Our Story

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Dustin and I met at the first Shaky Knees Music Festival on May 4th 2013.  It had been heavily raining all day and we managed to stick it out but were both alone listening to Band of Horses. I was huddled under a broken umbrella and struggling to shield myself from the water when Dustin leaned in and asked if I could use some help. I accepted and let him fiddle with the broken piece and after he got it sorta held more upright I invited him under to seek shelter from the unrelenting rain.  I began to ask him questions about himself and we got to know a little bit about one another. At one point he was staring so deeply into my eyes I asked “what?” and he leaned in and kissed me. Just like that! In the rain, during Band of Horses, at his first ever music festival. BOOM. And then I told him I had a boyfriend…

However, the relationship wasn’t in a good spot and I knew the inevitable was about to happen and I’d be single so I gave him my number. We ended up hanging around and chatting under a more legit tent and stayed under security left, we were the very last concert attendees! We went our separate ways not knowing if we would ever see one another again.

A week later I was single and another week later I heard from Dustin. It was friendly texting back and forth until I informed him I was no longer in another relationship and we made plans to go on a date. He asked “would you like to get coffee” and I said “no, lets grab a beer!” so we met at TAP on Peachtree for what would be our first and last first date. We have been inseparable ever since!

Dustin told me months later, that on that first night at Shaky Knees when he was standing behind me and saw a glimpse of my face, a thought came out of no where that there, in front of him was the girl he was going to marry. The next thought was “well, I guess I need to talk to her” and the umbrella was the ‘excuse.’ So glad this shy guy didn’t hold back and asked to help, thanks umbrella!

More first times for D+J
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First photo on FB, being couple-y and first 4th of July.

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First professional party pic at the Brookhaven Beer Fest (also first beer fest!)

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First time he met ALL my friends, also the first time I told him I was starting to love him (but really already did and told girl friends that night!)

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First Braves game, chop chop!

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First picnic!

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First trip and also first time meeting my parents!

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First birthday and first corn hole tournament (also first public butt-kicking by really good corn hole players!)

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First time kayaking, this was on Lake Tuscaloosa!

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First pet, Flynn!

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First photobooth!

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First Halloween!

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First Christmas!

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First class reunion!

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First karaoke!

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First snow!

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First NYE!

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First matching tattoo and first Valentines Day!

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First ferris wheel ride!

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First time working together on a shoot-a small wedding in Oakland Cemetery!

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First camping excursion with Cline + Jonny in which the entire day was beautiful until the sky feel out and we slept in water!

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First white water rafting trip included a group of close buddies!

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First organized sport!

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First surprise! The day Dustin proposed, see full story here-www.infamilywetrust.com/were-engaged/

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First golf cart ride! (little did I know it was going to where we’d be engaged! Ok, maybe I had a small idea…!)

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First of many EXCITING chapters opening in our lives!

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First fancy piece of jewelry!

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First trip to Charleston!

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First Music Midtown!

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First HUGE beard + Cirque du Soleil!

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First horseback riding!

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First gifted gun from the Smith family! (watch out!)

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First Smith family run! (congrats Mom on your 1st marathon!)

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First trip to NOLA!

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First Color Run with the James’!

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First published photo-The Knot Georgia!

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First party boat with friends!

Many more firsts to come, I can’t wait, I love you Dustin!
-Jess

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