When a painter and a pilates instructor get married it seriously makes for the best couple EVER! These two have been married over 3 years now and together for 13. WHAT!!! true love and amazing relationships do exist you guys (hope for all my single peeps!!) These two met me up at Carkeek Park in Seattle, Wa and explored on the beach with me, we saw a few spitting oysters (there's a name for them.. but i forgot it already, oh well, they were really cool) saw some children running around wild and free and laughed til we were all snorting, not just me! Then we headed over and explored in the woods, climbed some trees, walked across some roaring rivers on fallen trees (jk, they were more like creeks hehe) and made some magic. It was a cloudy day and while we were frolicking in the forest the sun decided to peep through the trees and give us the most beautiful glow of green and yellow. I was mesmerized. Anyway, enough about the beautiful nature that still has me speechless, scroll down to see the magic of these two. Also can we talk about hair goals for a second?! (not even fair to the rest of us)... anyways scroll down for hair envy, outfit inspiration and magic between two humans who love each other more than anyone.
These two engaged lovers are from Virginia and went to same university as I, and yet we never met until here in Portland, Oregon where they now live! How fun right?! These two are southerners are heart, but now find themselves adapting to life on the West coast and loving it. Even though Madie misses her grits more than anything (southerners truly do make the best grits you’ll ever have). Austin was nervous going into the shoot, and we learned that up until this day he had NEVER rolled his pants up, and he felt very ‘hipster’ and Portland, Madie LOVED the look and most likely will start styling him like this from now on HAHA. But a few short minutes into the shoot and Austin was running around loving it, throwing Madie over his shoulders and enjoying himself to where you could not even tell he once was nervous about any of it! We traveled out to the Columbia river gorge and loved the grey skies and clouds, but some magic happened when the sun peeked out for about 20 minutes as we were at the top of our miniature climb to Government Cove.
I have known Ashlee for a long time (over Instagram) and we finally met in person at the one-day workshop we both attended and instantly I felt like I had truly known her forever. So of course, we hopped in the car after the workshop and went to a Portland brewery with her husband (or should I say husbabe?!) we talked the night away, and learned that Devin has some really cool (mostly weird) conspiracy theories, and that he can talk about big foot for HOURS (not a joke people, not a joke- you were warned here first). Ashlee and Devin dream big, and soon hopefully will be making the move out to the west coast, but for now these two are tucked away in the sweet state of Idaho. Ashlee likes her espresso to have some sweet flavors in it, and is also not the best person to have on your trivia team (but neither am I HAHA). She also loves her space at night and is not afraid to just shove Devin over and maybe even off the bed. These two embraced the foggy sunrise with me, and ran around and got belly aches of laughter. Devin shocked us with being the one to want the ‘serious/model’ photos while Ashlee wanted to end the shoot laying down in the wet grass with dried little flowers. It was 100% perks of being a wallflower vibes and I was not complaining.
This georgia gal has grown up with woods being your typical small trees, every now and then moss on the ground, and wildlife being few and far between. So when I got to travel to Portland, Oregon for a one day workshop with Dawn (@dawn_photo) and Kara (@karraleighphoto) all of my woodland dreams came true. We spent the day chatting away and learning about the business side to this thing we do, and then we put all of our skills to work and spent a few hours wandering in the woods with these two beautiful humans. The dresses were Free people and Claire La Faye, flowers were done by Brier and Ivy and the styling was done by Mae and Co creative and Brier and Ivy as well. This was an absolute dream team and a dream shoot for this southern girl. Scroll through and enjoy all of the magic that was made on this rainy oregon day!