When Christy and Mike met, the stars were aligned perfectly to put them in the right place at the right time: Christy’s car was in the shop, so she jumped on the shuttle to get to class that Mike always took. She made eye contact with Mike and was immediately intrigued by his “black eye-liner, pink eye shadow, hot pink razor phone and iPod shuffle, lip ring, and chin-length black hair.” She kinda put him out of her head since he was so far away, but as he stood up to get off at her stop, Mike complimented Christy on her eye-make up. The rest of the story involves her running through a parking lot to bump into him again, and then happily finding out he was indeed, straight. :)  I love that part the most, because when I first met Nate, I thought he was possibly gay, too. (A single, straight, attractive photographer who was paying me attention? Comeon!)

My favorite part about Christy and Mike’s story of how they met is that Mike had a girl friend named SiQi (pronounced See Kay), and Christy’s initials are “CK.” Christy’s boyfriend at the time was David, and Mike’s nickname is Davey. As Christy says, “So, that’s why we say that the universe was sending us signals. We just got them a little crossed. That is, until October 31, 2007 at 3:45 pm!”

When it came time to do their engagement session, Christy knew she wanted their photos taken around St. Augustine. But after finding out about their mutual love of Calvin and Hobbes (my all time favorite comic- a love I have thanks to my late grandfather), it was quickly decided to try to work in some iconic Calvin and Hobbes moments into their shoot. Now, if you know anything about Calvin and Hobbes, you know it’s a comic strip about a young boy and his stuffed tiger, Hobbes. Not exactly a grown man and woman in love. ;) I did my homework, though, and showed up with some of the more well known moments from Calvin and Hobbes on my iPhone to hopefully inspire us along the shoot. :)

Intermixed with Christy and Mike’s engagement photos, I’ve thrown in my favorite quotes from Calvin and Hobbes (masterfully written and illustrated by one of my heroes, Bill Watterson!)

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.”

“Hobbes: ‘Do you think there’s a God?’ Calvin: ‘Well, SOMEBODY’S out to get me.’”

“It seems like once people grow up, they have no idea what’s cool.”



Inspiration photo #1:

“There is not enough time to do all the nothing we want to do.”

“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”

(Photo taken by us, masterfully edited by one of Christy and Mike’s friends!)

“Know what’s weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything’s different.”

Inspiration photo #2:

Inspiration photo #3:

Inspiration photo #4:

“You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.”

I love, love, love, love my husband. :)

“If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.”

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can play together all night.” – Bill Watterson

Well, *I* think we did a pretty good job capturing the essence of all Christy, Mike, Calvin, and Hobbes… What do you think? :)

12 Responses to “Christy + Mike : Engagement”

  1. I love everything about this shoot- the story, the fact that they’re Landon Donovan fans, and that they weren’t afraid to ride the red wagon :) Roots, your creativity never ceases to amaze me!

    PS What happen to the black eyeliner, pink eye shadow, lip ring, and chin-length black hair??

  2. Lorie on September 27th, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  3. This gave me goosebumps, literally. Not only are they a gorgeous couple, but my husband and I shared the same LOVE of Calvin and Hobbes… so much that we included them on our Reception and RVSP cards!!!!

  4. Daniella Koontz on September 28th, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  5. Also, I’m guessing that his nickname is Davey because he looks like Davey Havok from AFI? And I agree with Lorie… I want to see pictures of the black eyeliner, pink eye shadow, lip ring, and chin-length black hair :)

  6. Daniella Koontz on September 28th, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  7. awesome shoot–looks like fun!! i especially love the wagon pics and all the inspired recreations. Nice quotes too!

  8. kelly on September 28th, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  9. LOVE<3 LOVE <3LOVE!!

    I also have a "gay" straight boyfriend! He is the most amazing thing ever, and people can think what they want! It is what makes him extra special.and yes, I also an't believe that he paid ME any attention!

    Great pics guys! Beautiful couple!

  10. jenn paul on September 28th, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  11. What a great ‘meeting’ story!! I totally want to ride on the red cart down the hill :)

  12. Hayley Ann Roberts on September 29th, 2010 at 4:52 am | Reply
  13. Best engagement session concept EVER.

  14. Rachel on October 7th, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  15. Love it!! :) You two are so creative!

  16. Jenn S on October 27th, 2010 at 1:23 am | Reply

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