As of today, Griffin and I have been married for one year. If someone had told me two years ago that I would be celebrating my first year of marriage today, I absolutely would not have believed them. In fact, when one of my best friends, Kerry, told me in the summer of 2015 that she thought I would get married the following year, I actually got really frustrated with her. I wasn’t dating anyone, I was feeling burnt by past relationships, and I just KNEW that realistically, there was no way I'd be getting married in 2016.
I am so glad I was wrong.
Our story is one made possible by taking chances and the power of the internet. My friend and boss at the time was photographing a wedding with her husband in southern Kentucky on a Saturday in September, while I was working one of my other part time jobs as a receptionist at a hair salon in Cincinnati. I got a text from her that read, “Kath. I wish you were here. There’s a cute groomsmen.” This wasn’t the first time she had sent a text like that, and I was kind of brushing them off at that point. I was feeling particularly sassy that day, so all I text back was, “Does he love Jesus?” I don’t even know if I put a question mark. It may have been a period. It was more of a challenge than a question, my way of saying, “Don’t even bother, friend. I am truly not interested in random dudes, no matter how good looking.” The next text I got took me by surprise…
“He actually does! I walked up to the porch and he was listening to a sermon in SPANISH! He loves Jesus AND must love to travel, or something!”
I was intrigued, but I was also working an eight-hour shift at one of the busiest salons in the city. I put my phone down and kept working, checking it every hour or so. The texts kept coming in, including iPhone pictures she was taking of the display screen on the back of her Canon. I laughed them off.
My shift ended at 6:00, which meant it was the busiest part of the wedding day, and the texts from Leah had slowed down. I went about my night as usual. There was a music festival in Cincinnati that weekend, and I was meeting my friend to see her husband play at a local bar. While we were listening to his band go through soundcheck at the bar, I got out my phone and checked Facebook. I had a new friend request, from a guy by the name of Griffin Timo Frugé. We had one mutual friend, and his profile picture was frightening to say the least; a tan man, with a t-shirt on his head, a big goofy smile on his face, holding a plate with what looked like a monkey head on it in his left hand (confirmed), and a fork in the other. I was freaked. I held my phone out to my friend and said, “What is with these weird guys thinking they can add you on Facebook just because you have one friend in common?” and closed out of Facebook.
I got another text from Leah, “You might have a friend request from that guy. His name is Griffin!” Luckily for Griffin (and me in the long run,) I hardly ever deny friends on Facebook. Just leave them sitting in Facebook friend request purgatory. After I approved him, we started chatting, and five weeks later, Griffin made the drive from Nashville to Cincinnati so we could meet for the first time. We were engaged six months later, and married four months after that. And it has been the best thing.
In our first year of marriage, we…
- Traveled to the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon!
- Moved into our first apartment together.
- Watched some of our dearest friends' four kids seven and under for five days straight and survived.
- Navigated work schedules and what business trips away from each other is like.
- Joined small groups with a group of married friends that are now some of our closest friends.
- Hosted our first (albeit very small) Christmas party
- Got a whole heck of a lot better in the kitchen (Griffin at mixed drinks, me at basically everything because I had a lot of room to grow.)
- Worked together to fundraise for my trip to India with Crossroads, then sent me to India!
- Went to a Chance the Rapper concert and felt very old.
- Traveled to France for $3200
- Bought and moved into our first house!
- Photographed seven weddings as a husband-wife team!
I think it’s safe to say that this year has been super exciting, and now we have an exciting new venture that we’re so excited to share with you.
We are so happy to announce that we are now launching our very own wedding photography business, Kathryn Frugé Photography!
We are now booking weddings for 2018, and can’t wait to start working with couples for this upcoming wedding season. Interested in booking with us?