They just moved into a new building, the bums at their old place got to be too much. I had never met Shae but we became friends instantly. Sarah gushed over how they fell in love. Slip N Slides and crutches and immediate crushes. As we sat on the floor we bonded over the reality of love, and how it is difficult, but worth it. We laughed about love languages and words of affirmation, you love me right? They are themselves through and through. A pantry full of fishing and hockey gear, and a house full of love. They put each other first, and it shows. Sarah told her friends she was going to marry him after the first time they met, because when you know you know. He knew he really wanted to touch her butt, and four years later he still is.
Layla + Zack
The sun seemed brighter that morning. It flooded their living room. It was warm in their home, but it wasn't just the sun. It was them. Zack made coffee and Lala made perfectly boiled eggs. We sat in the living room, and I had to give Zack a pep talk. I cried, right their on their fir wood floors. Because it was beautiful, and they are beautiful. Zack, you are beautiful. Love is honestly the best accessory. They have a laughing kind of love. They give each other shit and grins and shit eating grins. His hands got stuck in her hair and we all laughed. They invited Thom in to join us for tea after the shoot. We ate all the good food and had the best conversation. I will think of Lala's first winter here in Utah every time it snows. Sometimes love is taking a hike in snow and ice for the first time in shoes you shouldn't be wearing. It's learning how to walk in winter conditions. Sometimes it's carrying your girlfriend back down the mountain because it's new and scary, but it is comical and good, oh so good.
Alyssa + Ryan
Alyssa and Ryan have an airy light hearted relationship. Sunday mornings with them means cuddling and Sponge Bob. In the midst of their tangled appendages, there is laughter. What I love about there's two, is how incredibly different they are. Ryan is Straight Edge, Alyssa, not so much, but to them it doesn't matter. They find common ground, on higher ground. In the mountains, in hammocks amongst nature, their love grows. Sunday with these guys is all smiles, and ease, and new puppies.