You guys. I have *the most* MAGICAL Disney World engagement shoot to share with you today! I actually had the pleasure of meeting Whitney and Josh at Creative at Heart and may or may not have squealed (A LOT) when I saw this submission in my inbox!
Shay Nelson of Love, The Nelsons captured these two lovebirds (who only had eyes for each other) in the middle of the most magical place on earth—in front of Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom theme park!!! And it gives me ALL the hearts for eyes!
Josh and I go back a long way. He is truly my best friend, even if we are opposites in almost every way. He’s the dreamer and I’m the realist. He’s the practical one and I’m the romantic. But, at the end of the day, he’s not my person—he’s my lobster.
HOW THEY MET
Josh and Whitney grew up just two blocks from each other. He went from being her weekly ride to bible study to her best friend all through high school.
Their first date wasn’t until they were both in college. He took her to Cuban, and all she can remember is being so mad that he never reached for her hand!
As for their favorite date, well, that might explain the location for their engagement photos! 🙂
Whitney worked for Disney as a character performer a couple of years ago and Josh went down to visit her. They spent the entire day at Magic Kingdom—riding rides, meeting princesses, and generally just grinning from ear-to-ear.
Whitney says, “Making such joy-filled memories in a place I love so much with the man I love so much…well, it was truly magical.”
We couldn’t agree more!
Some of Whitney’s best memories are of “best friend Josh”—in the days before their relationship blossomed into romance.
They spent their days riding roller coasters at Busch Gardens, playing and sunning at the pool, and riding bikes around their neighborhood. Best of all were the nights they would sneak out late and go swinging in the park next to his house. It was their favorite activity, one they shared only with each other.
Years later, it was Josh who said “I love you” first; and completely by accident! It just sort of slipped out. As for Whitney, she just always sort of knew he was the one. Or, at the very least, knew that whoever he chose was going to be one incredibly lucky girl.
That she is!
It was already the best week—they were getting to do what they love, spend time with their most treasured friends in the industry, be constantly surrounded by beautiful things—and Josh’s birthday happened to be on the second day of the workshop! Whitney surprised him with Star Wars-themed macarons and thought she’d gotten him good!!
They left The Cordelle (where the workshop was taking place) around five that day to change for his birthday dinner that night. As they were leaving the Airbnb, Josh mentioned that he’d left his backpack at the venue and asked if they could swing by before dinner to grab it from the girls who were still there cleaning up.
They pulled up, got out, and headed to the side patio. There were bistro lights strung up, flowers and candles EVERYWHERE, but Whitney was completely clueless. She thought the ladies of the workshop were doing some weird sunset photoshoot. It wasn’t until Josh pulled her into him that she realized what was happening!
And then it was all squeals and tears of joy! ESPECIALLY when she realized their friends were photographing and recording the entire thing! They celebrated with champagne under the twinkly lights, and swayed to the music for a bit. It was absolutely perfect!
Raise your hand if you’re positively swooning!
HOW THEY BALANCE LIFE, LOVE, WORK & WEDDING PLANNING
What a constant struggle! We are doing our best. We try to take care of things in bigger pieces, which leaves us with several days free from having to talk about wedding stuff.
It is vital for your relationship to really focus on the heart of the person you are marrying—consistently checking in with them to make sure you are putting them and their feelings first is essential. Those floral centerpieces can wait, I promise.
It is also about compromises. Sit down and really figure out what each of you holds as a priority. It helps when delegating and settling disputes. It’s how we made several of our wedding day decisions. We decided what was most important to the other and then ceded the choice to them.
It will make your lives easier, and will help if you have a groom reluctant to get involved. It’s why Josh chose our officiant, our cake flavors, and our getaway method (which he won’t tell me about!), and why I am in charge of choosing our color palette and florals. We are working as a team to divide and conquer!
And if you think a wedding isn’t something you need to conquer, then you clearly haven’t been engaged!
ADVICE FOR COUPLES
As the Lord is always reminding me, “If we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently.” (Romans 8:25) I am trying to remain aware that I will always be waiting for something—a dream job, a boyfriend, a proposal, a wedding, a fulfilling career, a house, a baby…the list will go on for as long as I live.
So I am desperately trying to remain present, humble, and oh-so-grateful, because I have been given the most amazing gift there is—a future. And my future is this incredibly sweet, goofy, intelligent, and ridiculously attractive man standing before me!
How perfectly perfect are they?! Thank you so much Whitney and Josh for sharing your love story and engagement shoot with us today!! I CANNOT WAIT to see pictures of your wedding day!!