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

    March 7th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    So romantic 🙂

  2. Life with Kaishon

    March 7th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Oh. This made me cry. Happy Birthday JD.

  3. Stephanie Stewart

    March 7th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    So incredibly sweet! Happy Birthday, JD!!!

  4. polyana

    March 7th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    awww, sooo romantic – happy birthday JD:)

  5. Rachel Tatem

    March 7th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    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.

  6. Maxann

    March 7th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

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

  7. yadira richards

    March 7th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Happy Birthday JD :)!!!!

  8. Trix Malan

    March 7th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Such a beatiful tribute. Happy Birthday JD!

  9. Yuliana

    March 7th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

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

  10. Dana Laymon

    March 7th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

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

  11. z. lynn

    March 7th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    "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!

  12. Kate Douthwright

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    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!

  13. z. lynn

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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

  14. z. lynn

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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

  15. z. lynn

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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

  16. z. lynn

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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

  17. z. lynn

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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

  18. Karen

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    So personal and open. I love it.

  19. Janelle Chung

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    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!!!

  20. Leslie Davis

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Made my heart melt! … <3 it!

  21. Gabby / En Route Photography

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    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

  22. Jennifer Pharr

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

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

  23. Marie Stephens

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:34 pm


  24. LEOLAK

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Awww….beautiful post. Happy Birthday JD!

  25. Christina Shumway

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

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

  26. Lupe Ruiz

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    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!

  27. Kat

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    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!

  28. Molly W.

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

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

  29. Gail

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    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!

  30. Laura Stricklin

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JD!!! Well said, J!

  31. Wendi Solari

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    So very sweet.

  32. Deborah

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    So sweet! You two are adorably perfect!

    Happy Birthday JD!

  33. Andrea

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    *tears streaming down my face* Happy birthday JD.

  34. Sarah Phillips

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

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

  35. Haley Johnston

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

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

  36. Camille

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

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

  37. BreezeStyling

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    why am i crying? haha

  38. Matt

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Very cool!
    Happy Birthday JD!

  39. Robyn

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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

  40. Patricia Rossi

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    This is so sweet of you!!!!

  41. Lucy

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

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

  42. Noreen

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    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…

  43. Morgan Jenkins

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

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

  44. Sarah Illingworth

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

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

  45. Lorna Roberts

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

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

  46. Pri Camara

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    LOVE this post!

  47. kim james

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Exquisitely written.

  48. Max

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    You two are cute. Happy Birthday JD!

  49. April

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

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

  50. Christopher Poisella

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

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

  51. Jodie Lemke

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

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

  52. Lymarie

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    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!!!!

  53. Shannon K.

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    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!!

  54. Cecilia

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Happy Birthday JD!

  55. Katelyn James

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    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:)

  56. Bong

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Happy Birthday JD!

  57. Elizabeth Glessner

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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

  58. Carlos Valencia

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Happy Birthday JD

  59. Vangie R. Abrera

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

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

  60. Laura Radniecki

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    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!

  61. Mia Bjerring

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

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

  62. Martha Davidson

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

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

  63. Stephanie Dunn

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

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

  64. Latina

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

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


  65. joan solitario

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    happy birthday JD! 😀

  66. Shauna Nicole

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    So cuttttttte <3:)

  67. Kathy

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

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

  68. darling paumen

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

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


  69. Krista

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

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

  70. Michael Chaves

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

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

  71. Misty Minna Photography

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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

  72. ingrid

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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

  73. Clarivel.ann

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

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

  74. Mikaela

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

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

  75. Adrienne McNellis

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    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.

  76. Marjorie Etienne

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Very touching and beautiful. Happy Birthday JD!

  77. Davenna Trahan

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Pass the tissue please!

  78. Ashley Goodwin

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I’m over here crying in my hotel room.

  79. Alouise

    March 7th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    wow that is SO beautiful. Happy birthday JD.

  80. Laurie

    March 7th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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

  81. Linda

    March 7th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    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 🙂

  82. Lydia

    March 7th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

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

  83. emily

    March 7th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

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

  84. Kristy Dickerson

    March 7th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    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!

  85. Carla

    March 7th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    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.

  86. Sunday

    March 7th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    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!

  87. ashley barnett

    March 7th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    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!

  88. Barbara Marcella

    March 7th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

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

  89. Rose Brown

    March 7th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    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!

  90. Tamm

    March 7th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    So SWEET!

  91. Alexis

    March 7th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    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

  92. Yasmin Sarai

    March 7th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    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!

  93. Ginny

    March 7th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

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

  94. denise karis

    March 7th, 2012 at 8:15 pm


  95. DASHY

    March 7th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    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! =)

  96. Bethany Ann

    March 7th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

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

  97. Danielle McCann

    March 7th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

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

  98. Shannon Von Eschen

    March 7th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    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

  99. Breanna Fogg

    March 7th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    So sweet!

  100. Bernadette Fastnedge

    March 7th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Beautiful words Jasmine. A very happy birthday JD!!

  101. Laura Metzger

    March 7th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

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

  102. Christina Dely

    March 7th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

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

  103. Ashley Perez

    March 7th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    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?

  104. Denise Prichett

    March 7th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

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

  105. Kristen

    March 8th, 2012 at 12:27 am

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

  106. Shane Bradley

    March 8th, 2012 at 12:52 am

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

  107. janet gerbutavich

    March 8th, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Happy Birthday JD!!

  108. gladys

    March 8th, 2012 at 3:10 am

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

  109. Mom

    March 8th, 2012 at 4:44 am

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

  110. sharene

    March 8th, 2012 at 4:45 am

    oh, i almost cried =(

  111. Giovanna

    March 8th, 2012 at 5:28 am

    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!

  112. Patti Mustain

    March 8th, 2012 at 6:38 am

    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.

  113. Lisa P.

    March 8th, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Happy Birthday JD. Hope you had an awesome day!

  114. Cindy Habel

    March 8th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    The love you share is beautiful. Happy birthday JD!

  115. kayla :)

    March 8th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

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

  116. Resi

    March 8th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Happy Birthday JD! Hope you enjoyed your special day!

  117. Vanessa Balenovich

    March 8th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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

  118. Robin Bakes

    March 8th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

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

  119. elvira

    March 8th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    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

  120. Kimberly Murray

    March 8th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

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

  121. Jenelle Sewell

    March 8th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    …simply beautiful.

  122. Amber

    March 8th, 2012 at 11:45 pm


  123. Jessica K. Sullivan

    March 9th, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Happy birthday JD!

  124. Paige Ewing

    March 9th, 2012 at 1:40 am

    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:)

  125. Duoimagery

    March 9th, 2012 at 5:06 am

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

  126. cassandra-m

    March 9th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

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

  127. Alaina Bos

    March 9th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    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 🙂

  128. Dawn & Michael Mitchell

    March 10th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    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! 😉

  129. Yucel

    March 11th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Happy belated B Day dude

  130. Nora Nathoo

    March 12th, 2012 at 2:23 am

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

  131. Jade

    March 14th, 2012 at 1:32 am

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

  132. Tim

    March 18th, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Great Job

  133. Rosa Lopez-Torres

    June 9th, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Happy Birthday JD,