When something is right, sometimes you just know. And Blake and Kaitlyn knew pretty quickly that they had found something really special. They met when they were in high school, in a Tech Ed. class. And at 15, they started a friendship that would grow into their beautiful love story.
Now, more than six years after their first date, Blake and Kaitlyn are engaged! And it is easy to see from their engagement photos that they haven’t lost the spark they started as kids. During their rustic engagement session with Love to the Core Photography, Kaitlyn was all smiles and Blake couldn’t help but look at her.
What were you thinking or feeling when you caught sight of each other for the first time?
I was playing field hockey and Blake was in the stands watching his girlfriend at the time. He had really swoopy, long hair (ya know the kind that 14-year-old girls go crazy for), and I remember thinking that he was extremely good lookin’!
What are some of the most memorable moments in your love story?
Most people like to hear our moments where we knew the other was “the one.” But for me, I have always described it as a collection of moments where I am observing Kaitlyn rather than just looking at her, and slowly I think that I am going to marry that girl and spend the rest of my life with her. This always brings a smile to my face, which Kaitlyn then notices and asks “what?” I always reply with a simple “nothing,” and we move on with our day.
What is next for you in your relationship?
Get married and live happily forever and always! In all seriousness, we plan on having a place to live together soon and as I always put it, “we’re going with the flow.” We both want to spend time while were young traveling, exploring the world, and discovering ourselves as we continue to grow into adults. I think part of what makes our connection so strong is that we started dating as children and have lived and learned as we became young adults. Throughout this journey, we have given each other the space to grow into our own unique personalities, while sharing experiences that bring us closer together. It’s easy to know we will always be there for one another, when the majority of our memories are ones we shared together.
Tell us about the proposal!
Blake and I were in our senior year of college and had just celebrated our 6-year anniversary. Blake wanted to take me out, but he wouldn’t tell me where. He picked me up and said there was a change of plans and that he was taking me to one of my favorite places instead (where I also work), Black Ankle Vineyards. I was pumped, because we rarely get to just go there together and relax. We grabbed a bottle of wine, some food, and sat outside. It was such a beautiful day in November that Blake mentioned we should walk around the vineyard. As we are walking, he started going off the path and behind a building where I’d never been before. Blake played it off as if he was just exploring, but then my 85-pound dog, Gunner, walked out in front of us wearing a tuxedo and a pouch around his neck. Then I realized what was happening. When Gunner was close, Blake knelt down to pet him and retrieved a ring box from the pouch. Blake took my hand, got down on one knee, opened the box, which held the most gorgeous ring I’ve ever seen, and asked me to be his wife. It was one of the happiest days of my life. Afterward, we could not stop smiling, embracing one another, and I could not stop staring at my ring and holding it out for everyone to see!
What is your best relationship advice for other couples?
You’ve heard it before, but the key to any relationship is trust and communication. At the beginning of a relationship, it’s important to build trust. It is simple, if you are going to share everything in your life with a person, you have to trust them. Communication is a very close second. An overwhelming majority of our little tiffs are due to a miscommunication. Then the only way to resolve any issue is to communicate. Both of us are culprits of wallowing in our annoyance and giving silent treatments, but the other is always very persistent and pesters the quiet one to spit out their feelings and resolve the issue quickly.
What is the one thing you love most about your partner?
Kaitlyn: I love Blake’s personality. He’s not only super silly, intelligent, passionate, and kind, he’s also patient and is willing to explore new things. Blake has taught me how to be the best me, always pushing me to new heights and keeping me calm. He’s my person. I love how he is willing to try new things with me and is always up to do something if I suggest it. He may not love going to concerts, but he loves seeing the smile on my face as I’m singing along to my favorite song, so he goes with me just to see that. I love how he gets in his zone when he talks about some science thing, or something he heard on a podcast. He’ll become super absorbed and passionate in that topic and tell me everything about it, even though he knows I know nothing about it. He’s extremely silly and I feel like I’m a kid again when I’m with him. I could go on and on, and obviously I didn’t answer the question correctly, but it was too hard to choose just one thing. He’s my best friend and the times we share together are the absolute best.
Blake: I love Kaitlyn’s pure happiness. She is always smiling and brings the most positive attitude to all that she does. I am not the most expressive person, so her passionate personality brings an excitement to my life. She is also always looking for an adventure, which pushes me to do things outside of my comfort zone, but always results in a fun, unique experience that I wouldn’t want to share with anyone else. She is truly my best friend and the time we spend as just us are the best times of my life.