We met Tom & Amy in a remarkable place, on a remarkable day. It was 2006, and Justin and I were on the first leg of a three-day backpacking trip in the Glacier National Park wilderness. We had stopped at our camp site an hour earlier and decided to cool our feet in the lake. One second we were admiring the view, and the next I had on my hand a shiny, new engagement ring. After six-and-a-half years of dating, he asked, and I said yes on the shores of Gunsight Lake. Really, though, this story isn’t just about us…
We planned to celebrate privately at camp with two of our friends from Eugene, Oregon, but part of the backcountry policy dictated that we consume all of our foodstuffs in the campground’s dedicated “food” area with the rest of the campers. Though there’s a good reason for this policy (it keeps the neighborhood Grizzlies out of the tent areas) we were, needless to say, less-than-thrilled. We wanted to blow off steam, goof off, and generally act like ourselves when no one is watching. Instead, we were stuck eating dehydrated dinner with strangers.
Typically enamored with my new bling, I was examining my ring when one of the other campers approached me with a compliment about it. I thanked her, and elaborated that we’d just gotten engaged, right then, right there. That was how we met Amy. Soon we’d been introduced to Tom, her boyfriend, and were all talking together. We discovered that they’d come to Glacier from Seattle only the night before on a whim. That morning, they had gone to the Park Service and requested any available campsites. By chance, we ended up in the same place, at the same time.
The next day, we crossed paths on the trail over and over again, stopping to talk and laugh. The following night, we happily shared camp food and commiserated about nosy mountain goats. By the end of the trip, we’d invited them to stay at our cabin and made plans to visit once we were back in Seattle.
Over the following months, Tom & Amy became our closest local friends. We watched as their relationship deepened, and they stood by at our Glacier nuptials. Last summer, they were engaged in California’s Redwoods Park, and this summer they were married!
To commemorate the anniversary of their engagement on the summer solstice, we took a few photos around our neighborhood of Seattle and together enjoyed the (in)famous Fremont Solstice Parade. I can’t wait to show you more photos from their July 4th wedding in Virginia. Enjoy!