Will and Rachel were a blast to work with! They postponed their wedding from this fall to fall 2021. They kept such a positive attitude throughout the entire process. Their engagement shoot was basically a Justin Bieber dance party filled with laughter, REAL connection and conversations.
The weather forecast originally called for rain but they weren’t worried at all! We ended up having sunshine and the perfect fall weather. It is such a privilege to work with couples that radiate such an authentic love for one another. Will grew up loving water and being on boats! One of their favorite things to do after every hike that has a lake at the end of it is to jump in! Rachel decided that it would be an amazing idea to keep that tradition even for their engagement shoot. Will LOVED that idea of course!
After we wrapped up the shoot we went back to our cars only for them to realize that they had locked their keys inside of it! They still had an amazing attitude about the whole thing and drove down with me to get their spare set. I really cherished this extra time together as it allowed us to continue getting to know each other and create such a great connection.
Below is their love story! To better understand each couple, I send them a questionnaire with a variety of questions that they each answer. I hope you enjoy it as much I did.
Q: How did you two meet?
A: Bride’s Response: Officially introduced at a Day of Caring volunteering event where we were remove blackberry bush near Lake Sammamish.
Q: What was your first impression of your fiance?
A: Groom’s Response: I was the youngest person at work until Rachel came along (one year younger), so was a little sad to lose that title. But I remember seeing her photo in the work backlog and thought “she looks my age!” which was exciting because everyone else we worked with was much older.
Bride’s Response: I was happy to see someone my own age! And he seemed normal too! I was excited to have a potential work friend on the team. I was
surprised too as I knew his takeaway from us meeting was that he was upset since he no longer was the youngest member of the team. No
more excuses :)
Q: When did you know that they were the “one”?
A: Bride’s Response: Pretty early on in dating. It was something so different than I’d felt with anyone else. I understood that butterfly feelings can last a very long time. I remember not telling many of my friends and family about him because I was nervous they would think I’m crazy for liking him so
much early on.
Groom’s Response: We were friends for a year as she was dating someone else so I buried any romantic feelings. Then I think I waited about one day before asking if she wanted to see a movie and I knew when she let me pay or the movie ticket it was a date (I wasn’t sure when we were crossing
the friend zone). I was ecstatic from that point on, but I knew she was the one after she showed she could ski – particularly ski rabbit run.
Q: What is your favorite memory when you first started dating?
A: Groom’s Response: This is difficult – the first NERDs outing when we snuck away in an Uber to getting lost in the corn maze but I would probably say the country concert – Rachel doesn’t like country but knew I did – can’t believe she invited me!
Bride’s Response: There’s so many funny stories from us dating early on, mostly stemming from Will not giving me any context on where we were going or what we were doing. I can think of hilarious ones involving meeting his family for the first time or one epic date paragliding where I almost fell off a mountain.
Q: Tell me three things about your fiance?
A: Bride’s Response: He’s incredibly patient, can’t multitask at all, brilliant and oops this is four but he has the funniest dance moves.
Groom’s Response: Smart, goofy, caring
Q: What do you think is unique about you as a couple?
A: Bride’s Response: As you have probably read many of these, I’m going to venture to assume that we are not as unique as we all would like to think BUT I think we are aligned so well on how we want to spend time, which is a great gift lending to spend more and more time together. Whether it’s skiing all day, hours of tennis, reading/relaxing, we are always on the same page.
Groom’s Response: We both have common sense.
Q: Tell me some other faves! What do you like to do together?
A: Groom’s Response: Masonry. Kabul. Cafe Lago is all you need to know. I love to be active and outdoors – swim, ski, any racquet sport, soccer, wakeboard I love games. Love to read the global section of the news to have perspective on what’s happening on the other side of the world.
Favorite sports are volleyball and tennis, love skiing, I love watching TV (consume a lot, current favorites are Insecure, Schitt’s Creek &
Succession). Favorite restaurants include Masonry (italian), Monsoon (vietnamese), and Cafe Lago :)