I love photographing high school sweethearts. Seriously, it is so fun. When you meet and start dating in high school, you truly grow up together and it’s hard to even remember life before spending it with that person you love. You have been through the ups and downs of young adult life and you have both discovered along the way who you are as an adult. The beautiful part is that everyone has to do that but marrying your high school sweet heart means you’ve done it together.
Well, Claire and Ben met in high school and fell for one another quickly. They went to prom together, walked the same hallways, cheered for the same team and made lifelong friends side by side. As circumstances would have it though, they decided to attend separate colleges and so distance became a regular part of their relationship. This is often the breaking point for most high school relationships but for Claire and Ben, it was worth the distance. Even though they didn’t walk the same halls and exactly cheer for the same team, they continued to fall in love and build memories together.
So, when a group of their friends decided to all take a trip to Mexico, Ben began to plan his proposal. On a beautiful beach with a perfect sunset in the background, he took the love of his life, held her hand and got to one knee. Staring at her best friend, it was not a hard decision.
Their wedding day was literally a blast! This couple is the greatest and I loved being part of such a long-awaited day as these two sweethearts finally got to become husband and wife. Their first look was so precious as Ben wrapped his arms around his beautiful bride and the dance party could not have been more fun. It was such a lovely celebration of two people who are wildly in love and the best of friends. Claire and Ben, I can’t tell you how much fun it has been to walk through this last year and capture your love for one another. It is easy to see why you love one another and why so many people love you! I can’t wait to see how your lives together unfold.
Enjoy some of my favs from their wedding day at the beautiful Belo Mansion!