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Real Weddings


November 12, 2016 / Kingston, WA


Justin, how did you propose?
We’d agreed to help our wedding planner friends with a styled photoshoot, 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! Justin and his mates have already started looking into Bratislava stag activities, even though we have no idea when or where we are getting married! At least he’s making a start.

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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