I met Alisha a few years back when I photographed Jacob and Rebecca’s wedding. I personally connected to several of Rebecca’s bridesmaids probably because 1, they loved Jesus and 2, they are genuine girls who are down to earth and joyful- and some of them are runners and so we had some things in common. Fast forward to a few months after Rebecca’s wedding and Alisha moved to Tillamook for her first teaching job. I followed up with her taking her a coffee on the first few weeks of school and knew she was working hard with some Tillamook Cross Country runners. Little did I know there was a lot more going on during this Cross Country season.
Alisha tells the story best, “I had moved out to Tillamook to teach 5th grade when I was connected with the high school cross country coach who was looking for some help. I was helping to coach the girls and was on the bus for a meet when I met the bus driver, Kim. After the first ten minutes of the drive Kim turned around and asked the other female coach and myself, “are either of you single?” All the coaches said, “Alisha is!” Little did I know that I was meeting my future in law. Kim then went on to tell me about her son who was also single and living in Independence. She then got to work texting him to see if he would come to our meet, because she had a surprise for him. He had to work and couldn’t make it. The next meet Kim showed me more pictures of her son and asked anyone who knew him if they agreed that I was perfect for him.
That night he added me on facebook and Andrew and I started talking. We sent a couple messages back and forth before he stopped. I remember thinking to myself, “well that was short lived.” It was another week before he messaged me again and we started talking all over again. A week or two later he came home to Tillamook and took me on our first date to the haunted corn maze at Kilchis River Pumpkin Patch.” This is when Andrew jumps in and says “We went to Pat Zweifel’s corn maze where she got the living daylight scared out of her by a man with a chainsaw. Thankfully there was a second date.” hahhaaa
A second date, which led to a third, fourth which eventually led to Andrew asking Alisha for a little hike up Cape Lookout trail. The fact that it was storming didn’t phase him, after all they’d endured a crazy chainsaw man on the first date, this girl proved she can handle anything. And she did. trekking a few miles in the wind and rain Andrew found a quiet place along the trail tucked out of the storm. Andrew recalls the moment “ I got down on one knee and asked her if she wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. She jokingly replied, “shut up”!
It was only fitting that their engagement session was on this same trail. And luck would have it that it was on a stormy weekend as well! But thankfully the wind and rain stopped long enough for us to get some great captures. Enjoy!