FORT COLLINS, CO
A story of off-again on-again love has these two beaming with stars in their eyes that they really were meant for each other after all that time. Since middle school, their lives wove in between one another's as they waited ever so patiently.
From middle school to high school, Dani + Joel were just familiar faces to each other. As the years went on, they would serendipitously hang out in a hodge-podge of friends. When college came, Dani became best friends with Joel's older sister + BOOM. He began to see the true beauty of who Dani was with her increasing presence.
Then, the date. Joel told me before this date that Dani was in fact the lady he would put a ring on, no doubt in his mind. This was the date that Dani still recalls as her favorite date with Joel. He spent hours stringing up twinkle lights in his backyard and setting up a projector to watch Pineapple Express on. The girl was impressed.
But fear closed her off, and it was over soon after.
Both dated others or attempted to date others. But that date + the magic of it all lingered in their memories.
And a concert where they stumbled upon on another + got lost together changed it all. They reconciled for backing away from something GOOD. They prayed through more fear. And then they fell in love.
These two always come back to each other. Seeing their lives intertwined so intimately, there is no one either of them feels more comfortable or loved around. And a love like THAT makes a person live up to their highest standards for themselves. For real - knowing Joel as a goof ball for all of college, it was inspiring to see how he is growing as such a man in this season; as a man so great at loving Dani. And she has the most peace in the world about being with Joel, forever.