Engagements

Yoga Engagement Session

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About the couple

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<p>Photographer:  <a href="http://www.stephaniewestphotography.com" target="_blank">&nbsp;Stephanie West Photography</a>//Event Venue:The Dawes Arboretum//<br><br><a href="http://twobrightlights.com/" target="_blank">Submitted via Two Bright Lights</a><br><br></p>

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<p>Photographer:  <a href="http://www.stephaniewestphotography.com" target="_blank">&nbsp;Stephanie West Photography</a>//Event Venue:The Dawes Arboretum//<br><br><a href="http://twobrightlights.com/" target="_blank">Submitted via Two Bright Lights</a><br><br></p>

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CrossFit Couple: Luis & Virna

“I can truly say that my husband has seen me in my rawest form when I’m struggling ... devoid of makeup and flare, but he’s also seen me at my strongest. “

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Guys.

I'm giddy right now.

I seriously cannot contain my excitement!

Not only does it feel so good to be back blogging, I absolutely LOVE today's fit couple and the BEAUTIFUL, INTIMATE love story told through their engagement session with Jessica Perez Photography.

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It was love at first wall ball for Virna & Luis who describe themselves as one of the first couples to come out of CrossFit OCD in Kissimmee Florida, which has bred many more fit couples since!

To them, there was no question about whether to incorporate CrossFit in their engagement photos because they met and fell in love at CrossFit and, they spend the majority of their time there!

Virna also says CrossFit has been "one of the most influential experiences of my life," transforming the way she see herself and her abilities -- adding she's also never looked or felt better in her life!

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I had the opportunity to catch up with Virna over email and learn more about her and Luis' story. It's my honor and privilege to now share them with you! I love the community we're building here of strong, passionate men and women we find love and wellness all at once. Here's what Virna had to say:

Tell us how you met! Did it involve CrossFit?

Our first time meeting involved wall balls. I had set my ball at the center of the wall and he hadn’t realized that it belonged to someone so he kicked it out of the way and placed his ball in “my” spot. I then walked over to him and said, “Excuse you, that’s my ball” and he apologized and quickly replaced my ball as I uttered, “Who is this guy?” under my breath! LOL

When did you start doing CrossFit?

I started CrossFit in January 2013. With a few 6 month “off” periods since then.

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What box to you belong to?

I belong to CrossFit OCD in Kissimmee, FL

What prompted your interest in the sport?

A close friend of mine had started doing CrossFit and would come home beat yet would eagerly go back for more. I was confused about what was going on and curiosity got the best of me! I went and tried it out and have been at it since.

Did Luis start CrossFit around the same time?

Luis started CrossFit nearly a year after I did. He came across bodybuilding videos which eventually led to his discovery of Rich Froning so he searched for the nearest box and found CrossFit OCD.

What was your initial reaction to CrossFit?

My initial reaction was that the type of soreness I felt after my first few days couldn’t be “normal!”

I was sure I had done something wrong, however, it reminded me of childhood play, and I loved that.

What was your aim in doing CrossFit?

My initial aim was weight loss.

How has CrossFit changed your body?

I dropped two dress sizes, the size I wore in high school- over a decade ago! I developed pronounced arm muscles, my lower body became firm, and I started to develop the muscles in my abs!

Are you happy with those changes?

The best I’ve ever looked and felt!

Do you relate any elements of Crossfit to marriage?

Thankfully, training at our CrossFit box is something we both enjoy as individuals and something we share as most of our time together has been spent there! CrossFit has a humbling power to it. It strikes you at your core and then rebuilds and renews you.

I can truly say that my husband has seen me in my rawest form when I’m struggling through a WOD, devoid of all makeup and “flare” and he has also seen me at my strongest when I’m squatting 245 lbs.; bench-pressing 155 lbs.; or clean and jerking 145 lbs.

With CrossFit there is no room for pretense, your vulnerabilities are exposed and you’re urged to become comfortable with failure yet the victories are sweet and physical and mental growth is inevitable…. My husband and I cultivated our love for one another under these circumstances.

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Are there going to be CrossFit touches at your wedding?

Our wedding invitations were chalkboard theme and we will have a chalkboard wedding ceremony sign and a chalkboard photo backdrop. Our CrossFit OCD couple name is Team Luna, Lu- for Luis and Na- for Virna. Luna is the Spanish word for moon, so our wedding cake topper and reception menus are moon-themed…. Our recessional song, played by harp is, "Fly Me to the Moon."

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Do you have any advice for those new to CrossFit?

Invest in a good pair of “CrossFit specific” shoes and knee braces! Take before pictures as you will see results sooner than you think!

What's your favorite favorite Olympic lift?

I enjoy the clean & jerk, the way it looks and the way it feels.

What's your diet like?

A few years back I discovered the Beauty Detox Solution, a wellness book by Kimberly Snyder and she promotes the consumption of abundant greens and veggies. Dairy free, non-processed foods, no artificial sweeteners, etc. It’s similar to Paleo only without the meat. Just recently my fiancé and I have dabbled into the Bulletproof diet. We eat whole foods and steer away from junky foods. This way of eating feels best to me.

Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?

10 years from now… We will likely be raising an 8 year old and a 7 year old! Training together as a family in our home gym. Luis is currently pursuing a career in physical therapy and although I am a speech-language pathologist by profession, my passion has been nutrition. Within the next couple of years I will pursue studies to be a certified health coach and together I can imagine working with the people in our family and community to strive towards a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle!

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Fit for a Bride is definitely TEAM LUNA all the way!

Keep climbing you two!

Your journey has only just begun!

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Leave your comments for Virna and Luis below or over on Instagram!

Have you ever dreamt of meeting your future husband or wife at the gym? 


Imagery provided by Jessica Perez Photography.


CrossFit Couple: Ashley & Ryan

I love that mainstream media is finally catching onto CrossFit couples! Hooray! But truth? I've known CrossFit couples were bad ass for awhile now. (Especially considering I've participated in a shoot like this and know first-hand an overhead squat is hard to hold during a kiss!) Nevertheless it's not everyday I get a gorgeous CrossFit engagement in my inbox, but when I do, I almost always squeal! Such was the case with these light-filled photos of Ashley and Ryan, another bad-ass CrossFit couple set to be wed this August.

Ashley told me these photos were "so much fun to do," and that her and Ryan's relationship is "laid back," which I think Renee of Renacent Photography captured beautifully through the couple's engagement session at CrossFit Intensify in Springfield, Oregon. Jump below to read more about how these two met and how CrossFit plays a big part in their relationship, and don't skip over the proposal story - it's a one-of-a-kind!

Ashley and Ryan: Congratulations!

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How did you and Ryan met? 

Ryan and I met several years ago working together. I went on to work for another company and we lost touch, but found each other again randomly on Facebook and reconnected.

How did Ryan propose?

For the proposal, he rented out a small local theater and had me preparing for our monthly date night. When we got to the theater, he told me he had called in and paid for the tickets over the phone (he knows I would have tried to pay otherwise), and we went into the theater. The movie started to play and about 10 minutes later some late arrivals came in the theater. It was dark so of course I couldn’t see (plus we were in the front). The movie cut out and a new movie started playing... It was a video Ryan had made with music, pictures of us, and well wishes from all of our friends and family. At the end the lights turned on slightly and he had me stand up and he proposed. All of our friends and parents were there! It was perfect.

When did you start doing CrossFit? Have you always been athletic?

I actually started Crossfit one year ago. We belong to CrossFit Intensify in Springfield, Oregon. I was a cheerleader in high school but was not overly athletic besides that. I started going with Ryan on weekends a couple months before I officially joined so he could show me basic movements.

When did Ryan become a CrossFit instructor? What made him want to teach CrossFit?

Ryan became an instructor in 2012. He started doing Crossfit a year prior to that and loved the sport. He wanted to challenge himself to become better at public speaking. A couple of his best friends were very active in Crossfit and challenged him to try it out.

Did you participate in the 2015 Open? What are your current CrossFit goals?

We did not officially participate in the Open this year, but we did most of the workouts on Saturdays with the rest of the gym, which was a blast. My current goals are to get a bar muscle up, get better at rowing, and improve my technique on Oly lifting.

When you first started Crossfit, what was your initial reaction? 

When I first started Crossfit I was amazed at how sore my body could get, and how long it would stay sore! It was one of the hardest challenges I have ever put myself through. I wanted to become healthier and fitter. I had been doing the Insanity Program at home, and wanted to take my fitness to the next level. I didn’t realize how out of shape I was!

What was your aim in doing CrossFit? To get stronger? Lose weight? For pure enjoyment?

I wanted to get stronger and tone my body. I also loved how excited Ryan got about the gym and how important it was to him. I thought it would be something fun we could share together, and it has been such an amazing experience with him.

How has CrossFit changed your body? Are you happy with those changes?

Crossfit has made my body look better than I ever thought possible. When I look in the mirror and see muscles, it still surprises me! I was always so skinny, people used to call me twiggy in high school!  To have curves and definition and muscles has been the most gratifying thing. I used to think thin was the way to go. Now I believe strong is the new thin!

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Is Crossfit a big part of your relationship? In what ways? 

Crossfit has been a big part of our relationship. We push each other, we help each other, and we both understand what it feels like when you finish a tough workout, or when you feel disappointed in a workout. It has become one of the biggest aspects of my life, and to have someone who understands that and pushes me to work harder and never give up is something I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Do you relate any elements of Crossfit to marriage?

It definitely relates to marriage in all of those aspects. You always push each other to be the best versions of yourselves that you can be. We are always there for each other even when things get challenging. We are a team at the gym and in our relationship.

Do you plan to add any CrossFit touches to your wedding day?

We won’t be incorporating Crossfit into the wedding, other than looking fabulous in our wedding clothes! ;-)

Do you have any advice for those new to CrossFit?

I would say to those who are new to Crossfit or are wanting to try it out, don’t give up! It is hard, it will hurt, and it will push you not just physically, but mentally. But it will be an amazing experience. You will learn so much about yourself, and the first time you do something you never thought you would be able to do, you will be hooked! Not to mention the amazing people you will meet along the way!

What's your favorite CrossFit move/exercise/wod? 

Cindy is my favorite benchmark WOD. My current favorite movement would be handstand pushups. I just started doing them RX’d, so that has been fun! I also love toes through rings, and really anything on the rings. In terms of lifting, back squats are my absolute favorite, but lately I have been favoring squat snatches and push jerks.

If you don't mind, I'd like to ask you about your diet, too. Paleo seems to be the diet of most CrossFitters - do you eat paleo? 

We actually don’t do paleo! We just try to focus on healthy eating. We eat mostly chicken and turkey, and only the occasional red meat. A typical dinner for us is chicken breast, brown rice, and stir fried veggies. Paleo works great for a lot of people, but we both love so many of the foods that we would have to cut out... I don’t think we could do it! As long as we maintain our healthy lifestyle, we feel OK to splurge here and there. Nothing tastes better after a really hard workout than the occasional pizza and ice cream! Everything in moderation! :)

Thanks for the interview, Ashley and definitely check back with us after the big day!  

Imagery from Renacent Photography submitted via TwoBrightLights

CrossFit Date Night at CFFC for Southern Weddings

So, last week was pretty surreal! Seeing Aaron and me on the Southern Weddings' blog was awesome! I gained a bunch of new followers on Instagram (hi guys!) and really feel like I started the new year off with a bang!

I had to face some major fears, too. (I talked about overcoming fear in 2015.) A big one was sharing our feature with our box and all my CrossFit friends, as well as posting about it to Facebook. I had a few minor freak-outs but all the feedback I received was overwhelmingly positive! Everyone loved the feature and I have to say, I felt pretty honored to get to share our love for each other and CrossFit through such an amazing publication. Southern Weddings has been a long-time favorite of mine!

I hope you don't mind, I couldn't resist putting together a feature of my own with some of the images that didn't make it into Southern Weddings' post!

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Have you ever been in a photoshoot or featured on a blog?

Do you think you'd be nervous to share it with others?

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Our photographer Katie Nesbitt put together a sweet feature on us too over on her blog!  You're awesome, Katie - thank you so much again!

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Special thanks to my hubby, Aaron for going along with this and making it fun!

And thanks to our CrossFit box and coaches for being an awesome community of people! We love you guys!

See the feature on Southern Weddings!

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CrossFit Engagement: Niki & Mat

I love that we're seeing more and more CrossFit engagements in the wedding world!

As the sport grows in popularity, it's great to put faces and names with those numbers. I don't think many people realize CrossFit is a co-ed activity and, so naturally, couples gravitate to it! Such was the case for Niki and Mat who actually met long before they started CrossFit; however, they both fell fast in love with it and like most CrossFit couples will attest, it's been great for their relationship.

A coach at CrossFit Providence, I got to talk to Niki a little about how CrossFIt has changed her life, her view of her body and abilities, and her marriage! The lovely photos are courtesy of Samantha Marie Photography. Enjoy!

Meet Niki & Mat:

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When did you start doing CrossFit?

My husband and I started back when we were just dating in the Summer of 2011. I had tried it a bit in college but it just didn't fit my lifestyle at the time. We had a girlfriend who opened up one of the first boxes in our area (Bangor, Maine) so there was no on ramp! We were ALL in on ramp! No one in the area had ever really done it before!

What box to you belong to?

CrossFit Bangor back then. I eventually ended up coaching there and doing PR work for the gym, as well as running the intro program. Now I coach at CrossFit Providence in Rhode Island, and my husband is a member there with me :)

What prompted your interest in the sport?

A girlfriend of mine contacted me and told me she was opening the gym. 1 - so that I could join, because she knew I was interested, and 2 - to see if I could cover it on the news, since I was working as a reporter at the time. She's an amazing woman who juggles owning the gym and coaching classes, with being a full-time firefighter paramedic... and she's in the air guard. She's an inspiration, to say the very least.

Did your fiancé/husband participate too?

He did! I was surprised he joined so easily! When I asked him if he wanted to try it out with me he said yes right off the bat!

Did you two meet at a box, or meet before you started CrossFit?

Beforehand, playing trivia at a local bar.

Do you have an athletic background? if so, what sport did you play?

Matt was always a runner. I dance and I and played volleyball in college. We were both also regulars at the gym, but never really into lifting or anything like that all too much.

Did you participate in the 2014 Open?

We did! I came in third place in my gym - thanks to some awesome coaches and friends who didn't let me quit. I also helped with the media coverage of Regionals as part of the CrossFit HQ Media Staff.

Have you participated in the CrossFit Games in the past?

Yes! Most everyone at our gym in Maine was encouraged to participate in the games.

What are your CrossFit goals for 2014?

Consecutive Muscle Ups! Come on come on come on!

When you first started Crossfit, what was your initial reaction?

I definitely remember thinking that I was never going to not-be-sore ever again. Pain was just a constant in life now! And I remember how hard the act of sitting down was. I wondered... is this how it's going to be every time I go to sit in my car? At my desk at work? On the toilet?! It got better of course! But every time we're really, super, extra sore... Matt and I describe it to each other by referring to it as "First month of CrossFit sore," for emphasis.

What was your aim in doing CrossFit? To get stronger? Lose weight? For pure enjoyment?

I always wanted to lean out some... but I never expected my body to change as much as it has! I couldn't be happier! Matt on the other hand... was dying to put some weight ON. Everyone should have such problems!! :p

How has CrossFit changed your body? Are you happy with those changes?

I've dropped about 3 sizes and gained a whole lot of muscle. Sometimes I struggle, especially in a professional setting, with looking relatively "jacked" (at least according to some people), but I'd rather look healthy and strong than soft any day. I actually wrote an article about this for the upcoming October issue of RI Fit Magazine.

Is Crossfit a big part of your relationship? In what ways?

It definitely is! For starters, we prefer to work out together. It's more fun! Also, it allows us to have similar goals, which carries over into other parts of our relationship. We cook together because we like and appreciate similar foods. We cheat and feel guilty together when we have junk food! :) We understand the excitement of PRs, and the annoyance of not being able to get to the gym. And it doesn't hurt that it makes it easier to coordinate our schedules too!

Do you relate any elements of Crossfit to marriage?

Well there's a lot of cleaning in marriage. And sometimes someone can be a real jerk! ;) But in all truth, I think they can be similar in terms of strength, goal setting, and balance. You need GPP for any good marriage, since you never know what life is going to throw at you!

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What's your favorite workout to do together?

We really like partner workouts and doing competitions together! We also prefer workouts with quick body weight movements like pull ups, toes to bar, and box jumps. But as for full WODs... we have different favorites because we have very different strengths.

Do you add any CrossFit touches to your wedding day?

The best touch of all... all our closest friends from the gym! They came in pretty handy when we did a traditional Jewish dance that involves being carried around the room while sitting in chairs....

Do you have any advice for newbie CrossFitters?

DON'T BE INTIMIDATED. We were all scared when we started! But the community is so wonderful, you will feel right at home. That, and don't give up! You WILL see changes if you stick to the program, I promise!

I heard you recently got certified to coach - congrats! Can you tell me a little about your decision to do that and what the process has been like?

I've been coaching now for nearly 3 years and I love every minute of it (even the 5:30 am classes)! I originally decided to coach because I wanted to bring people into the on-ramp program and show them how and why CrossFit has worked so well for me. I loved the program so much I just wanted to pass it on!

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Do you have advice for other women interested in doing CrossFit prior to their big day?

Stick with whatever program you have AS BEST AS YOU CAN but DO NOT FRET if you can't get all your workouts in! YOU ARE A BUSY LADY leading up to your wedding day! If you skip a workout or two you will NOT look fat in your wedding dress! So relax, there's plenty of time to get to the gym in this life.

ALSO don't practice lots of MU transitions the week before your wedding - you will get big bruises on the backs of your arms and freak out about them not healing in time! (even tho they do!) hahaha live and learn :)

If you don't mind, I'd like to ask you about your diet, too. Paleo seems to be the diet of most CrossFitters - do you eat paleo?

We're pretty paleo during the week (it's easy when you pack your food for work!) but we tend to do whatever on the weekends. For about two months before our wedding I was wicked strict with my diet - no cheats. We must have had more free junk food at work in those two months than EVER before, but I stuck with it. And you know what? I don't even think I noticed a difference really! Hahaha

Was that way of eating something you learned about through box? What were the results of eating paleo? Did you lose weight? feel better? get stronger?

When I first started CrossFit, I dropped a pant size almost immediately. I felt great, strong, happy, and I thought "no way am I restricting my diet that much, this is already working for me!" Well then wouldn't you know we organize our first paleo challenge at the gym... and nearly everyone at our small box signed up. SO I did too. And I hated it for about two weeks. Then I loved it. I felt better, looked better, and everything just seemed to fall into place. So I stuck with it! We've been about 805 ever since!

What's your favorite paleo snack?

Coconut Butter!

Care to share your time on a favorite benchmark WOD? (So we can be jealous!)

I'm pretty happy with my 4:19 Grace!

What's your favorite CrossFit move, exercise or WOD?

Power Cleans are my favorite! But I've been working on my snatch and it's really coming along!!

Thanks for the interview, Niki and for sharing these awesome photos with us! Best of luck to you and Mat! CrossFit on! :) 

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Photographer:  Samantha Marie Photography | Location: Crossfit Bangor

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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CrossFit Engagement: Vince and Gabby

Happy Monday all!

Meet Vince and Gabby -- the cutest CrossFit couple, ever!

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Vince and Gabby got married last month and I'm so honored to get to share their engagement photos. I've seen quite a few and I have to say: they are THE cutest CrossFit couple, ever! Their joy is infectious and these photos just make me so happy -- I love how bright and colorful they are and how much fun they're having! It reminds me how fun CrossFit is, and more and more, I'm convinced CrossFit is the secret ingredient to a fun-loving marriage.

Just look at the the faces on Gabby and Vince!! From what they've shared, CrossFit has been great for them! They've been doing it a year with no plans to quit anytime soon. Thanks so much for sharing these images with us, guys. Now, a Q&A with the bride:

When did you start doing CrossFit?

We both started CrossFit about a year ago.

What prompted your interest?

Just hearing a lot of CrossFit talk, I found a Groupon and decided to give it a try.

Did your fiancé participate too?

Yes, we both started together.

Do you have an athletic background?

I have always been athletic. In high school I played plenty of sports, including softball, soccer and volleyball. After team sports I just did circuit training and running. Vincent used to play baseball and after high school he stopped working out. He started to do circuit training six months before crossfit.

When you first started, what was your initial reaction?

This is f*cken crazy! LoL

How often do you go now?

We try to go 5 days a week!

What was your aim in doing CrossFit? To get stronger? Lose weight? Or for pure enjoyment?

I was looking for something to keep me interested. Running can be so boring and I would fall in and out if it. Losing weight is always a benefit. For Vincent, it was getting his life back on track, which meant losing weight and feeling better about himself.

How has CrossFit changed your body?

We have both definitely lost inches!!! It has also changed my view as to what I want my body to look like. It's not "I want to be skinny;" it's "I want to be strong and proud of my body."

Are you happy with those changes?

Most definitely!

Is CrossFit a big part of your relationship? In what ways?

CrossFit is a huge part of our relationship. It's awesome how we both enjoy it together. A smack in the ass here, good job there. Being able to share the lingo, PR's, technique. It's a place we can both shine in our own different ways. Once you are in the box everything else goes out the door!

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Do you relate any elements of Crossfit to marriage?

Of course, there will be good days and some not so good, but you keep showing up, trying hard and don't give up.

What's your favorite workout to do together?

We love to do DU's together. They were a struggle for the both of us, so we "hated" them for a long time... But NOT anymore :)

Do you both like lifts or, does one prefer lifting and the other cardio?

We both lift heavy shit! LoL

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I love that you included your pup in the photos; what's your dog's name?

Princess, she is definitely a part of our family so we wanted to include her.

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Were your friends and family surprised to see you two CrossFitting for your engagement session?

Yes, it's obviously not the typical engagement session. Who knows they might think it's silly, but I wanted to incorporate something that we both enjoy together as a couple. It has changed our life's and only Vincent and I know how much it means to us.

Do you plan to add any touches of CrossFit to your wedding day?

No, we are having a cowboy theme for our wedding-- we didn't want to go over board w/themes LoL.

Do you have advice for other women interested in doing CrossFit prior to their big day?

I always encourage anyone to do crossfit. It's for all levels, and life changing.

Would you suggest they do it?

Just give it a try!

Paleo seems to be the diet of most CrossFitters. Do you eat paleo?

Yes, we try to be 80/20 paleo. We also like our beers. LoL

What were the results of eating paleo? Did you lose weight? feel better? get stronger?

We have both seen great benefits and it's been easy to incorporate into our lifestyle. Vincent has lost tons of weight, it's changed his life. I haven't seen a drop in weight but my body has changed in so many ways. I'm stronger then ever.

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To see Gabby and Vince's other engagement photos, visit Sophie Rybalov's blog here.

Sophie: Thank you for sharing these awesome photos!

Gabby and Vince: Congratulations! Not just on finding love, but on finding something you love to do together!

I really love the these two concluded their e-session with this AMRAP 4EVER:

"AMRAP 4EVER" 5 kisses 10 Hugs 15 I'm Sorry's

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To see more CrossFit engagements like this one, go here.

If you know a CrossFit couple (or you're a CrossFitter!) submit your love story here or ask your photographer to submit via TwoBrightLights!

Noble CrossFit Engagement with Traci J. Brooks

Hey guys! Happy Monday! I'm kicking off the week with a feature of my two new friends: Laura & Nate, owners of Noble CrossFit, engaged to be wed this September! CrossFit Couple - CrossFit Noble

As a blogger, it's one thing to get to publish the stories of CrossFit couples (I'm honored to!) and I love getting to virtually meet their photographers, but it's a whole different thing to get to meet these people in person and even better, workout with them!

Well, it just so happens Noble CrossFit is pretty close by where I work, so I headed there last Friday to meet Traci J. Brooks, the photographer, and WOD with her, Laura, and Nate. It can be pretty nerve-racking to drop into an unknown box but the folks at Noble CrossFit were wonderful! I absolutely love the fact that Laura's mom coaches there, too, and I hear Nate's dad drops in from time-to-time. Gotta love when fitness is a family business!

There's seriously nothing like a workout to bring people together, too! Especially a tough workout like the one on the books Friday - 6 rounds of 6 muscle-ups and 15 walls balls with a scaling option of 2 chest-to-bar pull-ups and 2 ring dips for each muscle-up (totaling 6 pull-ups and 6 ring dips for each of the six rounds)! Traci and I hit it off immediately and halfway through the workout we were giving each other nods to keep pushing - such is what I love about this sport! Meanwhile, Laura was practicing bar muscle-ups! She's a beast, ya'll!

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I asked Laura to answer a few questions about CrossFit, her engagement, and life as a box owner. Continue reading for her responses!

When did you start doing CrossFit? 2012

What box to you belong to? Noble CrossFit!

What prompted your interest in the sport? I was doing body building style workouts at the gym and it got very boring! I've always loved to lift weights.

Did your fiancé/husband participate too? Yes, he introduced me to it!

Did you two meet at a box, or meet before you started CrossFit? Before we started.

Do you have an athletic background? What sport did you play? I've played just about every sport you can play. I have played (and still play) soccer since I can remember.

What are your CrossFit goals for 2014? This list could last forever but a sub 4-minute Fran time, a 175 lb clean and jerk, and 300 lb deadlift.

When you first started CrossFit, what was your initial reaction? This is amazing!

What was your aim in doing CrossFit? To get stronger? Lose weight? For pure enjoyment? Get Stronger

How has CrossFit changed your body? I initially lost a pant size & gained a six pack (like within a week!). Now, I'm back up to my normal pant size (big butts are fine by me!) and I've had to increase my caloric intake.

Are you happy with those changes? Absolutely! What woman doesn't want to eat more delicious food! My only struggle is finding close for an athletic build but there are worse things in the world!

Is CrossFit a big part of your relationship? In what ways? Yes, my fiance and I own and operate Noble CrossFit and we have met a ton of amazing people there.

Do you relate any elements of CrossFit to marriage? Yes, CrossFit is about never throwing in the towel and giving up, it's about being honest about your workouts and being supportive of the community. All of these pertain to marriage and always standing by your partner, telling the truth and being there for one another.

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What's your favorite workout to do together? We mostly compete against each other for fun. He usually wins but I'll pull through on occasion. We both enjoy competition and pushing each other.

Do you add any CrossFit touches to your wedding day? We really only did engagement photos related to CrossFit. I've been on the hunt for some good looking barbell cuff links though!

Do you have any advice for newbie CrossFitters like myself? Confidence is key! Don't ever think you can't do something. Lifting with confidence will bring you amazing PRs!

Do you have advice for other women interested in doing CrossFit prior to their big day? DO IT! Just make sure you are aware of any marks that might be left by atlas stones or tires!

Would you suggest they do it? Absolutely! We actually have quite a few weddings coming up in our box and it's helped them push harder.

Paleo seems to be the diet of most CrossFitters - do you eat paleo? Not really. I love dairy. I eat high protein (200g a day) with about 25% carbs and 35% fat. Listening to your body is very important though. I know if my body needs carbs or fat for energy.

Was that way of eating something you learned about through box? Kind of, I learned through Precision Nutrition, nutritional course I'm almost done with.

What were the results of eating paleo? Did you lose weight? feel better? get stronger? I have had several PR's and continue to get better at everything.

Additionally, would you care to share your time on a favorite benchmark WOD? I don't know if I have a favorite but Fran is 5:42 and Annie is 6:32.

What's your favorite CrossFit move/exercise/wod? I love the Olympic lifts! Cleans are probably my favorite movement. I do love some handstand push ups too!

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Congratulations Laura & Nate and I can't wait to see the wedding photos! Thanks for having me at Noble CrossFit! I hope we get to workout together again soon!

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All photos courtesy of Traci J. Brooks Studios via TwoBrightLights.

If you're in the Northern Virginia area in search of an engagement, wedding, or lifestyle photographer, check out Traci's website!

Do you and your fiancé active? Are you box owners or regular CrossFitters?

Submit your story today!

Chelsea & Sean's Snowy Engagement by Tega Photography

We got freezing rain in DC last night and supposedly, there's more on the way. I'm certainly not complaining though! I love sitting in a big comfy recliner, blogging by the fire (and not going to work), especially when I get to share images like these, of sweet couples playing in the snow, making their engagement session one to remember! This playful e-session from Tega Photography is one of my very favorites! It's natural and fun, but totally romantic too - I love the images of Chelsea and Sean hiding under his coat for a kiss! These two didn't expect it to snow on the day they planned to take their engagement photos, but they made the best of the situation, went to a brewery for board games and then made a few snow angels! I'd say these two are set for any swings marriage may throw their way! I love their spirited, laid back love which is so evident in these photos.

Congrats on your engagement Chelsea & Sean!

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Photography by Tega Photography submitted via Two Bright Lights.

Have you made snow angels with your significant other?

What's your best memory of playing in the snow?  

CrossFit Engagement Shoot by Ava Moore Photography

Our relationship isn’t only about us, but about trying to be role models for our athletes and how we can inspire others to strive for a healthy lifestyle, a strong loving relationship, and a community that you can call your family.

Good morning + happy Monday! I am beyond thrilled to share this engagement session by Ava Moore Photography with you today. It is by far my very favorite, and I bet you can guess why! Yep, it's a couple just as smitten with CrossFit as they are with each-other, and it's all evident in their e-session! I love it! Read below how Brittany and Will met at a CrossFit box!


From Brittany:

I walked into Crossfit Charleston January 2011 with a friend of mine who had been crossfitting for a few years already. I had heard about it through several friends and figured it was time I tried it out. So, as Will tells the story, I walked across the parking lot in a red dress and he immediately knew he had to meet me. Will is the owner and head coach of Crossfit Charleston, so he coached me in my first class and later that night, he called our mutual friend and asked about me. St. Patrick's Day 2011 was our first official date!

I fell in love with Will very easily, he has a heart of gold, a heart for Christ, and a passion to give to his athletes and his community that is empowering. I'm motivated each day to become a better person because of him.  Crossfit Charleston is our second home... although sometimes I think its our first home, but it helps us continue to build our relationship. Our relationship isn't only about us, but about trying to be role models for our athletes and how we can inspire others to strive for a healthy lifestyle, a strong loving relationship, and a community that you can call your family. I never would have thought God would bless me with such an amazing man and on top of that a Crossfit box I can call my family.

All photos by Ava Moore Photography - you really hit this one of the park, Ava!

You guys know how obsessed I am with CrossFit and how much I've enjoyed doing it with Aaron... it's really strengthened our relationship and one good thing about our box: there's lots of couples! I can see how people meet their significant others at a place like this - the common interest is obvious!

Of course, the couple did a few traditional photos, too... and they're gorgeous!

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Imagery provided by Ava Moore Photography.


Thank you so much, Ava, for this submission. Also, special thanks for Brittany for taking the time to respond to my emails and tell the story of how she met Will, and how these pictures came to be!

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