” We always say that it wasn’t exactly a fairy tale when people ask how we met. I knew Zach for a while before we started dating. He was a mutual friend and would sometimes go out to eat with all of us as a group or sometimes I’d see him around at a rodeo or something like that. We stayed friends for a long time just seeing each other around every once in a while. Zach made it very clear to everyone that he had a crush on me but I never really took it seriously. I always thought he just thinks I’m pretty and funny but he doesn’t really know the real me that well. I didn’t take it seriously because I thought he just liked the physical parts of me not the real me. Zach knew that I was in a relationship with someone else and he never tried to text me or date me or anything like that. It was just something we all laughed and joked about but I never thought Zach and I would ever be anything more than friends. “
” I was always so busy with working full-time and going to school full-time that I honestly didn’t have time to do anything other than eat, sleep, work, go to school, and repeat. Then I went through a pretty rough time in my life which resulted in me having to take a small break from school. During that break I had a lot of time to reflect on myself and to reflect on how my life was going. During that time I realized just how un-happy I was with my current situation. I guess I was just too busy to see it before. I started to realize my worth and started to realize that I deserved to have everything that I wanted. Honestly one day it hit me that my happiness mattered and the only way I was going to be happy was to make a big life change. So that’s exactly what I did. For once in my life, I put myself first and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. ”
” When I finally allowed Zach into my life I was a pretty big mess. I was pretty broken down, I didn’t believe in myself, and I felt pretty inadequate like I was never good enough. If you want me to be honest though all that was nobody’s fault but my own. It was my own fault for ALLOWING myself to feel that way. It’s not anything I will ever allow to happen again. All this is pretty sad and not very exciting but I’m getting to all the exciting stuff soon, I promise!!! I don’t like to think about that part of my life because it was a very hard time for me.”
” Okay, now here is the good stuff!!! “
” One day I just came out and asked Zach why he liked me. I remember asking him….”Why do you even like me? What if I’m this crazy person? You may think I’m pretty but I may not even be who you think I am!”
I don’t remember his exact words but it was something kind of like this…. “Well of course I think your beautiful and a very hard worker. I have a lot of respect for you because you’re such a hard worker. I can tell you are a very kind hearted person as well.”
I then told him. “You left out the crazy part….what if I’m like a psychopath or something?”
He then told me “I don’t think you are but if you are crazy I can deal with crazy. I’m pretty crazy myself!”
We left the conversation there for a day or so. I remembered thinking to myself he probably wouldn’t even like me when he got to really know me. Honestly I didn’t think that anything between Zach and I would ever work out because he lived so far away. I figured we would just be friends still. I decided what’s the worst that could happen and I decided let him take me on a date.”
” Our first date was to the movies to see The longest ride with two of our good friends. I had so much fun that night. Seriously all of my worries left me the whole time we hung out and I laughed more than I had in a long time. A few weeks later I finally let myself see Zach as more than a friend. I fought it for as long as I could. I was just so afraid to fall in love and get my heart broken. I finally told myself ‘what is there to lose?’ If it does end up going south you’ve already had your heart broken into a million, tiny different pieces so you’ll be okay. I finally opened myself up to him and I honestly wish I would’ve allowed Zach into my life much, much sooner than I did!
I remember the first time we kissed, it was one of those earth shattering, groundbreaking, fairy tale kisses they show you in movies. All my life I believed that kind of stuff wasn’t real, that it only happened in movies.”
” The whole time I’ve been with Zach he has opened my eyes to so much. I no longer question my worth, I know my worth. I never feel inadequate, ever. He makes me feel like I’m the most beautiful woman in the world. He treats me with so much respect and he treats me like a princess. He puts me first and I put him first. That’s the way things are supposed to be. I don’t know what I would’ve done if he hadn’t have come into my life, but I’m so glad he decided he wanted to spend forever with me. I’m so blessed and grateful he decided he wanted to start a life with me, to eventually start a family with me, and to build his future with me. It didn’t take me very long to decide that I had to have him in my life forever. We laugh constantly and we aggravate each other constantly. We don’t ever argue, that’s the best part. Yes we have disagreements and pick on each other but our disagreements always end in us laughing about something. We have respect for one another. I have always been a very independent person. I always thought that I could do everything by myself, that I didn’t necessarily “need” anyone. I know Zach will take care of me if it ever came down to that. He is such an incredible, selfless person. The comfort of knowing you always have someone on your team is an incredible feeling. This ended up being way longer than I expected but I couldn’t fit everything into a small paragraph.”
” The last thing I want everyone to know is that the love of your life is out there. Your best friend and life partner is out there. Your happiness is out there!!!! Don’t ever settle for ordinary love when there is an extraordinary love out there waiting for you!!!” – Danielle McCullar
Danielle and Zach are my bride and groom for June of next year! These two chose this location for their engagement session all the way at Southern Psalms Barn in Snead, AL. Thanks to their best friends ( my former bride and groom) being present to keep them laughing, it was a very fun session! It was my first time to shoot at a Cotton field and it couldn’t have been more perfect!
Thank you Danielle and Zach for choosing me to capture your engagement! Also thank you Danielle for being raw, and sharing your love story! You are both such a gorgeous couple and I can’t wait to capture your Wedding day!
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