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November 12, 2016 / Kingston, WA


Justin, how did you propose?
We’d agreed to help our wedding planner friends with a styled photo shoot, in a field not far from our house. When the shoot was just about done, I got down on one knee and asked Shannon to marry me for real. She didn’t seem to think I was serious at first—it felt like I was down there for an eternity before she finally said yes!

Were you nervous?
I couldn’t for the life of me think of how to word my proposal. She was so beautiful; I knew I was going to fumble all of my words.

Shannon, how surprised were you?
I was very surprised! All I kept thinking throughout the styled wedding shoot was how I couldn’t wait to marry Justin for real. When I realized he was actually proposing, I kept asking him if he was serious. I was elated!


Justin, what do you remember about the moment she said yes?
The surprise and happiness in her eyes is what I think about most. (But it did feel like I was down there for an eternity…)

Did you always know you were going to get engaged?
After the birth of our first child, we saw how well we performed as a team and knew we would eventually marry. We know exactly what the other needs and support each other always.


Any wedding plans?
We don’t have a date yet, but we’re leaning towards a destination wedding. Possibly Hawaii!

What are you most excited about as you start planning?
I can’t wait to start looking for a dress! And to see our son and daughter standing next to us as ring bearer and flower girl—it will truly be a magical day.

Photos by Chelsea Bree Photography and Bixby + Pine

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