Taylor and Austin's love story first began during freshman orientation at Southeastern Louisiana University. The first time Austin spoke Taylor couldn't help but turn around to "match the voice with a face." It was as if through his voice Austin's heart was singing a song that only Taylor's heart could hear. It wouldn't be long after their introduction that Austin would begin to feel the same, and from that point on their relationship would fully blossom into a forever-enduring love...
Read all about Taylor & Austin's love story, romantic surprise proposal, and wedding aspirations in their college sweetheart engagement session - featuring the photography of Shagari Jackson of Mosaic by MG.
Bride & Groom: Taylor & Austin
Occupations: Clinical Assistant & Subcontractor Supervisor
Wedding location: Elegant Affairs in Gonzales, La
Location of Engagement shoot: LSU Rural Museum in Baton Rouge, La
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. On July 18, 2012, Austin and I both attended freshman orientation at Southeastern Louisiana University. After checking in on the first day, our group was dismissed to one of the conference rooms in the student union. The room was furnished with one of those long meeting tables (which is where I sat) and chairs lined along the wall (which is where Austin sat). I first noticed him when the orientation leader asked him to be the first person to introduce himself to the group. As he began to speak, his voice caught me by surprise! I immediately turned around to match the voice with a face. He happened to be sitting next to one of my middle school friends. I gave her one of those "girl, who is that...he's kinda cute" smirks. Shortly after, it was time for lunch. That's when I knew I had to make my move before it was too late! I purposely walked slow so that I could introduce myself. When we finally made it to the cafe, we somehow ended up sitting at the same table, but I didn't take the opportunity. After lunch we were given an afternoon break, which was my second chance to "go with the move." I told Austin that I would need help getting back to the conference room and that we needed to exchange numbers. The next day came and it was time to go home. Austin helped me get my things to the car and told me that we should keep in touch. I honestly did not think that we would, but to my surprise he texted me to make sure I'd made it home safely. From that day forward, as the saying goes, "the rest was history."
Austin and I got engaged on St Patrick's day. The plan for the night was to go skating and then go to dinner. So Austin texted me and said that he was outside, which usually he comes inside before we go anywhere. Though it was different from the usual, I go with it. When I walked outside, Austin stood in the driveway waiting for me with the biggest smile. I walked closer and he handed me a dozen of roses and a card. As I opened the envelope to find the card posing the question "will you marry me," I could see Austin getting down on one knee. I could not believe that the moment was here and immediately went into a shock of laughter. After finally getting all of the giggles out, I answered with a yes!
Describe your engagement session. Our engagement session with Shagari could not have been more perfect. I sent him our outfit choices and left everything else up to him. The day of our session, Shagari texted me the location of where to meet him. When we arrived, the set up was everything and more! For the first outfit choice, the theme was somewhat of a southern picnic look. The second outfit was more of an evening stroll look. The objective of the third outfit was to depict a "college sweetheart" look. The overall setup for the shoot was very detailed down to the props, which we can credit Shagari for. One of the books used as a prop was titled "The war of amazing love," which just says how much thought went into the planning of the photoshoot by our photographer.
What did you do on your first date? Our first date was simple, but sweet. Austin picked me up from my dorm room and took me to a dinner at a hibachi restaurant. We were both nervous, but excited at the same time. After dinner, we sat in the parking lot talking for a while and just smiling at each other for the most part.
What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? Both Austin and I work a lot, so our favorite thing to do as a couple is to go to the movies and just enjoy each other's company .
How has wedding planning been so far? We both enjoy a challenge and this by far has been just that, being that we are planning a wedding in a five month time span!
Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day.
Taylor - For me as a bride, the moment I am looking forward to the most is Austin's reaction when coming down the aisle.
Austin - As the groom, I am looking forward to finally saying "I do" to the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with.
Photography - Mosaic by MG photography