engagement sessions, the guys aren't typically the ones planning for weeks and showing up all giddy and glowing. However, they tend to enjoy themselves once they realize it's not as excruciating as they expected and actually, *gasp*, a little fun. This session was on a cloudy, nearly foggy, chilly day at Jacobson Park, not necessarily a day you'd want to be outside lounging on a blanket trying to look all relaxed. When Macy, halfway through the session, turned to John and told him how much she appreciated that he was there and that he was doing a wonderful job, I couldn't help but think that they've got this relationship thing figured out. And that's not an easy feat. It's no secret that healthy relationships take a lot of work. John knew how important this session was to her and was therefore willing to do whatever it took to produce amazing photos and Macy recognized that.
Then, when I asked about the right-hand ring she was wearing, Macy told me that it was also a gift from John. Laughing she exclaimed 'recieving gifts is definitely one of my love languages!'
See what I mean? This relationship has amazing foundations because they understand what it takes, are clearly making the effort to learn the fundamentals of communication, and their wedding is still four months away! I have no doubt at all that it's only going to get better with time for Macy and John.
Also... about that ring.... that's a funny story.
The ring is in the shape of a horseshoe. She pointed out that it also kind of looked like a U, for Usher. Now, I work with quite a few couples, on top of students and anyone I meet teaching, so I have to learn a lot of names. Admittedly, I'm generally pretty happy if I can keep track of first names. Usually my correspondence is with the bride-to-be so that tends to be the last name I associate with a couple, mostly just from the repetition of emails and texts.
Of course I completely forgot that John's last name is Usher. When Macy said the U was for Usher I must have had the most puzzled look on my face and when we both burst out laughing I realized which Usher. No, she doesn't wear a ring for the R&B singer... but now everytime I look at these photos and see the horseshoe ring I can't help but giggle!
I don't doubt that their August wedding is going to be special. If their family and friends are anything like Macy and John, it's going to be incredibly genuine and fun. And most importantly, I bet these two are really going to be present in a way that not everyone is on what is often a hectic day. They're going to make a point to check in on each other, steal quiet moments to celebrate together, and truly enjoy the entire day, and what it stands for, from beginning to end.
And that's how it should be ❤️