JONATHAN + HEATHER | Southern Illinois Engagement Photography
Esther Bloom Engagement Photography
"When you meet the right person, you know it. You can’t stop thinking about them. They are your best friend and your soulmate. You can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with them. No one and nothing else can compare." | Klaus
When Heather told me she was bringing a yellow umbrella like in How I Met Your Mother I have to admit I didn't exactly know what that meant. It is now my go to on Netflix & I will have to see what it is all about. I do love the story about the umbrella though & we were excited to use it in their session. I asked Heather to please share their story of how they met as it was too sweet & I thought it needed to be shared especially with this theme. Please leave them some love in the comments below!
“Hey cuz, you single?” That was the text that my cousin, Kyler, sent me on October 11, 2014. Had I known then that this simple text would forever change my life, the text that I sent in response probably would not have been, “ew. what?!? why?” I hadn’t talked to Kyler in a while, and being that we lived 350 miles away from one another, I had no idea why he would be asking if I was single. Although the answer was yes, I didn’t have much interest in meeting anyone new. My attitude didn’t deter Kyler, however, who insisted that he knew the perfect guy for me, and that I should give his friend a shot.
I didn’t believe that Kyler had any idea of the kind of guy that I would be interested in, so I asked a few questions. How old was he? Was he a Christian? Did he play any instruments? What did he do for a living? The man that Kyler described to me, while he seemed nice, just did not sound like he was my type. So, when Kyler asked if he could give my phone number to his friend, I said no. I wasn’t sure that we would have much in common, and I didn’t trust Kyler’s judgement on who would be a good match for me, not to mention the distance.
Despite saying no, later that day, I got a text from a number with an 812-area-code saying, “Hey, this is Jonathan :)” Based on the area code, I assumed that this was the friend that Kyler had told me about. Although I was irritated that Kyler had given him my phone number, I knew that I couldn’t blame Jonathan, so I texted him back, and also sent Kyler a joking text about giving my phone number to strangers. “You’ll thank me one day, when you find out that I’m the best matchmaker ever,” was the text that he sent back.
Jonathan and I asked each other the basic “getting to know you” questions, and exchanged pictures. He was cute, really cute. He asked if he could call me the next day, and I told him that the best times to talk was when I was on my way to or home from work. The first time he called, he was very quiet, which made for a few uncomfortable silences, and left us both feeling a bit awkward. When I got home that night, I told my mom about what Kyler had done, and like any mom would be, she was a little worried about me talking to someone that I had never met. She asked what his last name was, and many of the same questions that I had initially asked about him. When I told her his last name, she asked who his parents were. I thought it was an odd question, but went ahead and asked him anyway. As it turned out, our moms had been very good friends many years ago and had lost touch when we moved from Indiana to Wisconsin. Knowing who his parents were eased some of my mom’s concerns about us talking to one another.
We continued to text, and the next time he called, our conversation was a little more entertaining, as both of us became more comfortable with one another. At first, we would text sporadically throughout the day, and would call one another once or twice a week. This soon turned into texting each other every time we had a chance, and daily calls on our way too and home from work. Sometimes when he called, he would have me laughing so hard that I would have to pull my car over and recover before I could continue driving. This went on for almost a month, until we finally decided that it was time to meet.
Since I lived in Wisconsin and Jonathan lived in Indiana, Indianapolis seemed like it would be a good halfway point for us to meet. We both love football, I am a Colts fan, and he is a Patriots fan (there had to be something, right?), so Jonathan suggested that we go to a Colts game with his friends for our first date. I couldn’t have been happier about this idea, since I had never been to a Colts game before. The game started at noon, so we thought it would be best to meet the night before and stay in a hotel for the evening, instead of driving in the morning.
When I got there, Jonathan and his friends were already waiting in the lobby. I think my heart stopped when I first saw him, pictures had not prepared me for the man that stood before me. The rest of the weekend was amazing. After we went to dinner, he and I stayed up until 3:00 am, just talking and laughing. I don’t think I had ever laughed as much as I did that night. The game the next day was a blast, and has become a yearly tradition for us. When we said good-bye that night, we hugged and promised to do something together again soon. Another month went by, and we continued to text and talk, but we both still had reservations about a long-distance relationship, even though we were starting to fall for one another.
On January 4th, 2015, Jonathan called me. I had no idea that when I answered the phone, my life would, once again, be completely changed. I could hear the tears in Jonathan’s voice as he struggled to tell me that Kyler had passed away suddenly the night before. The words hit me like a ton of bricks, it was the last thing I expected to hear. The next week was a blur and was difficult for both of us. Kyler was Jonathan’s best friend, and I had always joked that he was my favorite cousin, and the fact that he had introduced us made losing him even harder.
A few days after the funeral, Jonathan asked me to be his girlfriend, and I said yes. Having been there for one another through one of the most difficult times in either of our lives had shown us just how right Kyler had been about us being perfect for each other. Even though we lived so far apart, we were determined that if we could make it through that week, then distance wouldn’t be the thing that kept us apart.
It’s been more than two years since we started dating, and now our wedding is only four months away. I am certain that Kyler is looking down on us, saying that he told me so, and that he was the best matchmaker ever. And I would have to agree with him.
This couple is not only adorable but they KNOW their style & I love it. I love finding out peoples quirks & what makes them giddy. J + H have so many exciting details planned for their wedding & I will give you a hint...its all over her dress! & lets all just take a minute to appreciate her long amazing hair....I know right!?!
"Shouldn't we hold out for the person who doesn't just tolerate our little quirks but actually kinda likes them?" - Ted Mosby
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