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We cut our Europe trip a wee bit shorter than originally scheduled—though three weeks wound up being more than enough time; maybe even too much—to fly back at 5pm today and make it to the 6:30 wedding of two people I adore. Now, let’s just hope Delta cooperates and breaks their streak of canceling or delaying every one of my last eight flights, or I will be gutted.

John and Allison

John is the oldest of us five cousins (and arguably the craziest…in a good way…I think). He’s the one who first proposed Cousins’ Weekend, brought jorts back (the greatest fashion comeback of this century), the one who enforced neon tanks as our family dress code, the one who first met SVV when we were barely dating back in 2005.

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In fact, he was living in Vienna for four years while I was living in Europe, and our first Christmas together, SVV and I took the train to Austria and stayed on his couch. It was an epic Christmas and the only one I’ve ever spent abroad away from my parents.

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On Christmas Eve, he came to retrieve us at the train station in Vienna wearing Carhartt overalls—”Carhartt butts make girls go nuts,” he always said—and a pillow stuffed under his shirt for effect, Billy Bob teeth in his mouth, a Santa hat on his head, and his coarse facial hair molded into a Kaiser Wilhelm cut. “This is my family,” I sighed to SVV. “Better you know now while you still have an escape route.” Here he was then:

Kaiser Wilhelm

Here he is now:

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Not all that different, in retrospect. His beloved mutt Dunn is so clearly saying: “I’M GETTING A MOM! THANKS, DAD!”

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He moved back to Music City in 2007, just before I was getting ready to head West, and he quickly became the Mayor of Nashville. You couldn’t (can’t) go anywhere in town with him without hearing “Hous” (his nickname) shouting across the horizon.

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Particularly at Paradise Park, Nashville’s resident trailer “resort” and his most frequent haunt, his very own Cheers bar if you will.

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Girls were always interested in him—I could never quite figure it out; sorry, John (I kid, I kid)—but he never really gave them the time of day.

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And then he met Allison, two Julys ago on the kickball field, and I never knew my cousin fall for a “fe” (his abbreviation for female) until he met her. But how can you not?

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She’s gorgeous, she’s sweet as pie, she’s got the best Southern accent, she works in special education, and really, there’s not a single thing you could find wrong with this girl.

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And the best part is, she’s wild about him, too.

12South Engagement Shoot in Nashville, Tennessee

He proposed to her in February (on the kickball field, naturally, during a tornado), I shot their engagement photos in March, and they’re getting married tonight, in Nashville, the city that brought them together.

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For all of you single ladies who have been asking for years how you could meet this eligible bachelor, I’m sorry I’m not sorry to say he’s officially off the market.

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And I’m pleased as punch it’s for this girl.

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And to John and Allison, I truly could not be happier for a couple that makes me smile every time I see you. Here’s to decades of happiness, laughing, jorts and brewskies, and dancing, always dancing.

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COMMENTS
  • July 11, 2014

    Super cute. They look like they’re made for each other. And that dog photo could be one of the best photos ever.

  • July 11, 2014

    This is so adorable! Nice pictures by the way! xo

  • July 11, 2014

    What a cute and happy couple!! Love the pictures 🙂

  • July 12, 2014

    Looks like they are meant to be together … hope they have a wonderful life!

  • July 15, 2014

    What a touching tribute and lovely scouting around Nashville!

  • July 18, 2014

    Great photos :)!

  • August 5, 2014

    Commenting on the right blogs is mandatory 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

  • August 6, 2014

    Nice to see.Excellent photography and best of luck for future
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  • August 8, 2014

    Hope you have a wonderful life and a very bright future.You couples were meant to be.

  • August 28, 2014
    kellyspeca

    great pics…. n place is suparb 🙂

  • August 31, 2014

    Great share! Photos look great, I have been to tennessee a few years back LOVE IT. Thank you again for your share.

  • September 5, 2014

    Romantic photos you have here Kristin. Great couple. I love how you spend time together. I always wanted to visit Nashville.

  • September 10, 2014

    Lovely couple. I’m inspired with your love story and that first photo is awesome.

  • June 14, 2015

    Best of luck for future, Love couple stay blessed

  • April 19, 2017

    These photographs really capture the unique essence of this couple’s relationship, and I love that Nashville was the backdrop! Lovely work, thanks for sharing!

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