It was always Kylie’s lifelong dream to earn a degree from Vanderbilt University. In May, she got to realize that dream alongside Eddie, her husband and college sweetheart, as they both walked across the stage with Masters Degrees from their new alma mater.

From 2015-2018, Kylie and I taught together in the same middle school here in Jackson. She introduced me to barre, always had an encouraging word for me on tough days (there are a LOT of those in middle school!) and continuously set a high standard for her students and her colleagues. I was sad to see her go when she left to pursue her Master of Education at Vandy, but simultaneously so excited for her! And when she called me about doing a grad session for her and Eddie to commemorate their excitement and hard work, my answer was a no-brainer!

Vanderbilt’s colors are black and gold, and Kylie and Eddie seamlessly included them in the theme of their session with class. Kylie wore a fun black and white polka dot dress from Shop Amelia Styles and added yellow heels for that pop of gold. (Adding a pop of color like this is ALWAYS a good idea!!)

Eddie went with a simple classic black tux. (You can never go wrong with a black tux!) But if you look closely, you’ll notice that his bow tie and his socks are clad in a touch of VU regalia. I love the subtlety and sophistication of his look!

I loved getting the grand tour of some of Vanderbilt’s most stunning architecture by these two. And it was so evident the entire time how completely smitten they are with this school and each other! And how proud they are to have achieved such an awesome goal TOGETHER.

You know that song that goes, “Home is wherever I’m with you?” I think about Kylie and Eddie when I hear that song. From undergrad in Illinois to their first jobs in Tennessee, and from Nashville to Jackson and back, and then to purchasing a new home and pursuing new careers next in Illinois, the two of them know where home is– together. Isn’t it such a sweet realization to have the peace that comes with finding your forever home, not in a location, but in a person?

Kylie and Eddie, I am SO thankful I got to document this milestone for you! And even more thankful we had the change to catch up one last time before you left Tennessee. I wish you guys all of God’s blessings for your future in Rochester! I hope you enjoyed just a few of my favorites from Kylie and Eddie’s graduate session at Vanderbilt University.