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Historic St. Augustine Engagement Session: Dustin & Daniel

Christy Whitehead Photography

April 12, 2015

Dustin and Dan met at Bistro AIX in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Dan was a waiter there and Dustin fell in love with him instantly. Dan was a great waiter, but he was SO shy. Nevertheless, Dustin was hooked.

Dustin proposed to Dan. They had only dated for four months, and he was very nervous. He spent weeks debating whether it was right or not. He was about to go on a seven-month deployment and wasn’t sure how Dan would react. He talked to his mom and friends and they all said the same thing: “If it’s right, you know. Go for it.” His best friend, James, confirmed, with, “You’ve found your forever. I know it. I know you.”

Christy Whitehead Photography
Dustin bought tickets to the Hunter Hayes concert in Jacksonville, Florida on December 5, 2014, and he bought a ring. He was so nervous the entire night. He waited for the right moment to come along, which happened at the end of the concert when “Wanted” came on. He slipped the ring out of his pocket, took Dan’s hand, and leaned into him, asking him to marry me. Dan said, “yes” just as the song was finishing and the confetti started popping out. It was like it was planned just for them.
Christy Whitehead Photography
Christy Whitehead Photography
It took photographer, Christy, and Dustin a lot of effort to help Dan loosen up and enjoy the engagement session. They really enjoyed the St. Augustine area that they chose for the historic culture and beautiful setting. The final picture of the night was the blue umbrella and Dan holding up his ring as the rain fell down in the background. It turned out great and is one of their favorites.
Christy Whitehead Photography
Christy Whitehead Photography
The atmosphere was what they enjoyed most about the photo session. Christy called most of the shots, but asked for Dustin and Dan’s opinions. They would recommend that other couples relax and have fun with their sessions. Remember that you are capturing your love for each other. And if it rains, don’t worry about it! “Sometimes rainy days bring rainbows!”
Christy Whitehead Photography
Dustin and Dan have had some challenges planning their wedding, primarily due to the number of military schedules that need to be coordinated to make it happen. After a heart-wrenching false start that led to postponing their original wedding, they have scaled their event down and are now focused on an intimate celebration of their love – and an incredible honeymoon!
Christy Whitehead Photography
Christy Whitehead Photography
Christy Whitehead Photography
Christy Whitehead Photography
The best advice Dustin and Dan can give other couples is that the wedding is “all about YOU TWO. Nobody else. Don’t lose sight of that as you are planning. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the extravagance and to want everything to be perfect, but at the end of the day it’s just a step along your journey together.”

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Photographer: Christy Whitehead Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

S. Walker is a freelance writer for GayWeddings.com.

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