Emily Smrcina & Ronald Kinyanjui

Photographs by Nathan Abplanalp

Wedding Date: August 8, 2015

How They Met: Emily had her eye on Ronald from the moment she met him at their church in Matthews. But the secret crush dissolved as Ronald moved to Texas to pursue a teaching degree. Fate intervened and brought him back to Charlotte a decade later and the two reconnected immediately.

The Proposal: Ronald surprised Emily with an unexpected gift on Christmas morning. As she unwrapped a beautiful, shining diamond in front of her closest family and friends, Ronald promised to love her forever.

Engagement Shoot Location: The Morehead Inn