It’s finally official! While Luke and I have shared many a wedding-styled photoshoot this last year, we absolutely had to do SOMETHING SPECIAL for the real-deal. So, what’s more special than an ocean side shoot in Bali?
“Love believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.”
First off, I want to thank everyone who shared in the weeks and months of planning leading up to this trip. Luke and I couldn’t have done it without you. Special thanks to our friends over at 1215 Diamonds and Forever Artisans, who made me feel like an absolute Queen during our ethical diamond selection and design of my custom engagement ring! Lauren, Missy, Brittany and Mary- THANK YOU!
Secondly, we have a CRAZY chain of events that led up to our final shoot in Bali- Have you heard of Murphy’s law? More on that in a bit, BUT we were blown away at the stunning gown I wore for this shoot, by Karen Willis Holmes. The gown I’m in was designed for their Wild Hearts Collection, which is quite fitting considering the romantic, playful design.
Lastly, for those of you who are bound to ask about the logistics leading up to our engagement- let’s just say that Luke and I, as we have in most areas of our relationships- stood side by side, honoring one another’s separate wishes, so that what began as a sweet, curious conversation- eventually evolved into the expression of our dreams and future together. In other words, we both asked. And we both said yes.
So now more about this RING! Right?
For this blog post, I want to highlight why we chose 1215 Diamonds, a conflict free, lab-grown stone for our engagement ring. It was a truly intimate and special experience getting to work alongside the lovely team from 1215 diamonds, who spent countless hours helping me to select the final, perfect, conflict-free stone for my engagement ring.
While our shoot had been planned out several months beforehand, funny story, we actually had our photographer cancel on us a few weeks before the trip! We tried to fly out another photographer, but as it was pretty last minute, couldn’t line someone up within our budget, so we shot this entire session OURSELVES!!! Yes, that’s right, haha. We had originally lined up a stylist and local bali photographer, but had some issues with the image rights. (Couldn’t land on a reasonable contract.) But then we moved on to booking a Portland photographer who was supposed to meet us out there for two days, which as I mentioned, fell through too! As we’ve always done, Luke and I made the most of a tricky situation and adjusted our plans to make sure we had plenty of time for a remote control shoot, but then- can you believe it- my Canon remote ran out of batteries after about 5 shots. (Insert a million laugh emojis.)
We had to set everything up and shoot with the auto timer (Thank the Lord for little miracles) and wha-la! Here is the result. In the end, we ended up with some spectacular images and some extra money in the bank. We are SO excited and bot look forward to celebrating this wonderful love story of ours with the rest of our family and friends in 2020!
While we haven’t set a date yet, be sure to stay tuned! God willing, we’d love to plan something for July or August, 2020. We have so much planning to look forward to!