Shelby and Zack fell in love in a most unexpected way during spring break get away, during happy hour overlooking the Vegas Strip. Little did they know that this trip would be the start of something amazing and life altering. After many conversations and realizing there was something more than just friendship, the two decided to explore these new feelings by going on a date to Top Golf. The more they got to know each other the clearer it has become that they are simply meant to be. Now we are anxiously awaiting their big day in October at the Chartwell Golf and Country Club. In the mean time, enjoy their engagement photos along with an exclusive interview below.
Daysy: How did you meet?
Shelby+Zack: My sorority sister invited me on a spring break trip with her boyfriend and Zack. Our favorite part of the trip was the High Roller happy hour at the Linq hotel. We got to have drinks as we met and looked over the Vegas strip!
Daysy: Zack, when you saw her, Shelby seemed…
Zack: The conversation with Shelby from the start was always natural and just felt right. We instantly found things we had in common that made it easy to grow our connection. She seemed like a sweet, caring, and beautiful person. It very quickly became apparent she was somebody I wanted to be with. Her personality, elegance, and beauty drew me in and wouldn’t let me go.
Daysy: Shelby, when you saw him, Zack seemed…
Shelby: When I met Zack it felt like an instant connection. He was such a polite and genuine guy from the moment I met him. He pulled out my chair in restaurants, opened my car door for me, and had a smooth way of sliding compliments into the conversation all the time. He was handsome and always had a smile on his face. His laugh made me laugh, and his jokes were hilarious. I felt an instant connection when I found out he was from Maryland which is where my mom’s family lived and we spent all of our holidays. His humor, outgoing personality, complements, and handsome appearance had me hooked.
Daysy: Where did you go for your first date?
Shelby: After we met in Vegas, our first date was at Top Golf. I had never gone before and had no idea how good Zack was at golfing. Between teaching me how to golf and picking off the spicy jalapenos on my nachos, it was an amazing first date.
Daysy: How did he propose? Can you describe that moment?
Shelby: We went on a trip to one of our favorite vacation spots in Maryland, Rocky Gap Casino and Resort. We had gone a few times before and loved the quiet get away. During happy hour we were walking down by the lake and wanted to take a cute couple’s photo since the leaves and lake were so pretty. Zack handed his phone to a complete stranger and after a few pictures he asked the guy to take rapid photos. I was SO confused why we would need so many pictures. When he turned around and got down on one knee I instantly burst into tears. It was so overwhelming and a moment that is hard to put into words. Watching him ask me to spend the rest of my life with him was a girls dream come true. I cried for at least 15 minutes afterwards and felt like I was on top of the world.
What are some of the common hobbies/interests that the two of you share?
Zack: We both enjoy golfing together and trips to Laurel Park track to bet on horses. Shelby loved animals so seeing so many horses is an absolute blast. We are very good at binging shows on Netflix and enjoy going out to dinner at some of our favorite restaurants. Every once in a while we go to the Casino and try to win some money. We live together in Columbia and love all of our pets. Tucker is our golden retriever puppy and we have two cats, Stella and Mittens.
How do you imagine yourselves as a couple from now to 5 years?
Shelby+Zack: We see ourselves excelling in our careers, moving into a new home, and beginning to plan for having a family of our own.
Zack, Describe 3 things you absolutely love about Shelby:
• Shelby’s uncanny ability to turn any conversation into one filled with laughs. She can be put in any situation with any group of people and instantly lighten the mood.
• Seeing Shelby’s smile when I get home from work quickly makes me forget about the day’s issues. Her smile is enough to get anyone’s attention. Couple that with the fact the rest of her is absolutely stunning, and it’s no question that I got pretty lucky.
• Shelby’s very outgoing. When we met Shelby was a very picky eater, but since then I’ve gotten her to try plenty of strange foods. She’s been willing to jump in with both feet to take interest in my hobbies. I enjoy that she will try things. It makes it easy for us to find things we enjoy doing together.
Shelby, Describe 3 things you absolutely love about Zack:
• I love Zack’s intelligence and determination with his career. He is not only smart outside of work, but I am inspired by how hard he works and his goals to excel in his career.
• I’ve got to brag a little here. Zack is a very handsome man. He takes pride in his fashion with bold colors and patterns, and loves being more dressed up than dressed down. He is tall, has beautiful eyes, and a smile I cannot resist. I love having such a handsome, tall, strong, and dapper man!
• Zack knows how to treat me like a princess. He goes out of his way to surprise me with flowers, has cute date ideas, and always knows how to cheer me up on bad days. He
accepts me for who I am and is my best friend. I cannot imagine not having him in my life on good and bad days. He has been a gentleman to me since day 1 in Vegas and I
love him so much for that.
Describe what you most absolutely have in common:
Shelby+Zack: The enjoyment of a lazy weekend after a long work week. If either of us has a long week at work we have no issue ordering food in and watching a movie. If it’s not take-out it’s a charcuterie board and a glass of wine.
What made this video shoot so special for you two?
Shelby+Zack: We wanted to be able to share this special day with all of our friends and family members. However, with a global pandemic we have had challenges being able to have everyone in the same place at the same time. Some could not attend for health and travel reasons and we still wanted them to witness our special day. This video will make it possible for everyone to see one of the biggest moments in our lives.
What was your favorite part of the photoshoot?
Shelby + Zack: We enjoyed having a practice run for our wedding day. We both are not models and need a lot of guidance even when it comes to poses. So having Daysy get us out of our comfort zone and catching our candid moments was fun as well as made us more confident about the wedding day photos.
How did you find out about us?
Shelby: Zack’s sister found you on the internet. What caught your eyes about our work? The editing on photos was exactly what we wanted.
Not too dark or too light, making the pictures look natural and keep it realistic in the background. We also loved the choices of where photos were taking place at the wedding venues posted on the website. We wanted someone who could provide both photography and videography services in one place. That was difficult to find and we felt like we hit the jackpot when we found you. Planning a wedding during a pandemic has been difficult, but the personalized zoom meetings and phone conversations to reassure us that we will get the photos and videos we want was a great personal touch. We feel as if we have already built a relationship with you before our special day and are looking forward to you being there.