I know this story a bit better than most, because I was able to watch it from the beginning. The very first time I met Danielle she was visiting the college as a prospective runner for our team, and while she gave me the impression that she wasn’t that impressed, she joined us the next year as a freshman. I think Danielle can give a lot of people the same feeling, because she has discerning taste and plays her cards close. So, for Austin to win her heart was no small feat.
It was during marathon training, as Danielle was getting ready for her final track season that she and Austin started running together. She had finished second at the national meet the year before and had her sights on winning – which she ended up doing in a time of 2:48. Austin was new to the marathon, and while I haven’t confirmed if his interests coincided or not – he was able to pursue both the marathon and Danielle at the same time. The runs began, and they got to know each other over long runs and bus rides with the team. If there is one thing I can say about relationships, friendship is at the center. Whether that happens before you fall in love or at the same time doesn’t matter as much as the fact that it happens, and you arrive at a place where you can be your more real and honest self with the other person.
In the year that followed graduating and Danielle and Austin pursued that friendship more. A year of long distance and being there through thick and thin finally led Austin to Danielle’s doorstep one freezing cold and rainy night to propose. I love engagement stories, and having a rainy one of my own, I appreciate those less than perfect moments when true love shines through. I couldn’t be more thrilled for Danielle and Austin and look forward to not only their wedding next spring, but seeing their marriage grow in the years to come.
We captured some engagement photos in the Houghton woods and the surrounding area only a cold but lovely day. They are a special place to a lot of people and I loved the chance to shoot here. I convinced Danielle that buying around 100 candles and setting up a lean-to with a romantic scene would be the perfect way to end the night, and I’m so glad she agreed to my crazy idea. You can see those images at the bottom of this post, and feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Oh, yes. There’s Daphne eating a banana. She came with Matt and Austin to help set up the lean-to and loved playing in the woods and sitting by the fire. It’s fitting because she’s going to be the flower girl for Danielle + Austin. Is it weird that I felt some sort of accomplishment when they asked her to be in the wedding? probably. I’ll have to practice being at the front taking pictures and coaxing her down the aisle… but I think she’ll do great. back to Danielle + Austin
A romantic candlelight scene in the woods would not have been pulled off without the help of my husband – so thanks again Matt for being there for me! Danielle and Austin, we are all so thrilled for you. Congratulations.