In high school, I always heard people say, “There are plenty of fish in the sea,” when there was a breakup. It’s no surprise that an online dating service calls themselves Plenty of Fish. Mary Claire’s best friend, Casey, signed her up on the dating site and said she had to go on five dates. As luck would have it, John was her fifth date. John was actually talking to two other ladies on the site, but felt more of a connection with Mary Claire and immediately stopped communicating with the other two ladies.
They say the devil is in the details; however, the details are the difference between good and great. I’m a sucker for details – the more sentimental the better. Mary Claire shared something significant about the locations or about each piece of jewelry throughout our session. She and John had their second date at Old Live Oak Cemetery. The only thing John knew about Selma was the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge and Mary Claire saw that bridge every day when she worked at the St. James Hotel. They are getting married at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in February. Mary Claire’s family has attended this church for many generations. Her parents and other family members were married here and her grandparents are buried here. Every location was special to them.
The pearls were a gift from Mary Claire’s dad for her high school graduation. Her art deco style ring originally belonged to her great grandmother and was offered to John when he and Mary Claire began discussing marriage. The watch she wore was the first birthday gift John gave to her.
Mary Claire and John, thank you so much for allowing me to document this season of your lives! I had a great time during your engagement session. I love that you keep each other laughing and I know we are going to have so much fun on your wedding day! Oh, and thank you again for the delicious homemade cookies! Just as I suspected, Weston and I devoured all of them before the end of the night. 🙂