They each had three strikes against them. A mutual family friend had been keeping an eye out for the perfect girl for Garrett, and when she met Heather, she knew she had found his match.
But Heather refused to meet Garrett and she had her reasons - she doesn't date long distance, she doesn't date military boys, and she doesn't do set-ups.
Garrett also refused to meet Heather and he had his reasons, too - he also doesn't do set-ups, he needed to figure some things out having just finished his service in the military, and he honestly wasn't sure he ever wanted to get married.
So the two of them went on their way and Garrett began hiking the Appalachian Trail, a bucket list item that gave him the chance to decompress and think about what was next in life after serving in the armed forces. Part way through the trail, he received a message from the family friend, blatantly asking if he would consider getting in touch with Heather. He had to give it a shot, she said. She was that sure that they were meant for each other.
Garrett thought about it for a little while longer as he hiked, and then decided, for the first time in his life, to take a chance on a girl.
And when Heather received a kind, honest, and direct email from a sweet boy on the Appalachian Trail, for the first time in her life, she set her rules aside and took a chance on a boy.
I have to give a big round of applause to that family friend for making this match because Garrett and Heather ARE perfect for each other. Their story is inspiring and their love is strong, and that can only come from people who had the faith to take a risk. This past weekend, Jeff and I flew up to Portland to meet up with Garrett and Heather and to shoot their adorable engagement session at their favorite place - the trails and waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge and the Vista House overlooking the valley. Not only was the scenery completely mind-bogglingly beautiful (it was so gorgeous I need to make up a word), Garrett and Heather were downright delightful to photograph!
STOP IT. This is just too good to be true!
Garrett and Heather are the cutest opposites. Garrett is a handsome man with a simple style, and Heather is a lover of color and Anthropologie. In fact, her top and necklace are both Anthro finds, so naturally, we got along swimmingly.
We wandered along the hiking trails of the gorge where Heather and Garrett spent their first date. They still come here nearly every time Garrett is in town and it's become their special place together.
This looks a little different than San Diego huh? We were going nuts shooting in such a stunning and interesting place!
This is one of my favorites from the trails. We sent them walking ahead of us and told them to stop and kiss mid-way. They're pretty much the cutest!
After wandering the trails, we did a quick outfit change and drove a few minutes to the Vista House which I fell in love with IMMEDIATELY. I'm so beyond excited about the images we captured at this scenic place, and this is just a teensy taster of what's to come tomorrow in Part Two!
Oh my dear happy beans... Those legs and that suit are killer!!
So we'll see you right back here tomorrow then, yeah? It's killing me to not share everything rightthisverymoment, but the images are worth the wait for sure!!