Didianne meet us at a bridal show back in 2012. We set an appointment to meet a month later at our studio Taun Henderson Photography.” The consultation was great, we connect with the couple & I thought they were ready to put down a deposit. Didianne & Joseph didn’t want to make a decision at that time. They emailed us the next day letting us know, that they would LOVE to have us shoot their wedding, & that they couldn’t go wrong picking us to be their wedding photographers! 🙂
Fast forward to March of 2013 the coldest day of the year…… You can’t tell it was freezing outside…… Didianne & Joseph were amazing!!! Here are some highlights of their engagement session, posted by Taun Henderson Atlanta’s Wedding Photographer.
Check out their story below:
Joe and I went to Duluth High School together (we called him JoJo back then). We met in sophomore year, through mutual friends. Eventually, we ended up having photography class together, where we started learning more about each other. I knew he liked me, but I was not interested for numerous reasons; either I was in a relationship, or fresh out of a relationship, wanted to be single, or he was my really good friend and I didn’t want to go there. It was either junior or senior year when Joe gave me a letter professing his love to me, and asking me to prom. Needless to say, this didn’t change anything for me. Neither of us went to any prom, with or without each other.
In 2005 (junior year), Joe’s mother passed away. I was a good friend to him through it all. During our senior year, Joe went to Phoenix High School for the 2nd half of the school day. On my way to fifth period (language arts), he waited for me outside th 500 building, and walked me to class. To this day, his friends still tell the story of how they disliked me because I always made them late for school. They thought Joe was just “chasing ass,” and still give him hell for it. 🙂 Our senior year, we went to Florida together for vacation, just the two of us. I was still only interested in Joe as a friend. We had not so much as even kissed. While we were at the beach, we stayed in the same room, but separate beds. He didn’t bother trying to make a move on me, because he knew he wouldn’t stand an ice cube’s chance in Hell if he had. His friends still (also) give him hell for not making the move on the trip.
So what finally did it, where I was ready to move from being “just friends,” to becoming romantically involved? Back in the days of Myspace, I went to Joe’s profile, and I saw a girl had been posting on his page, saying things about how sweet Joe was, how he was the best cuddler, and how she couldn’t wait to see him again. INSTANT JEALOUSLY. So I had to check my feelings. I knew Joe was a great guy, there was not doubt about that in my mind. I knew he would always cherish me, do anything to make me happy, take care of me, and would never hurt me, and I knew that even as friends. My primary concern was that he was my best friend, and I didn’t want to lose him.
Around the holidays of 2006 (also around the time he graduated high school), Joe asked me on our first date. He made a point to tell me THIS WAS A DATE. But he kept it a surprise, and told me to dress nicely, but comfortably, as we would be walking. Skeptical, I agreed. We went to Bugaboo Creek, which ahs since closed, for some delicious ribs. Then, we got in his comfy Buick Regal and drove down to Atlanta. He parked, and we got out of the car, and started walking. When I saw the Fox Theater, it clicked! We were going to see the Nutcracker ballet. (Nice move, Joe!) Afterward, he took me home, and still, no kiss (but I still would not have been ready for it if he had).
On New Year’s Eve, we decided to go to Underground ATL to watch the Peach Drop. We took Marta, and were late getting there. We ended up getting there in time to watch the ball drop from the train station steps. I had planned my move for days… I was standing with Joe behind me. He was holding me, like he often did when we were in big crowds (like at concerts). At midnight, I turned quickly (otherwise I would have lost my nerve) and kissed Joe. That evening, we were sitting on my front porch, and I asked him when he was going to ask me to be his girl friend again. The next night, he did, and the rest is history. 🙂