Our Story

From the Bride-to-Be

Horses have a way of changing lives. They show you the best and worst parts of yourself. They teach you your strengths and weaknesses. They test you day in and day out. But, I believe they are the only animals that truly listen to your heart. So, it doesn't surprise me that horses brought Haven and I together. We changed each other's lives, we expose the best and the worst parts of ourselves, we balance each other's strengths and weaknesses and we are tested each and every day. But most of all, we listen to each other's hearts. This is why we love each other.

The first day I met Haven, I was already in love with him. The first thing he did when he saw me was kiss me. I know this sounds a little strange, but it's not! Before we met, we had actually been talking online for a couple months. I was in Montana and he was in Utah. I was in my junior year of college and he was a midnight cowboy driving a truck through the night. I was busy with school and the equestrian team and didn't have much time to meet people. I decided I would try a dating site.

It was strange and made me a little nervous, but I figured it was worth a shot. I got a few messages the first couple days, but no one really stood out to me. I stumbled upon Haven's profile. He had a picture of him and his son on a trail ride. His profile was basic; name, age, location and that was about it. It was the horse that got me. Our first conversation lasted eight hours. We talked all night, I couldn't stop. We talked about everything, but most of all we talked about horses. A few months passed and we finally met. This is when he kissed me. It only confirmed that he was the one for me and our adventure began. Of course, it began in the mountains on the back of a horse. From there, we spent the summer days riding countless miles through the canyons of Utah and by night we spent endless hours traveling the roads in the semi. You learn a lot about someone when your lost in the mountains and when your stuck in the cab of a semi for 17 hours. All I know, is that without horses this world would be a terrible place. I am forever thankful for them, because without horses I would have never found my safe Haven.

Event Planning: Hoopes Weddings and Events // Photography: Hearts & Horseshoes Photography

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