This spot is a favorite. At one time, it was giant gravel pit near my childhood home where we would run by during P.E. class and curse the distance. It has recently been redesigned, finding new life as a nature trail and world class golf course used in the 2015 U.S. Open. It is also a gorgeous backdrop for many portraits — this Chambers Bay engagement was an even more perfect moment than I could have dreamed, because it provided the venue for Heidi and me to be reintroduced years after attending high school together.
When I read her email, asking me to photograph her summer wedding, I let out a yelp that startled my husband and the cats. “Queen Heidi wants me to photograph her wedding!” Without going too far overboard with the glory days of high school, Heidi was Daffodil Queen when I was a junior–and she a senior–in high school. She was quite literally the most popular girl in school, in our entire county! But here’s the thing: she was — and still is — the nicest person I have ever met.
This Chambers Bay engagement might not seem like it could possibly be such a pivotal moment — and on its own, perhaps it really isn’t. But I am now as awestruck by her grace and beauty as I was back then. She and Mareon have a gentle, embracing kindness about them. It is the highest honor to be allowed to witness to their joy. (And a summer wedding in the PNW is about as good as life gets for me!) Let me be among the very first to announce and to congratulate the royal couple!
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