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Danielle + Spencer | Lake Trillium Engagement

The belonged to each other. And No matter what life would hold for them it would never alter that their happiness was in eachother’s keeping
— Lucy Maud Montgomery

Meet Danielle and Spencer. They're cute, right?! We were looking for a killer shot of Mt. Hood for these photos and we nailed it. What I didn't know was that despite it being 85 degrees and sunny at home (it was during a really rare overheated spring week we were having in the PNW) there would still be a couple of feet of snow on the trail out there. I showed up in denim shorts and converse and had to run to a nearby gas station to buy a pair of mens sweatpants (it was freaking cold). Danielle showed up in sandals, needless to say we were a bit unprepared for hiking 4 miles in 2 feet of snow but we were all the way out there and were not going to turn back now. I lent her some of my old converse sneakers I had in my jeep, we grabbed our bags and we all headed out. The view coming around the last corner made the trek so worth it. We walked around for a bit, played, laughed, and just as the sunset we decided to head back to our cars. The trek back to the cars in the snow and dark was a bit rough, we joked that we would some day laugh about it but not then at that moment (it's someday, we can laugh about it now) We got back to the cars at dark, just as the feeling in everyone's toes was starting to disappear. These two are getting married in Black Butte and I can not wait to capture their wedding day! Cheers to amazing views, frozen toes, and these two being ridiculously cute. 

Chris + Tanya | Backyard Engagement

People should fall in love with their eyes closed.
— Andy Warhol

I love that quote. I really do. I have to admit, it wasn't until I started going through these photos though that I completely understood it. So a huge thank you to these two for showing me what it means. It's simple really. Fall in love laughing, laughing hard and laughing without holding back. Fall in love with your foreheads nuzzled so close together that you simply just close your eyes and feel. Fall in love smiling, so much so that your cheeks force your eyes to squint a little. It's that moment of genuine happiness. That moment when you are so consumed in a smile, a laugh, a touch- that you can't help but close your eyes and absorb that feeling. That is how people should fall in love. These photos below are not in some extravagant setting (though your yard was lovely, guys!)  But we were just casually having a beer in their backyard on a sunny Sunday- nothing too uncommon.  What makes these photos special, is the feeling they capture and the moments they've frozen. I hope Tanya and Chris forever remember this day. Not as anything extraordinary, but just as a normal day full of genuine happiness, absolute love, and good beer. 

I also really think Deschutes Brewery should definitely send them a little wedding gift. Don't you agree? 

Seth + Megan | Engaged

And then my soul saw you and it kind of went, “Oh hey, there you are. I’ve been looking for you”

These are my people. You know that moment when you're with other similar souls and then your like- YES, we are the same. That's these two. When they decided we should head out to Silver Falls Park in Oregon to do some engagement photos on a beautiful sunny weekend, I was like HECK. YES! Megan and Seth live an adorable life where they get up, ride to work together, teach the beautiful minds of tiny children, then ride home together. There is something I just love about that. They also have an awesome cat named Franklin whom I almost shoved in my camera bag and brought back to Washington with me. Is that weird? Yes, yes it is. Aside from being the cutest couple at their elementary school and having a rad cat, they are ridiculously fun. I was constantly laughing and I was so in love with how in love they are. Thanks for allowing me to follow your beautiful faces around with a camera! I have one more post coming with these two humans but it's so cute I had to give it it's own blog post- oh the suspense!