“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:12. This Bible verse spoke to me as I reflected on Ashley and Tommy’s engagement session that was centered on God and their love for each other. The National resonates with them for a multitude of reasons. They both have special memories individually of experiencing God’s love for them in that building. It’s also the very place that they met.
Let All That You Do Be Done In Love
It all started 4.5 years ago at Chapel’s Downtown location at the National. Ashley was shy and her friends pushed her to meet five new people during meet and greet. That’s when she met Tommy. He invited her to his birthday party, and from then on they cultivated a relationship deeply rooted in faith and love.
Ashley and Tommy found a perfect match in each other. They complement and accept each other’s quirky and unique personalities. According to Ashley, Tommy encourages her to face her fears and conquer them. Tommy admires the way Ashley listens to him and encourages him to follow his passions. She even encouraged him to apply for a job that was out of state without any hesitation. Having unconditional trust in God and each other is a pillar for an everlasting marriage.
Faith, Hope, and Love
When it was time for Tommy to take their relationship to the next level, he enlisted Ashley’s friends to help with his proposal. Tommy planned an elaborate surprise engagement at the VMFA with the help of Ashley’s friends and coworkers during Fourth of July Fireworks. It was a spectacular and explosive proposal, and of course, she said yes!
No Longer Two But One
In 2020, the two will become one. Ashley and Tommy have been long distance for almost 3.5 years. Every distance traveled and heartfelt goodbye is becoming harder and harder. They are most looking forward to waking up with each other underneath the same roof. Enjoy some of my favorite images from their meaningful engagement shoot at The National! Looking forward to their wedding day next year as we celebrate their perfect unity.