Happy Birthday, JD

Happy Birthday, JD


I walked into your parents’ house, my body almost begging for the familiar smells of you. Tide laundry detergent, tightly-packed mud in your soccer cleats, the scent of your neck, just behind your ear. I missed you the way I’d miss an appendage, phantom pain of something that once was. You weren’t there–you’d been away at college for a couple months–but I visited your childhood home for something, I don’t remember what. I really just wanted to be around anything you.

We broke up just before you left to college and you left the remnants of my heart scattered like a fading constellation in the Los Angeles sky. I wrote you long letters filled with cursive penmanship, you called me collect from your dorm pay phone, and we agreed to meet in November. That night in November, so many years ago, we sat under the stars at the Griffith Observatory and you promised to make the pieces of my constellation whole again.

Today is your birthday and I want to thank you for making me whole. Again. I don’t wash your clothes with Tide, and your soccer cleats are packed away, but your scent? The familiar smell of you? It’s still there, tucked just behind your ear. And all these years later, I’m thankful to build a universe of memories based on the amazingness of who you are.

Happy Birthday, my love.

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  1. Anna -

    So romantic 🙂

      3.7.12 - 2:12 pm

  2. Life with Kaishon -

    Oh. This made me cry. Happy Birthday JD.

      3.7.12 - 2:20 pm

  3. Stephanie Stewart -

    So incredibly sweet! Happy Birthday, JD!!!

      3.7.12 - 2:31 pm

  4. polyana -

    awww, sooo romantic – happy birthday JD:)

      3.7.12 - 2:33 pm

  5. Rachel Tatem -

    What a sweet love sonnet to your husband. I love that there is another couple who is loud about how much they love each other, how much they like working together… Most people make Chris and I feel like we are insane and that we have some issue.

    Happy Birthday JD, though I don’t know you I feel as if I can say two things very truthfully:
    One: you are an amazing husband
    Two: You seem like a fantastic person!

    I’m excited about getting the chance to meet you both tomorrow.

      3.7.12 - 2:33 pm

  6. Maxann -

    Truly beautiful words! You both are lovely people- Happy Birthday, JD! Hope you both have a wonderful day!

      3.7.12 - 2:39 pm

  7. yadira richards -

    Happy Birthday JD :)!!!!

      3.7.12 - 2:43 pm

  8. Trix Malan -

    Such a beatiful tribute. Happy Birthday JD!

      3.7.12 - 2:46 pm

  9. Yuliana -

    Happy Birthday JD!! Have an awesome day with you love Jasmine and Polo 😀

      3.7.12 - 2:51 pm

  10. Dana Laymon -

    AWWWWWW! Too sweet for words! Happy Birthday, JD!

      3.7.12 - 2:53 pm

  11. z. lynn -

    "You promised to make me whole. Again." I love your love. Youve brought tears to my eyes, yet again. Thank you for such a beautiful story!

      3.7.12 - 2:59 pm

  12. Kate Douthwright -

    This is so beautiful. Happy birthday JD!! I hope you two have an awesome day today! On a bus…but I’m sure you’ll get creative with your celebrating!

      3.7.12 - 3:00 pm

  13. z. lynn -

    "You promised to make me whole. Again." Such a beautiful sentiment. I love your love. You inspire me to love more. Thank you!

      3.7.12 - 3:02 pm

  14. z. lynn -

    "You promised to make me whole. Again." Such a beautiful sentiment. I love your love. You inspire me to love more. Thank you!

      3.7.12 - 3:02 pm

  15. z. lynn -

    "You promised to make me whole. Again." Such a beautiful sentiment. I love your love. You inspire me to love more. Thank you!

      3.7.12 - 3:02 pm

  16. z. lynn -

    "You promised to make me whole. Again." Such a beautiful sentiment. I love your love. You inspire me to love more. Thank you!

      3.7.12 - 3:02 pm

  17. z. lynn -

    "You promised to make me whole. Again." Such a beautiful sentiment. I love your love. You inspire me to love more. Thank you!

      3.7.12 - 3:02 pm

  18. Karen -

    So personal and open. I love it.

      3.7.12 - 3:10 pm

  19. Janelle Chung -

    Happy Birthday JD!!!! You are definately as sweet as Jasmine describes you in her blog!!! I am so happy I finally got to meet you in Atlanta! May God bless you and I hope you have many wonderful birthdays!!!

      3.7.12 - 3:16 pm

  20. Leslie Davis -

    Made my heart melt! … <3 it!

      3.7.12 - 3:22 pm

  21. Gabby / En Route Photography -

    Awwww… that is so so beautiflu Jas! I wish I had someone to love this much! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JD!!! U r the luckiest guy eveeeer! ;D

      3.7.12 - 3:26 pm

  22. Jennifer Pharr -

    Happy Birthday, JD. I hope that you have a great one!

      3.7.12 - 3:30 pm

  23. Marie Stephens -


      3.7.12 - 3:34 pm

  24. LEOLAK -

    Awww….beautiful post. Happy Birthday JD!

      3.7.12 - 3:36 pm

  25. Christina Shumway -

    This is beautiful. I always swoon when I hear/read a love story. Brings my heart hope 🙂

      3.7.12 - 3:45 pm

  26. Lupe Ruiz -

    aww…why you gotta get me all teary eyed so early in the morning?!?! Happy birthday to JD!!! I hope you both have a wonderful day celebrating!

      3.7.12 - 3:46 pm

  27. Kat -

    How beautiful Jasmine! How blessed you are to have the love of your life with you…you’ve made me teary eyed.
    Happy Birthday JD!! I wish you both the best!

      3.7.12 - 4:07 pm

  28. Molly W. -

    I wanted this blog post to keep going! I love hearing your love story. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JD! May God abundantly bless your upcoming year!

      3.7.12 - 4:22 pm

  29. Gail -

    AHHHHH happiest of birthdays to you, JD! (throws confetti!) Hope you get to enjoy some cake on the tour 🙂

    PS – I LOVE that you two’s love story involves Griffith Observatory. Is there any place more romantic? I think not (well, Paris, maybe, but still 😉 )

    Hugs and love!

      3.7.12 - 4:23 pm

  30. Laura Stricklin -

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JD!!! Well said, J!

      3.7.12 - 4:25 pm

  31. Wendi Solari -

    So very sweet.

      3.7.12 - 4:40 pm

  32. Deborah -

    So sweet! You two are adorably perfect!

    Happy Birthday JD!

      3.7.12 - 4:41 pm

  33. Andrea -

    *tears streaming down my face* Happy birthday JD.

      3.7.12 - 4:41 pm

  34. Sarah Phillips -

    You have such a way with words. <3 Happy Birthday, JD!

      3.7.12 - 4:46 pm

  35. Haley Johnston -

    Happy Birthday JD! March birthdays are for all the cool kids out there! (My birthday is tomorrow)

      3.7.12 - 4:47 pm

  36. Camille -

    Everyone wishes for that kind of love…you two are blessed and perfect for eachother. Happy day to you both!

      3.7.12 - 4:47 pm

  37. BreezeStyling -

    why am i crying? haha

      3.7.12 - 4:48 pm

  38. Matt -

    Very cool!
    Happy Birthday JD!

      3.7.12 - 4:49 pm

  39. Robyn -

    Beautiful! 🙂 Happy birthday, JD. Can’t wait to see you guys in Chicago next week!

      3.7.12 - 4:49 pm

  40. Patricia Rossi -

    This is so sweet of you!!!!

      3.7.12 - 4:50 pm

  41. Lucy -

    oh happy day jd! you may not know it – but you inspire people every day just being you.

      3.7.12 - 4:50 pm

  42. Noreen -

    Aw, what a sweet love letter to the birthday boy from the wife…reading it gives me giggles like a teenage girl reading a romantic novel…:) Happy birthday, JD…

      3.7.12 - 4:50 pm

  43. Morgan Jenkins -

    Totally teared up.. Happy Birthday Jd!! :]

      3.7.12 - 4:51 pm

  44. Sarah Illingworth -

    Aww, this just brought a tear to my eye! Here’s to true love and happy endings!

      3.7.12 - 4:52 pm

  45. Lorna Roberts -

    So heartfelt and beautiful. In the words of Phoebe from Friends: "He’s your lobster"!! x

      3.7.12 - 4:52 pm

  46. Pri Camara -

    LOVE this post!

      3.7.12 - 4:52 pm

  47. kim james -

    Exquisitely written.

      3.7.12 - 4:55 pm

  48. Max -

    You two are cute. Happy Birthday JD!

      3.7.12 - 4:55 pm

  49. April -

    Gah! Who doesn’t love a fantastic love story?!
    Happy Birthday, JD – and many more!

      3.7.12 - 4:57 pm

  50. Christopher Poisella -

    A VERY happy birthday to JD!! See you both on Friday in NYC.

      3.7.12 - 4:57 pm

  51. Jodie Lemke -

    Aww Jasmine this one made me cry! You two are beautiful! Happy Birthday JD!

      3.7.12 - 4:58 pm

  52. Lymarie -

    What beautiful words J*! Gustavo and I pray that the Lord may continue to bless you as individuals, your marriage and your business, and that He may continue to use you for His Glory. Happy Birthday JD!!!!

      3.7.12 - 4:59 pm

  53. Shannon K. -

    Can’t imagine a universe where Jasmine and JD aren’t together. What was that boy thinking? Such a touching post. Happy birthday to JD!!

      3.7.12 - 4:59 pm

  54. Cecilia -

    Happy Birthday JD!

      3.7.12 - 5:00 pm

  55. Katelyn James -

    gosh…. this sounds so so familiar…. what is it with November and college and rough relationship patches? God takes those seasons and produces something beautiful from them:)

      3.7.12 - 5:03 pm

  56. Bong -

    Happy Birthday JD!

      3.7.12 - 5:03 pm

  57. Elizabeth Glessner -

    Happy birthday, JD!! Hope you have an extraordinary day living’ it up in Nashville!

      3.7.12 - 5:04 pm

  58. Carlos Valencia -

    Happy Birthday JD

      3.7.12 - 5:09 pm

  59. Vangie R. Abrera -

    Very sweet Jasmine. Happy Birthday to JD! Can’t wait to meet you both at The Fix SF.

      3.7.12 - 5:09 pm

  60. Laura Radniecki -

    As someone who also married their high school sweetheart, I find my heart swelling and my eyes brimming at this post. My husband and I too broke up as college came. But together, we picked up the pieces and are making each other whole again daily, making our way through the world together. Happy Birthday JD!

      3.7.12 - 5:10 pm

  61. Mia Bjerring -

    Happy birthday to JD!! I hope you both have an amazing day 🙂

      3.7.12 - 5:15 pm

  62. Martha Davidson -

    I love your love story! You are a beautiful story teller Jasmine.

      3.7.12 - 5:16 pm

  63. Stephanie Dunn -

    Beautifly said. Your love is one for the books. Happy Birthday JD!

      3.7.12 - 5:16 pm

  64. Latina -

    Beautiful. Happy Birthday JD! You both are an inspiration and dream team!


      3.7.12 - 5:21 pm

  65. joan solitario -

    happy birthday JD! 😀

      3.7.12 - 5:24 pm

  66. Shauna Nicole -

    So cuttttttte <3:)

      3.7.12 - 5:25 pm

  67. Kathy -

    That is so sweet! JD, I hope you have a blessed day filled with love from J*, Polo, Family and friends!

      3.7.12 - 5:27 pm

  68. darling paumen -

    I love this post Jasmine – Been married 15 yrs to my high school sweetheart and I feel the same way!


      3.7.12 - 5:27 pm

  69. Krista -

    What beautiful words!!! I envy what you share together, it doesn’t happen to us all so cherish every moment!! Happy Birthday JD!!!!

      3.7.12 - 5:27 pm

  70. Michael Chaves -

    Happy Birthday JD. Like my wife tells me .. Life is like wine , with age you can only get better.

      3.7.12 - 5:28 pm

  71. Misty Minna Photography -

    This is so beautifully written Jasmine. Happy Birthday to JD!

      3.7.12 - 5:30 pm

  72. ingrid -

    That is the most beautiful birthday card I have ever read.

      3.7.12 - 5:31 pm

  73. Clarivel.ann -

    Happy birthday, J.D.!! God is so awesome. 🙂

      3.7.12 - 5:34 pm

  74. Mikaela -

    that is some seriously beautiful writing. love you guys and your story. happy birthday jd!!

      3.7.12 - 5:35 pm

  75. Adrienne McNellis -

    I can see you running the streets of Nashville. 😉

    You were absolutely wonderful last night. You are so REAL in a business of so many BS people.

      3.7.12 - 5:36 pm

  76. Marjorie Etienne -

    Very touching and beautiful. Happy Birthday JD!

      3.7.12 - 5:40 pm

  77. Davenna Trahan -

    Pass the tissue please!

      3.7.12 - 5:43 pm

  78. Ashley Goodwin -

    I’m over here crying in my hotel room.

      3.7.12 - 5:50 pm

  79. Alouise -

    wow that is SO beautiful. Happy birthday JD.

      3.7.12 - 5:51 pm

  80. Laurie -

    Happy birthday JD!!! Hope it’s a great one!!! So nice to finally meet u guys yesterday! Thanks for coming to Nashville!

      3.7.12 - 6:05 pm

  81. Linda -

    Very touching and moving. I’m confident that you could write a best selling novel 🙂 And I absolutely love the observatory! This is the kind of story we all dream will come true 🙂

      3.7.12 - 6:07 pm

  82. Lydia -

    Happy B’day JD! You and Jasmine are an inspiration on what it means to love well!

      3.7.12 - 6:10 pm

  83. emily -

    aw jasmine, that is so adorable! happy birthday, JD!

      3.7.12 - 6:51 pm

  84. Kristy Dickerson -

    You guys are just awesome together…. and your way with words Jasmine… Well perfect. Happy Birthday JD! So good to see both of you this week! Hugs!

      3.7.12 - 6:52 pm

  85. Carla -

    I just found your site and I think your photography is just amazing! I heard that I just missed you in Nashville. Would love to attend one of your workshops if you ever get around Chattanooga, Nashville or Atlanta.

      3.7.12 - 6:57 pm

  86. Sunday -

    I wasn’t able to meet you at The Fix in Atlanta, but my husband and I did have the great honor of meeting JD. He was so kind and concerned if we were comfortable and had everything we needed. What a great man. I also enjoyed watching him throughout the night, laughing at your jokes and making everything went smoothly. Happy Birthday!

      3.7.12 - 7:11 pm

  87. ashley barnett -

    Lawd child, got me all weepy over here! 🙂 Beautiful post. JD shares a birthday with the most amazing person on earth- my momma! Happy Birthday JD!

      3.7.12 - 7:11 pm

  88. Barbara Marcella -

    beautiful!! happy birthday JD and hope you both have a great day!! =)

      3.7.12 - 7:16 pm

  89. Rose Brown -

    Jasmine!!! Are you TRYING to make me/us cry?! How beautiful! I hope you two enjoy this beautiful day. I can’t wait to see you on Friday!

      3.7.12 - 7:34 pm

  90. Tamm -

    So SWEET!

      3.7.12 - 7:41 pm

  91. Alexis -

    Aww, ya’ll are so sweet! 🙂 I love it when true love stories work out. Sure, relationships are work but who says you can’t have the fairy tale in terms of being with the one person God made just for you? 🙂 You should listen to the song, "When God Made You" by Newsong! It reminds me of you and JD (at least what I read about ya’ll on your blog)! 🙂 Here’s a direct link to the song – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIdnp0z0OCA

      3.7.12 - 7:42 pm

  92. Yasmin Sarai -

    Happy birthday JD! I know that we have you to thank for the amazingness that is JASMINE STAR! My husband and I will see y’all in SF!

      3.7.12 - 7:48 pm

  93. Ginny -

    Love the happy ending. Happy Birthday JD. 😉 Great meeting you in Atlanta J*. You ROCKED it!!

      3.7.12 - 8:04 pm

  94. denise karis -


      3.7.12 - 8:15 pm

  95. DASHY -

    Happy Birthday, JD! Best wishes and hope that you’ll have a nice celebration with Jasmine and all of your loved ones. J-Star, you are so poetic and romantic! =)

      3.7.12 - 8:19 pm

  96. Bethany Ann -

    It was so nice meeting you last night at The Fix in Nashville. 🙂 And, Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday JD!!!!!

      3.7.12 - 8:23 pm

  97. Danielle McCann -

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JD!!! You guys are amazing. <3

      3.7.12 - 8:25 pm

  98. Shannon Von Eschen -

    This makes me cry too. I left Jason for college and although we didn’t break up, he was angry at me for leaving and even I made him send me his shirts to sleep in while I was away. We married after my first year away, and so I moved home. I was only 19, but we’ve been married 8 years now. How time has flown by. Please tell JD Happy Birthday. Can’t wait to see you both in March. xx

      3.7.12 - 8:33 pm

  99. Breanna Fogg -

    So sweet!

      3.7.12 - 8:43 pm

  100. Bernadette Fastnedge -

    Beautiful words Jasmine. A very happy birthday JD!!

      3.7.12 - 9:31 pm

  101. Laura Metzger -

    That is the most AMAZING birthday sentiment EVER. Happy Birthday JD.

      3.7.12 - 10:18 pm

  102. Christina Dely -

    I adore the way you write. Happy birthday JD!!!!

      3.7.12 - 10:18 pm

  103. Ashley Perez -

    Oh my goodness this is beautiful! You should hear my cards to J on his birthday…no, you shouldn’t. They’re awful. Happy birthday JD! And Jasmine, please help me write all my birthday cards, okay?

      3.7.12 - 10:57 pm

  104. Denise Prichett -

    Happy Birthday JD!!! You two so complete each other!!! Your words, Jasmine, so strong and simple – painting an amazing picture! Enjoy!!!

      3.7.12 - 11:55 pm

  105. Kristen -

    So beautiful. I bet it even made JD cry!!

      3.8.12 - 12:27 am

  106. Shane Bradley -

    Jd…gotta love that guy! The style of a Parisian and heart of a Canadian! Happy Birthday! 🙂

      3.8.12 - 12:52 am

  107. janet gerbutavich -

    Happy Birthday JD!!

      3.8.12 - 1:59 am

  108. gladys -

    ahh, sigh. you are a beautiful writer. happy birthday JD!

      3.8.12 - 3:10 am

  109. Mom -

    Happy Birthday…..from your mother-in-law who loves you very much.!!!

      3.8.12 - 4:44 am

  110. sharene -

    oh, i almost cried =(

      3.8.12 - 4:45 am

  111. Giovanna -

    Aaawwwwww Jasmine that was soooo sweeet, you are such a blessed girl Jd is special, thanks for showing us how to love our hubbies, God bless u guys!

      3.8.12 - 5:28 am

  112. Patti Mustain -

    What is not to love about you? Your heart is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talents, your love of others…yourself.
    Jesus shines through you. "This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine"…yes, this song reminds me of you.

      3.8.12 - 6:38 am

  113. Lisa P. -

    Happy Birthday JD. Hope you had an awesome day!

      3.8.12 - 6:50 am

  114. Cindy Habel -

    The love you share is beautiful. Happy birthday JD!

      3.8.12 - 8:51 am

  115. kayla :) -

    awww this is so sweet!!! Happy Birthday, JD!!!

      3.8.12 - 12:44 pm

  116. Resi -

    Happy Birthday JD! Hope you enjoyed your special day!

      3.8.12 - 1:36 pm

  117. Vanessa Balenovich -

    Your words are so magic. Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow!!

      3.8.12 - 1:47 pm

  118. Robin Bakes -

    Right there is exactly why you capture love so beautifully…its because you love so beautifully. Cannot wait to meet you tomorrow 🙂

      3.8.12 - 1:49 pm

  119. elvira -

    Your very, very handsome….and very elegant husband is always perfectly dressed & styled; a real joy for a spoiled italian "eye"….!

    My biggest Compliments for your wonderful wedding photography !!!!

    ciao ciao elvira

      3.8.12 - 3:11 pm

  120. Kimberly Murray -

    Happy Belated, JD! What a blessing to see another year and celebrate it with someone who loves you so completely!

      3.8.12 - 6:33 pm

  121. Jenelle Sewell -

    …simply beautiful.

      3.8.12 - 9:47 pm

  122. Amber -


      3.8.12 - 11:45 pm

  123. Jessica K. Sullivan -

    Happy birthday JD!

      3.9.12 - 12:52 am

  124. Paige Ewing -

    How poetic! Makes me think of all those little things that reminded me of my husband before we were married. Happy birthday JD! It was great meeting you both at TheFix in Atlanta:)

      3.9.12 - 1:40 am

  125. Duoimagery -

    This was so beautiful it almost made me cry. Your writing is so inspiring. (As is your love.) -beth

      3.9.12 - 5:06 am

  126. cassandra-m -

    HaAAaaaaAApppPppPpppPYyyyY (belated) BIRTHDAY JD~!!!!!!! xoxo

      3.9.12 - 4:40 pm

  127. Alaina Bos -

    Sometimes I read your posts and randomly tear up because I’m so touched by their realness and honesty. Today was one of those days! But it wasn’t random, it was because of the way you can put words to some of my own feelings. Ones that I sometimes have a hard time describing articulately. And on the topic of my husband, I thank my lucky stars everyday to have someone I love so much.
    Happy happy Birthday JD! Keep rocking it out together, the way that works for you both 🙂

      3.9.12 - 11:41 pm

  128. Dawn & Michael Mitchell -

    Aww, that is so sweet! You have your JD and I have my Michael and like you I would not wash that scent away for anything…well, maybe for the scent of that new 5D Mark 3! 😉

      3.10.12 - 5:22 pm

  129. Yucel -

    Happy belated B Day dude

      3.11.12 - 8:55 pm

  130. Nora Nathoo -

    You and JD are precious. Your words are encouragement. This is truly beautiful. xo Nora.

      3.12.12 - 2:23 am

  131. Jade -

    Happy Birthday.. Well belated… I just think you are awesome..

      3.14.12 - 1:32 am

  132. Tim -

    Great Job

      3.18.12 - 1:08 am

  133. Rosa Lopez-Torres -

    Happy Birthday JD,

      6.9.15 - 7:45 pm

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