Hey there!

Welcome to my lifestyle blog. If you are interested in the adventures, current obsessions, and general rantings of a 23 year old married gal, you are in the right place!

Aubrey + Grayson / How We Met + Engagement Pictures

Aubrey + Grayson / How We Met + Engagement Pictures

Hello babes! 

So with the recent news of mine and Grayson's engagement I have been getting more and more people asking about how we met, and how he proposed! Anyone who knows me knows how annoying I am when it comes to talking about Grayson, so this post might be the easiest one I've ever written! I also thought it would be an amazing way to show off my stunning pictures from Johnna Johnson at The Johnsons Photography! 

I also want to give full disclosure. This post could be a giant mushy ramble and I am so sorry but not sorry enough to change anything about it. I am extra emotional about all of this because Grayson left for a month long tour a week ago and I am trying to COPE. So, if you're just here for the pictures, keep on a-scrolling. This could be a minute. 

+ The Beginning  

Grayson and I first started talking the old fashioned way. 

He sent me a message on Instagram. 

Well, let me take a few steps back. I've actually known about Grayson's existence (literally only that he existed and nothing else. No name. Nothing.) since I was probably 17 and I started going to Heritage church with my parents. Grayson played the drums during Sunday worship and I honestly couldn't tell if he was my age or 30 years old. I'm telling you, this guy's facial hair can give most grown men a run for their money. When I went off to college I stopped going to Heritage, and honestly forgot about his existence. 

Fast forward to age 21. At this point I've sworn off serious relationships, and I'm doing a lot of pet sitting for my married friends. I had actually recently started going back to Heritage and I was trying to get some stability back in my life. It was late November. I remember getting off work and while I was walking to my car I got a message from a local photographer that I had befriended. She had recently taken pictures of my family and was reaching out to see if I would want to model as a bride for an editorial shoot during a photography retreat.  ("Duh.") She goes on and asks if I know of any rustic-y bearded men who would be willing to be photographed / cuddle with me. I told her I didn't, but if she knew of any to let me know. Interestingly enough .092 seconds later I get a notification on my phone (How 21st century is this?) 'Grayson Stewart has requested to follow you.'  I start scrolling through his profile and it registers "The drummer from church!" The first thing I did was investigate to see how old he was. By this time his hair was long and a beard was present so he could have been 50 for all I knew.

Long story short, Grayson and I end up getting roped up into this photo shoot.

{ Months later I find out this was all meticulously planned. Homeboy saw my family pictures on Facebook and decided that he thought I was pretty cute, reached out to the mutual friend and so on went the perfectly timed message + Insta follow }

Grayson sent me a sweet message introducing himself. We made some small talk, and then he gave me a little line that probably was the biggest influence in molding our relationship. (notice: it involves food.)

"I figured I should take you out to eat at least once before we get hitched."

I still die to this day. 

Can you say smooth?

We had a date set up for the following week and I honestly was beside myself. I was at the point in my life where I didn't get excited for dates. It was like "How many fake laughs will I have to do before I can dash?" But with Grayson I was in that shameless mode where I was sending creeper pictures to my mom and saying things like "LOOK AT HIS SMILE" and "ISN'T GRAYSON THE MOST PERFECT NAME??" (ok I still do this)

+ First Sight (Kinda)  

It was about four days after we started texting, I was going to a Christmas play that was being put on by our church. I remember getting ready to leave and meet my family to eat Mexican food before the show, when he texted me asking what I was up to. As soon as I told him my night's plans he began to tell me how he had really wanted to go to the show too! He just didn't have anyone to go with! (hahaha...yeaah OKAY) My naive self casually invited him to tag along with my family at the show - t o t e s - expecting a polite decline because hello who would go meet a girl for the first time at a church play with her FAMILY.

Grayson Lee, thats who. 

I truly didn't actually believe he would actually show up when he said he was going to try and make it. Little did I know that behind the scenes he was scrambling, jumping in the shower and trying to get his hands on a ticket (this show was almost sold out) and high tailing it over to the King Opera House. I remember turning around and seeing him walking down the isle to me and I literally couldn't believe it. As soon as he sat down and we started talking I just knew he would be in my life forever. I remember walking to the car with my sister and saying, "Did you know we're getting married?" 

{ I kind of want to throw up at myself right now so props for sticking with me this long. A funny little thing about that night that I found out like 7 months after this was that as Grayson was walking up to his seat by me, he could see Gentry and Laurel CREEPING his freaking INSTAGRAM. Sisters. What a trooper. }

+ The Engagement 

Fast forward a year and a month. I made an appointment with Johnna Johnson to do some personal shots for my website and she asked if I would be interested in having Grayson tag along to do some sweet photos! I literally never pass up a chance for pictures with the babe so I was definitely on board! We ran around the top of a windy hill that is one foot too short to be a mountain, and then skipped through a gorgeous field. Things were going swell, and Johnna was having us do the most darling poses. She said "Okay, for this next one I want you guys to turn back to back and take five steps away from each other. Then when I say go, I want you to turn around an run to each other!" Being the rule follower I am, I took my five steps away, fluffed my hair a little bit, and turned around- ready to crash into Grayson. Instead, I turned around and he was down on one knee. I was so surprised that I was just standing there, frozen with a hand over my mouth. Grayson literally had to wave me over to him. He told me he would love me forever, and asked if that sounded alright to me.  I cried. A lot. 

Are ya'll catching on to how much I love this guy?

Now let's talk about these pictures. You D E F need to check out the amazingness that is Johnna. Her website is here, her Facebook page is The Johnsons (@TheJohnsonsPhoto), and check her photography page on Insta @TheJohnsonsPhoto + (and her personal bc she's perfect) @TheJohnsons // She is amazing to work with-  simply a delight, creative genius, and all around genuine human being. Prepare for lots of laughter + feeling like you've made a new BFF.

I've gathered a (large) handful of my favorite shots from the evening. I don't think I can even pick a favorite. Check out the slideshow for some dreaminess!

A L S O- A bonus of some exciting news! I thought now would be a good time to kind of announce my wedding planning series! I just thought it would be fun and maybe helpful for me to share some of my wedding planning experiences, tips, and DIYs! Stay tuned for some posts about that coming your way very soon!

Thank you for sharing this special time with me! Be well!

xx, Aubrey

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips + Tricks                              {How To Find Your Dream Dress}

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips + Tricks {How To Find Your Dream Dress}

2 products that changed the way me & my kitty sleep.

2 products that changed the way me & my kitty sleep.