You know those good old romantic movies that have you laughing, tearing up, and happily satisfied when the couple ends up falling in love? Spending time with Kyle and Taylor is kind of like that…just read 🙂
The first time Kyle saw Taylor started off as just a regular day at work.
He was working on a nearby farm while he attended Alexandria Technical College. That farm just happened to be owned by Taylor’s parents.
On that Fall day, Kyle was sitting in the grain cart waiting to head for the fields. Taylor’s father was driving the combine and, before they could take off, Taylor came bounding down the hill. Kyle watched as she leapt up into the combine and then they headed for the fields. But he wouldn’t quickly forget that blonde-haired beauty (pretty sure they call that a “meet-cute” in the movies).
Taylor, who was busy with school at St. Ben’s, had been hearing way too much about this “Kyle” person that her family seemed to have practically adopted. Not only did he work for them, but he was getting invited to dinner and spending time getting to know the family. Taylor was pretty skeptical to say the least.
Taylor came home over breaks and weekends to visit and she and Kyle began to spend more time together getting to know one another. As their friendship grew, Taylor found herself with a whole mess of feelings…she hoped that Kyle might feel the same but since he worked for her family she knew he would never be able to take the first step.
It was winter now and all around the lakes communities of fish houses had popped up. If you’re familiar with ice fishing then you know that “ice fishing” can mean a wide variety of things. Some actually go fishing, while others don’t even bring fishing supplies…it’s just a place to hang out, play cards, and feel like you’re outside while really enjoying the warmth of a heater.
So Kyle and Taylor headed out to the fish house with pizza in hand to enjoy some time together (it’s like a date but you can pretend it’s not a date because you could just be ice fishing). It had been warming up a bit over the past few days so the ice had a layer of slush over the top. They slogged through in their rain boots and made it out to the fish house where they climbed inside and shut the door behind them.
Kyle went to the heater to give it a light. When he reached into his pockets he realized he had forgotten the matches! So now, instead of a warm and bright hang out, they were just sitting on the ice in the dark.
Rather than abandon their plan, they sat side by side in the dark fish house and opened up the pizza.
While they ate, Taylor was distracted, her thoughts running rampant, her heart beating fast. She wanted to tell Kyle how she felt…but what if he didn’t feel the same? Knowing she would lose her courage if she didn’t say something soon she managed to form words into a sentence. There in the dark with the cold, slushy, water freezing their toes through their boots, she told him that she really liked him..you know, “liked him” liked him.
If he didn’t like her that was okay!
She just needed him to know that she definitely liked him.
After what felt like minutes but was probably just seconds, Kyle reciprocated. He definitely liked her too.
Turns out ice fishing in the dark with no heat can be pretty great!
Now, Taylor is good at figuring things out which means surprising her is difficult. She also happens to love the 4th of July. So here she was, surveying her clothes, trying to figure out what to wear on this cloudy, chilly, 4th of July. She mulled it over with her sister. They both agreed that Kyle would not propose on this day, even though she loved this holiday. She donned a comfy dress and headed out the door. She and Kyle were planning to take a ride around the farm on the gator, something they loved to do.
The wind whipped their hair as they drove while gravel crunched under the tires. Kyle drove up the hill toward the barn and they jumped off the gator. They stood in front of the barn, surveying the farm and reminiscing about how they had fallen in love. Suddenly, Kyle noticed something over to the side of the barn and they walked over to see what it was.
Taylor moved ahead of him and got the first look…there was nothing there.
She turned back toward Kyle, ready to poke fun at him for seeing nothing, but as she turned she had to look down.
This was it, the moment she had been waiting for but least suspecting on this day. As Taylor’s hair blew in the wind, Kyle professed his love for her once again. Then he followed it with that life changing question: “Will you marry me?”.
We first met Kyle and Taylor over a cup of coffee and it felt like we were friends right from the start. They shared their love story with us and as soon as we had heard it we knew we absolutely had to do photos at the farm. We rode around on the gator and got to experience all the different spots that held meaning for these two. The whole session felt like a love story playing out in front of us. From laughter and jokes to swooning romance, we captured it all.
Thank you, Kyle and Taylor, we had such a fantastic time with you two. We are so excited for your wedding at Crooked Willow next year!!
October 5, 2018
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