Shawna + Matt - Dickinson Wedding Photographer

Perhaps one of the sweetest love stories is the love story between Matt and Shawna's daughter Phoenix. When I asked Matt how he knew that he wanted to marry Shawna, he said that he just knew that Shawna and Phoenix were the women he wanted in his life, even after only having dated a few months.

Shawna and Matt have known each other since high school, but it wasn't until one Labor Day weekend years later that something shifted. They stayed up all night that weekend dancing and laughing with a group of friends. Shawna admits, "while I didn't know right then that anything would come of us, it was most definitely the first moment that I looked at him in a different light." As their relationship grew, she knew this man was special. "I had never had someone look at me the way he did, like I was the most beautiful girl in the room, and the way he treated my daughter melted my heart and made me fall for him even more."

On a rainy August afternoon, Shawna, Matt and Phoenix celebrated their love for one another. According to Shawna, "My favorite moment was the dance that I shared with Matt and Phoenix. Phoenix and I have had a very bumpy road up until Matt joined our lives, and in that moment I saw how happy she truly was and I had never experienced anything more true than right then." It was a good day.