This engagement session was a very dear one to me. If you follow me on social media, you may remember my friend Karen as the first friend I made when I moved to WA. Well my friends, I am stoked to announce she recently got engaged and I got to capture just a peek into the love story of her and her fiancee Ethan. *cue the applause* Karen is also an extremely talented photographer so being asked to photograph their engagement + wedding photos was a huge honor.
Karen and Ethan met at a work event, chaperoning elementary children at Wild Waves/Enchanted Village. Between dates of hiking, biking and adventuring, they eventually fell in love. Karen says she knew she first loved Ethan while visiting his grandparents in Montana during their first Christmas together. Ethan says he knew he loved Karen while celebrating their first Valentines Day together, with a spaghetti picnic on her dorm bed. Fast forward a lot of fun times to January of this year when Ethan wrote Karen a sweet love letter and then proposed to her. Now the two lovebirds are planning their late summer wedding and toasting to the future.
Guys, I cannot be more happy for you! Thank you for letting me photograph your love. I am so excited to see your love story continue to grow and for you to start this new chapter of your lives together! Cheers!
"We love to spend our weekends wandering or driving around. We start by waking up whenever feels right, sip some coffee while we chat, then hop in the shower together. Once we're ready for the day, we pick a random spot on the map that we haven't seen yet & drive. We'll listen to music, have long talks, or sometimes enjoy the silence & scenery. It's so nice to forget all the responsibility & obligations of the work week & get lost in freedom together." - Trish
"...To be completely honest, most of the places tend to be a slight let down, and that is okay. The journey and time together is the part we enjoy. We just pick a destination to give us an excuse to justify the journey." - Dane
Being the weekend adventurers they are, we decided to mimic a classic date for the two lovebirds and set off for a hike to the beach (with a mini picnic in hand). We spent the afternoon discovering crabs and clams, finding sand dollars, enjoying a fruit and cheese plate, laughing, and having the best time in the sunshine. Dane even managed to sting his hand by some type of crazy worm on the beach, but was a total trooper! He held and gently kissed his beautiful fiancee as often as possible. Trish just let the day flow, without rush or expectations, soaking in every moment with her future groom. The two of them truly inspired me to keep up on mini adventure dates with my own hubs.
I'm here to assure you that your engagement doesn't need to be boring or stuffy. Stay true to yourself and what you both love. Set it up like a date and have fun like Trish and Dane did. Keep scrollin' for more inspo!