After spending all day on the Road to Hana, Jake pulled the trigger and asked me to marry him. I was shocked, not because I didn't think we'd get married eventually, but because we hadn't talked about it at all recently -- we'd never even talked about rings! Lucky for me, Jake didn't need my help to pull off the perfect surprise proposal on a beach in the middle of nowhere with nobody else around.
That night at dinner we looked at each other and I said, "But I don't even want to plan a wedding..." he laughed and said, "Neither do I". I'm sure that convo would make most women shudder. I know a lot of people grow up envisioning exactly where their wedding will be held, what songs they'll dance to and what they'll wear - not us. At first, our lack of interest in planning a wedding made us both a little uneasy but finally, we realized it's because to us, it doesn't matter where and when or how big; we'd be happy saying 'I do' anywhere with our families. Still, there are things you only get one chance to do, like engagement photos! I've been dreading ours because there's just so much pressure. Then, a couple weeks ago, Jake and I got the opportunity to do a little pre-shoot with an amazing photographer based in Bend, Allison Harp. Here's some stunning photos she took of an elopement at Crater Lake. I really love how she gets in close for details that otherwise would go unnoticed.
How'd this all come about? On her Instagram, Allison said she was looking for a couple to take photos of during a mentor session, I immediately wanted in! We met up near the Deschutes River and Allison worked her magic. The photos turned out beautiful and as ridiculous as it sounds, they're the first "real" photos Jake and I have together... we've dated for somewhere around seven years!
Before the shoot, Allison sent us a inspiration board from Pinterest which helped us narrow down what styles of clothing to wear. I know not everyone is going to get to do a pre-photo-shoot-shoot but we were happy to be able to get some of the jitters out and have a better idea of what we want to wear for the real deal. Overall, the biggest takeaway I had from the experience was this: if you're in a relationship, get some real photos taken! Who knows how many opportunities you'll have to capture your feelings for each other at this point in your lives. Jake and I are still in our no-obligations stage of life, we don't have kids, a mortgage or even a dog. I think it will be fun to look back on these photos years down the road and think: look at those carefree kids... in love.