“In the winter of 2014 I took on a part time job at a horse farm close to my house in South Carolina. Typical to the geographic of my area, there was another horse farm across the street. I was dating at the time and very focused on my work.
Several weeks into my new job my boss introduced me to her friend, “This is Kristie, from the farm across the street.” Kristie is Ben’s mother but I still didn’t know that Ben existed, so I didn’t think anything about the encounter. After meeting Kristie, she asked if I would ride one of their horses a couple of times a week. I was always looking for ways to take on side jobs and so I said, “Sure!”
One day, I had come to ride Kristie’s very unruly mare and I was by the barn when Ben came around the corner and tried to spook the horse, teasing me for riding such a wild animal. I was generally annoyed by him at that first encounter. But it definitely made for a memorable first meeting!
As I got to know Ben and his family, his mother confided to me that she could tell that Ben had a crush on me that first day, “Because of the way that he teased you.”
Ben was dating another girl at the time and so neither of us considered each other as more than just casual friends. As the weeks continued and Winter turned to Spring, we road trails together with our horses. He continued to tease me; pretending to push me off my horse or to take a run, leaving me to struggle with my own rebellious mare. I thought he was very funny and yet a slightly strange person. He intrigued me.
Eventually Kristie didn’t need me to ride the mare anymore and so Ben and I fell out of contact.
In the winter of 2015 I began to work for Kristie again. But this time, Ben and I were both single. I was the busy, overworked person who had no time for friends. We passed each other on the road a lot and he occasionally sent me a message on Facebook about random horse-related things.
In March the messages became more frequent and he continually asked me to go out to lunch with him. I continually refused. Finally one rainy day I had no excuse to not take a lunch break and I joined him at a local bakery.
From that day on, I thought of him quite a lot.
He was different from anyone I knew.
He was self-confident, sweet and quite a gentleman despite being the world’s biggest tease. I fell in love with him.
The first time I went over to his farm for lunch he cooked steak, broccoli and sweet potatoes. His chef skills really impressed me!
By June we were seeing each other quite often, and in August we made it official and I introduced him to my family.
I’ll never forget those first few months together. They were the most romantic days of my life. On hot summer days we trained our horse together. When Autumn came, we would take evenings off and climb in his jeep and drive to town for ice cream.
On March 27 (Easter Sunday) of 2016 Ben proposed to me. I was so surprised and excited I really had no idea he was planning it.
By 2017 I worked full time on Ben’s farm and we did everyday life together. Getting married on March 25th was the best day of my life. He is my rock and makes me smile every hour of the day!”
Photography assistant: Briana Fisher
Venue: Burkelo Horse Barn, The Red Barn