Morgan and Devin
How We Met
Devin and I met in the fall of 2006 when we started our freshman year of high school together at Blair Oaks. I had my eye on Devin from the first time I saw him in Mrs. Lueckenhoff’s second hour health class. I was too shy to talk to him during school. I came to the realization that dating him in high school was probably not going to happen because I could never gain enough courage to just go talk to him. We would talk here and there when Devin would be the first to start the conversation. Most of those conversations took place on the school bus ride home from school. Talking to Devin would launch me onto cloud nine.
Fast forward to winter of 2012 when we were both juniors in college, a mutual friend told Devin I was interested in him. Devin wasted no time and began texting and calling me. He kept insisting that we hang out together. The two of us hung out for the very first time the day after Christmas in 2012. We spend the day shopping all over town and we watched a movie at his house later that night. I knew after that night that Devin was the most sweet and caring guy I had ever met and I wanted nothing more than to date the guy I had been secretly crushing on for six years. He took me on our first date on January 8, 2013 when I drove to Warrensburg, MO to visit him. At the end of the date, he asked me to be his girlfriend! The rest is history.
How He Asked
My favorite holiday has been Independence Day for as long as I can remember. When I found out that the event coordinators with Salute to America were looking for someone to photograph the entire weekend event, I jumped at the opportunity. I emailed them showing my interest, and I was hired to be the official photographer for the Salute to America event in downtown Jefferson City, Missouri a few days later. I knew there would be a lot of events to cover during the two-day affair, so I quickly recruited Devin to help as my second shooter.
On the morning of the 4th, Devin and I scouted out the perfect location to take firework pictures for the Red, White, and Boom Sky concert that would happen just as the sky faded to dark. I knew the Capital would create the perfect background as fireworks would ignite in the sky over the dome; so we roped off an area at the top of the steps at the Supreme Court building.
Little did I know, Devin had big plans and had already picked the spot out a few days earlier. We invited our family and friends to sit with us in our roped off area because we knew it would be such a good view for the firework show. Another local photographer I second shoot with, Lindsey Pantaleo, was also there. I didn’t think anything of it when I saw her with her camera. I just assumed she wanted to get cool shots of the fireworks as well! About halfway through the sky concert, Devin started tapping me on the shoulder telling me to “come here” I got upset that he was distracting me from taking the photos I had been waiting all day to capture.
He finally convinced me to follow him. He pulled me away from my camera and knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was completely shocked and kept asking him “what are you doing!” I was so caught of guard; it felt like a dream. I of course said “YES!”
Lindsey Pantaleo and her Husband Nick captured the entire special moment on camera and video! My brother Ben put the entire special moment in a video. Feel free to watch the video below that captures the beginning of our “Happily Ever After!”