When I saw this session from Jeffrey C Gleason Photography, I knew that it had to be on the blog. I adored the colors… they are so happy and vibrant! I adore Jeffrey’s style. Also, it was fun to get a little insight into Valerie and Justin’s relationship and upcoming marriage, so enjoy what they had to say along with the beautiful photos themselves.
Here are some words from Justin’s point of view:
Valerie and I met at Kid Shelleen’s, a popular restaurant and saloon in Wilmington, DE. Valerie was living in Wilmington, and was there with her girlfriend Laura. I was there because it was a Thursday night (Ladies Night), and the Lakers were playing in the NBA Championship.
For most of the game, I was tactically positioned in an area where I was close to the bar, and close to a big-screen TV. Valerie caught my eye earlier in the evening, but I waited until after the Lakers won to strike up a conversation. Luckily, she was still there, so I bought them a round of beers and asked where they were from. Valerie told me she was from Las Vegas, but after advising her that I used to hang out in Vegas during my years as a SoCal resident, Valerie backtracked and admitted that she was a local.
A few nights later, I invited her back to Kid Sheleen’s to hang out with me and a few co-workers. To my surprise she agreed, and the rest is history!
I don’t believe we were “meant” to be together; it is something we really worked at (I asked them about how they knew they were meant to be together to clarify!). We both have pretty demanding jobs (along with the living 100+ miles apart), so we had to make an effort to have a successful relationship. For me, it was the Labor Day weekend of 2010, when I was able to get several days off work, and we spent the holiday hanging out in Wilmington, Bethany Beach, and going to a Virginia Tech football game with my family. It was after that weekend that I first realized I could spend the rest of my life with this awesome girl.
Our wedding is on June 30th at Lazy Days winery in Amherst, VA. I want our wedding to be a fun, laid-back party with the most important people in our lives. Along with an awesome family, I have made some great friends during my time in Indiana, California, and with the Secret Service. Marrying Valerie at a beautiful venue will be a very memorable experience, and sharing this special moment with family and friends makes it perfect.
Now get ready to hear Valerie’s point of view:
After reading Justin’s answers, I might tell the ‘how we met story’ a bit different but all in all he got it right.
I also agree that we do work at our relationship. Communication is important, especially when you are living in different states. After three years together we really have learned how to balance each other and respect each others’ needs. I feel like Justin is my perfect partner in life, and I look forward to what the future brings us. After thinking long and hard, I can’t think of a moment when I knew Justin was the one. However, as I look back on our courtship and the memories we’ve made together, I cannot remember a time where I didn’t feel like he was someone extremely special. It’s almost like he’s always been there providing love and support. I’m a lucky girl to have him by my side.
Regarding the engagement pictures venue, the Shenandoah Valley is where Justin’s maternal side of the family hail from. His grandmother and many family members still live there and we happened to be spending Easter weekend visiting. Jeff, our photographer, was also familiar with the area and found a beautiful field full of yellow flowers with Mt. Jackson in the background to capture some wonderful moments.
Ok, now it’s time to enjoy more of their beautiful engagement photos…
Thank you again, Jeffrey, for sharing these with us. If you want to check out more of his work, just click here to head over to the website of Jeffrey C Gleason Photography. To Valerie and Justin… I wish you all of the best for your June wedding!