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Joe and Mariana escape the cold weather in Kentucky, visited us, and got their anniversary photos done while enjoying the weather in FL before they went to Disneyworld in Orlando for one week!
from Mariana & Joe
Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal!
We met in 2013 through a mutual friend. We became friends but didn’t really start hanging out until December’s 2015. We began dating shortly after and were engaged on July 8, 2016. I knew Joe was proposing soon, as we had talked about marriage extensively, but I had no idea when he would do it. We had a nice dinner planned, but I wasn’t expecting anything. At the end of our dinner Joe stood up and started reaching for his pocket and pulled out a ring, and I was in shock!
What has brought you closer this year?
Last year I was stuck in a job that I wasn’t passionate about, and Joe supported me through the entire thing. He was my cheerleader when I began searching fo a job that I could actually make my career. It was stressful during that time, but I had Joe with me every step of the way which made things easier, and also brought us closer together. And when I finally got a great job, we were both able to celebrate that.
What is your favorite memory of this years together?
One of our favorite memories is of our honeymoon. We traveled to California and drove down the coast, which was incredible. It was amazing being newly married and being able to take a great trip together.
What do you like best about being married?
Being able to come home to my best friend every night by far!
For you, what are the most important elements for a successful marriage?
My grandparents’ advice to us at our wedding was to always put Jesus first, and I think that’s the most important element of a successful marriage. Along with that, truly listening to each other and putting them first is important.
What advice can you give to newlyweds?
Soak in all the firsts together, even the little moments!
What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for the session?
Just relax and enjoy each other’s presence, as it’ll make your pictures look that much more natural!
Happy Anniversary Mariana & Joe! Congratulations on your first year spent together as husband and wife. May your life continue to be filled with love, respect, and happiness!