I’m a photographer based in Houston, TX that specializes in sophisticated wedding and high school senior photography.
Jordan and Justin are going to the chapel and they’re gonna get married! It was so fun to finally meet these two for their engagement session and hear all about their plans for their special day next spring at Big Sky Barn in Montgomery, Texas. Jordan and Justin have been dating for four years and were engaged this past April. Jordan pours all her energy into teaching at an elementary school and Justin keeps our city safe serving as a police officer. Truly the sweetest couple, filled with joy and laughter and pure love for each other! Read straight from Jordan the BEST love story:
I was off at Texas State for my freshman year of college, focusing on anything but academics. My first year I came home every now and then to see my Willie’s friends, my parents, and my pups. One weekend I decided to come home and hang out with some of my friends. Justin and I met through mutual friends and we hit it off IMMEDIATELY. I never believed in love at first sight, but hey, Justin sure was easy on the eyes….. 😉
We didn’t small talk or talk about age, but instead, we picked on each other and were playful. We talked like we had known each other forever. Justin was goofy, but even more so, he was charming. My favorite combination. He was also fearless, it seemed like. As I’ve learned over the years, Justin will be himself, no matter who you are. He will not TRY to impress you, he just DOES impress you, effortlessly. That’s what I loved about him off the bat. He asked for my number as we parted that night, and I left for San Marcos the next morning. Sadly, neither of us thought nothing would come of our short encounter, but we also couldn’t leave each others’ minds. We exchanged a text or two over the course of a few months, but our talking slowly dwindled down to nothing. A few weeks later, I heard that Justin was seeing someone new. I don’t know why I cared so much, because I had only met him once, and I didn’t really KNOW him, but my heart was SHATTERED…….. like what the heck why did I like him so much!!! I did not understand at the time, but God was preparing me for the best love I had ever known.
I left it alone. I left him alone. Months went by, and I went to Mexico with my best friend. I was having the time of my life sitting by the ocean and legally (in Mexico) drinking Pina Coladas!!!!! Then BOOM out of nowhere I get a message from my mini heartbreak. I ignored it. And then had another Pina colada. And ignored it. And then I was brave enough to answer back to the scariest message ever that said “Hey”….. like HEY????? What do you want?
I kept my guard up the entire conversation, using every sarcastic bone I had in my body. Then finally, he said the sweetest thing you can ever think of (I still have this message to this day)… “I want to take you out on a date when you get back” and when I sarcastically replied he said “I don’t want to hurt you, I want to take care of you”… so naturally I gave in.
Our first date was on his birthday, which he made more about us than him. Best date ever. Second date was the next day.
1 week later he asked if I would be his girlfriend and I said “Uhhhhhh idk????” But still, he was patient, and a few days later I gave in, again, naturally of course. 2 weeks later when we were at a friends house party, he confidently told me he loved me. And WHAT DO I DO??? I started BAWLING crying …….. who does that? Wow. We went to sleep. The next morning he told me again.
2 weeks after that I went back to college. He worked night shift, 10 PM to 6 AM. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s off.
He came to see me, EVERY Tuesday at 6 AM, and left every Thursday at 2 PM.
I moved back my junior year. Best decision I ever made.
4 years, 3 apartments, 1 dog, 1 house, And a ring later….. here we are!!
Reed Gallagher is a Houston photographer for the elegant bride + chic senior, an educator for the driven photographer, and queso obsessed biz owner.