Bethany & Will’s Engagement Session (With Beer!!)

Bethany never knew one of her high school sophomores would become the love of her life. How ironic is it that two people who grew up in a small town, graduated from a small high school, knew each other most of their teenage lives but never really hung out could find each other as adults and fall madly in love?

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Their story began in 2013… four years after Will had graduated high school. By this time, they were both college rivals graduates. They had a chance meeting at John T. Floore’s Dance Hall in Helotes, Texas—an hour drive from where they had seen each other last. Neither knew that this would be the beginning of their beginning.

They casually began talking to each other on and off. Bethany invited Will to Wurstfest in New Braunfels but he didn’t show up. Bethany’s version is that Will stood her up. Will adamantly denies this and has since made up with diamonds, but it took him until April or May of the next year to actually invite Bethany out for drinks. Not only did Will have to fight the five o’clock traffic for his first official date, unbeknownst to him, he also had two dates! Lauren, Bethany’s best friend and maid of honor, called just as she was heading out the door… so what’s a best friend to do? Hello. Come with.

For the rest of the summer, they dated and got to know each other (just the two) and on August 9th made it official as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Nearly three years later on April 22, 2017, Will planned an elaborate proposal with Lauren’s help. Lauren invited Bethany out to New Braunfels for a girls’ day out. When Bethany mentioned it to Will, he acted resistant to the idea—which was out of character. But that was part of the plan. If Bethany was in any way, shape or form expecting a proposal (and she kinda was), Will’s resistance threw her off. Bethany asked, “Why would he want me to not go if this was part of his engagement plan?”

Bethany arrived and the girls first went to get their nails done. After the salon, Lauren insisted on walking the dogs at Landa Park. It was cold, windy and generally unpleasant and Bethany was in a dress. She didn’t want to go. She had no desire to go walking the dog with fresh nails in a dress in damp, cold, windy, disagreeable weather. It took a lot of arm twisting, but Lauren finally got Bethany to agree to go “walk the dogs.”

As the three girls began walking through the park, Bethany noticed a dog toy laying on the ground that looked a lot like the pheasant dog toy that belonged to her Tillie. She picked it up while noting the same. There was a note attached to it that read, “Tillie, you helped me find Mama, now help Mama find me.”

Immediately on guard, her eyes wandered a little further up the path to a wooden sign covered in pictures and notes from all the years of dating that Will had saved. Bethany’s eyes followed the walkway to the gazebo by the river and there stood her Will. Bethany and Tillie began to stroll toward him. A private band was softly playing La Vie en Rose—one of their favorite songs. Everything was surreal and beautiful and romantic <record scratch> until Tillie took a poop—something they still find humor in to this day.

The gazebo was also decorated with flowers and pictures. Will took a knee and proposed. Bethany said YES!!!

It was almost everything that she had dreamed of. Will had arranged for all their parents to be there, which Bethany didn’t know until she turned around, and Lauren, Jentry, Jennifer, and Ricky. It was small enough to be private yet still share with their families and friends, but where was Maddie? Valerie? Bethany didn’t understand how Ricky made it to serenade them with music, but Valerie didn’t. She was sad and confused a bit, but it was masked by her abundance of happiness and excitement. Bethany tried to soak this all in as they smiled, laughed, took pictures and celebrated her engagement.

Then Lauren suggested they have a celebratory drink at the Grapevine Winery in Gruene. And in Bethany’s own words, “That is when I saw EVERYONE!!”

Not only did Will plan the most perfect engagement, he planned the most perfect engagement party. All of our closest friends and family were there and it was perfect! Our friends and family must really love us too because they were all waiting hours because Will had them get there early because he was not sure what time we would actually get there and of course I drug my feet on going to the park sooo that was pretty much my fault. We had a great time drinking wine and celebrating! We ended the evening eating dinner at my favorite restaurant in Gruene, The Gruene River Grill. I may be bias, but I think it was the best engagement EVER!”

And that, gentlemen, is how you plan a proposal. Great job, Rooster! (Rooster is Grandma Alice’s pet name for her granddaughters’ boyfriends.)

Bethany & Will’s Engagement Session (With Beer!!)

Will, Bethany and Tillie’s engagement session took place at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. This is the same location that Bethany’s mother, Tara, took her bridal portraits at.  

If you’d like to see all the images from this portrait session, please enjoy this video. For the best quality, be sure to change the video player settings to 1080 HD. {The beer in these photos was only a prop. No actual beer was consumed on the premises of the McNay. Well, except for a sip or two and the few gulps that Tillie took.}

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112 Comments Bethany & Will’s Engagement Session (With Beer!!)

  1. David Houser December 29, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Lovely photos! Congrats to you both!

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Thanks for visiting, David.

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  2. Matt December 29, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Que bonita! Can’t wait!

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:30 am

      I can’t wait either. There are soooo many things that makes me soooo excited to shoot this wedding: the fact that I went to high school with Tara, the fact that I’ve know Tara and Mark for yeas and Tara is part of my WWWR. the fact that I’ve watched Bethany grow from a young kid to a beautiful woman, the fact that Tillie is IN the wedding, the venue, I’ll know a LOT of the guests… this wedding is going to be the shizzz!!! Can’t wait.

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  3. Jordan December 29, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Beautiful Couple!!

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:31 am

      True. So true.

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  4. Joseph Granado December 29, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Love this couple and pics!

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Joseph.

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  5. Amber December 29, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Congrats love you guys

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Thanks for visiting their blog, Amber.

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  6. Missy December 29, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Beautiful! Love the pics!

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Thank you, MIssy.

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  7. Andrew December 29, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I’m glad y’all made it through me sabotaging the first date.

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    1. Bethany Gawlik December 29, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      Haha me too! The basic wall was eliminated from our home decor as well 🙂

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  8. JOhhny December 29, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Congratulations guys !

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Thanks for visiting, Johnny!!

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  9. JAgger December 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Congratulations

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:38 am

      You visit is appreciated!

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  10. Lily Hays December 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Love y’all so much!!!

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Thanks for reading.

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  11. Kymberly December 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Love these!

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Thank you.

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  12. Leslie December 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Congratulations

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:40 am

      They’re a great couple, aren’t they?

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  13. Tyler Jordan December 29, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Looking good

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Aren’t they hot?

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  14. Chris December 29, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Congratulations guys !

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Thanks for visiting Chris.

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  15. Calen December 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Can’t wait for the party! Nice pics

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:41 am

      I can’t wait for the party either!!

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  16. Shelbee Ripple December 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Love this couple and your work Tammy!

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Thank you, Shelbee!! You were one of my very first clients!!! <3

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  17. Kenneth Loy December 29, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    We cannot wait to have Bethany as part of our family. Great read.

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Thanks, Kenneth! You’re getting a great daughter-in-law!

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  18. Amber December 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Beautiful couple ! Love y’all

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  19. Ricky December 29, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Very honored to be a part of this beautiful couple’s engagement! I can’t wait for the wedding, it’s going to be so much fun!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      I will. Thank you for visiting.

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  20. Andrew Palmer December 29, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Great pictures! Can’t wait for the wedding

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you.

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  21. Kayla Bennett December 29, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Gorgeous couple! I couldn’t be happier for these two love birds! ?? congratulations y’all!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      They totally are!

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  22. Megan December 29, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Beautiful pictures!!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you.

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  23. Analisha Camacho December 29, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Congrats & all the best wishes! Can’t wait to see the Pig in her dress on wedding day!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      I’m excited about Tillie too. She will be the first doggie in a wedding for me.

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  24. Kelsey December 29, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Such great pictures!! Can’t wait for the wedding!! (:

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you, Kelsey!

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  25. William Loy December 29, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you for all your hard work on our engagement shoot! Can’t wait for the big show.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      The big show! Yeah buddy,, I can’t wait either. It’s going to be epic.

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  26. Donna Blue December 29, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Beautiful pictures and couple!!! Many blessings!!!!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      They are a perfectly beautiful couple!

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  27. Missy Korus December 29, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Can’t wait for the wedding!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      I can’t wait for the wedding either! 🙂

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  28. Darren December 29, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Best of wishes! Who would have known back in High School y’all would end up together.? Welcome to the family Will!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks for dropping by, Darren!

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  29. Brittaney December 29, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Love, love, love these pictures and hearing the cutest couples love story! Love y’all and so excited for the wedding celebration pictures!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      I’m excited for their wedding celebration pictures too!!!

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  30. Donica Torres December 29, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Beautiful photos and probably the best engagement story ever told!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you, Donica! Will did an amazing job on the proposal, didn’t he?

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  31. Mark Gawlik December 29, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Great photos and story! Looking forward to the big day…FINALLY!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Yes, FINALLY!!

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  32. Scott Frishman December 29, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Congrats on the engagement, can’t wait to stand by ya’lls side soon!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      I can’t wait for their day either, Scott! I bet it’s going to be beautiful!!

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  33. Michelle December 29, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Love the story & the pictures are amazing Tammy!! That’s where I took my bridal’s also, such a beautiful place!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you, Michelle! McNay has a history for sure! It’s a great place to start a legacy!

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  34. Jennifer December 29, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    This is awesome!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Thank you.

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  35. Karly December 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Congrats Will and Beth!! Can’t wait to celebrate with y’all!! 🙂

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      I can’t wait for the celebration either!!!

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  36. Jennifer m December 29, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Will is my nephew and soon Bethany will be my niece. We got to see these two wonderful people together in NYC last year. You captured their relationship perfectly. I can not wait to celebrate with them on the big day.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Thank you so much!! They are a great couple for sure!

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  37. Jentry December 29, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Congrats to the happy couple! Great photos of Will & Beth!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Thank you, Jentry!!

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  38. Jennalea December 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Congrats! Great story. Prayers for many happy years together!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you for your sincerity!

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  39. Cynthia Cortinas December 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Beautiful pictures and May God Bless you all!!!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you, Cynthia!

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  40. Melida December 29, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Young Love <3 great story. Congratulations to the lovely couple!!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you so much for visiting and giving your support to Bethany and Will!

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  41. Steffany Gandy December 29, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Awe <3 <3 This is awesome!!!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you, Steffany! They are a super awesome couple!

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  42. Annette Loy December 29, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Bethany is a beautiful person that is loving and kind. We adore her! Tammy you do phenomenal work! I love the photos and the write up of their love story! Thank you.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you, Annette! It has been the utmost pleasure to serve Bethany and your son during this super special time in their lives. I can not wait for their big day!

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  43. Irma December 29, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Love their story! Congrats to both.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you, Irma.

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  44. Valerie Gonzalez December 29, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Beautiful photos and story! Love y’all!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks for showing your support, Valerie!

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  45. Victoria Frishman December 29, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Love y’alls story! So excited for what the future holds for you guys!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

      I’m fairly certain their future is extremely bright! They are a fantastic couple!

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  46. Cameron Schmidt December 29, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Bethany and will are the cutest!! I love, love, love seeing them so happy & can’t wait for their big day!! Good luck in the contest! Love yall!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

      I agree, they are super cute!! I can’t wait for their wedding either!

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  47. Lori Hunter December 29, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Congratulations!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thanks for visiting!

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  48. Alex December 29, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Surprised there was no mention of Will’s mustang. Congrats you two.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Aaaah, but there will be, I’m pretty sure of it. Mustang… coming soon.

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  49. Marissa December 29, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Loved reading this! Smiled laughed throughout the whole thing. So happy for you guys!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Thanks for reading, Marissa! And thanks for stopping by.

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  50. Maddie McNett December 29, 2017 at 12:01 am

    I am so obsessed with how gorgeous these turned out! ??

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Thank you, Maddie! Will, Bethany and Tillie all did a spectacular job!! I agree!

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  51. Tara Gawlik December 28, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Great photos and a great story! I enjoyed being there to help out!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Enjoyed your company and appreciated your help during the shoot!

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  52. Lauren December 28, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I know who to call when I decide to get married! Lovely pictures Tammy!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Aah, Lauren!! I’ll be ready when you are!! Thank you.

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  53. Bethany Gawlik December 28, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Perfectly written! We are so happy to have you documenting this moment in our lives! ??

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    1. Bethany Gawlik December 28, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      Those ?? Were suppose to be a heart emoji <3

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    2. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Thank you, Bethany! I can’t wait for your day to get here!! So excited!

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  54. Clayton Kinser December 28, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    I love this story! I hope Bethany and Pink win!!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Clayton!

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  55. Mitchell December 28, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Congrats guys and great story!

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    1. atagirl December 28, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  56. Chrissy November 16, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Beautiful story, congratulations and may the rest of your lives continue to be as happy and loving!

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    1. atagirl November 16, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Chrissy!

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