These winter beach engagement photos may look cozy, but let me tell you what!
Temperatures were in the low 30s, and with the wind coming off the water… whew!
It was pretty chilly!
Virginia and Corey didn’t let that stop them, and we all had a blast playing on the beach (especially their pup Keeper!).

Get to know more about them and their epic love story in today’s blog!


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Winter Beach Engagement Photos



How did you two meet?


I worked as a ‘parts slinger’ through college (at Advance Auto Parts), and did mechanic work on the side. I was changing a tire for a friend in a parking lot of a campus-central dorm and Corey was walking a girl home from class. He said goodbye to the girl, noticed me on the ground working, a circle of dudes just watching, and asked if I needed help. I politely turned him down and smiled, not making mention of how attracted to him I was right off the bat. He said he’d be right back and walked away. Right as I finished the tire change, he came running back, scissor jack I hand. I smiled again (I couldn’t help it) and offered him my number, ‘in case I need help again’. He turned and started walking away. I quietly mentioned to the group of guy-friends that I thought he was pretty cute and one shouted “Hey Corey, she thinks you’re cute, man!” to which he ‘woo-hoo’ed and leapt in the air. 

The very next day, I kid you not, my battery died. I had parked in a fire lane to run in and turn in a paper, bad idea. It was too coincidental. I called Corey who showed up out of nowhere. It turned out he knew nothing about cars, which was incredibly endearing. We spent the afternoon fixing my truck. That turned into skipping class, renting movies (Top Gun), and drinking beer (Landshark) in my dorm. We’ve been inseparable ever since.


What did you do on your first date?

Corey picked me up in his bright blue 1998 Chevy Cavalier which, (and this is strange for me) I didn’t tease him for. He was and is the only person I’ve dated without 4WD, but that didn’t occur to me until weeks after he picked me up for our first date. I guess I was so excited I just didn’t notice.

I remember not liking what I wore, we both remember exactly what it was. I didn’t realize until we got to the mall that I had a much better outfit I should have worn; once again-too excited.

We bought tickets for a movie, Lord only knows what it was (something spooky, Sinister, maybe?), and as we were walking into the theatre a group of his friends walked by. We exchanged niceties and then he invited them to sit with us…yes, we were joined on our first date by Corey’s bro-friends. And so it began! A life of
spontaneity and serendipity.


What are some of your favorite things to do together?

We’re both at our best outdoors: we’re backpackers, mountain bikers, runners, explorers of uncharted woods. We canoe and kayak, paddle board and beach comb. My favorite of all is what we call ‘creeking’ or climbing around stream beds and hunting for crawdads, salamanders, fish, etc. Our trusty sidekick Keeper is almost always in tow, worth mentioning-the one time he jumped right out of the canoe.

When we’re trapped in the city, we like working on our home together, cleaning and rearranging, painting, building shelves, etc. As mentioned, we’re both mechanics so our Jeeps get a lot of attention. We both have motorcycle licenses (that’s a fairly new hobby). Admittedly, we rent and watch a lot of movies together, we make supper and breakfast for one another. We just live life to the fullest together and love every second of it.


When did you know he was the one?

It’s hard to put a finger on it but there were a few things.

–We went to my dad’s house in NC for spring break before we were officially together and he never even suggested sharing a room, let alone a bed. He happily slept in the guest room, tucked me in every night, woke me up sweetly every morning, did whatever I wanted every day, met everyone in my family as ‘my friend
Corey’. We painted my aunt’s house and fed each other pretzel M&Ms, I remember that so clearly. (there’ll definitely be pretzel M&Ms at the wedding). He was just my very best friend from