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  • The Persimmon Images studio is closed.

    As of December, 2015, we are no longer accepting new clients for weddings or portraits except on a limited by-referral basis or for repeat clients. If you are a current client and have any questions or requests for us, please email us at love [at] persimmonimages [dot] com or call/text Kat at 206.354.2212.

    Thank you for your years of business, support, laughter, and love!

    - Kat & Justin

Ten years + Here’s to you, babe

When we met, I was the displaced Midwestern high-schooler sneaking out of the back door of her family’s house. He was the college kid from the big city who stole my heart with his smile. Six months later, I moved away for school and that should have been the end of it. But it wasn’t. Somewhere, somehow, we decided it was worth the wait.

Sure, we didn’t love the long weeks between unbelievably short weekends, sometimes two or three at a stretch: Me cramming classwork and cleaning and all of life’s loose ends into between Monday and Friday so we could savor every minute of our 48 hours together. Him putting thousands, tens of thousands, and finally more than a hundred thousand miles onto his Mazda Protege driving across state lines. That little car–purchased that first summer just so we could see each other, now ten years old and going strong– is a testament to our relationship. Sure, it’s a little beat up and rough around the edges, but with one of us behind the wheel, it knows exactly where it’s going.

Our regular five-hour commute wasn’t enough to deter him, so I moved to Montana for a month and to Tokyo for a year because those were things I needed to do. He had the strength and solidarity to say, I’ll be here when you get back. I’m the roamer… the one who drives with the windows down and the music way up, not caring if I get lost as long as it’s somewhere interesting. He’s Mr. Precision, plotting routes around traffic and building iTunes playlists just to suit his mood.

I’m about the journey, and he’s about the destination… but we both look at the map and say, OK, let’s go there.

Now we’ve got a high school romance, those college days, our long engagement, and the first year of marriage behind us. Ten years today.

Ten years since you first asked and I first said yes.

Ten years down a strange and scenic road, and ain’t no sign of it getting any less meandering. He still lets me take solo trips because I can and puts up with my relentless need to see everything that can possibly be seen. I love the fact that he’d rather stay in on a Saturday night and can cook better than I can.

We’ve got a good thing going here. It was worth the wait.

Two photographers in a field

Anna - This is so sweet. What a great post. Congrats on the milestone!

Pink Heli - Yay! Congrats on 10 years! What a cute portrait of you guys 🙂

Therese - Aaawww!

Justin - I totally take credit for that photograph. I hit the shutter button and ran back and jumped on Kat in time.

Jenna Cole - Lovely story, and I adore the photo just as much. I was going to ask if this was a self-timer shot, but Justin already answered that one for me. 🙂

Liz - awwwws. Congrats on TEN years (?! time flies!!)

🙂 Love you guys, and it has been fun watching you guys grow together! You’re such a good example of commitment, patience, and love. Oh no, I’m going to get teary like I did at your wedding…

Jennifer | Zinchuk Studios - What a wonderful story!! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have many many more years together with great adventures 🙂

Jeff - wow … 10 years? then. schoolgirlsophistry. today. an incredible couple and a sincere “Congratulations!”

Claire - i loved this post! your writing is beautiful and holy geez that photo is stunning! congrats 🙂

Mariko - Beautiful story and well written. Congrats on ten years!!

Allison C. - You two are so dang cute 😉

LatteLove - great picture, great story! you guys make a great couple. 🙂

Kristin ~ Bien Living - Wonderful, sweet post 🙂 Congrats on 10 years!

Amy S - Aww what a beautiful love story and congrats on 10 years!!

Kristin - Congrats Kat & Justin, and nice portrait!

MCH - Congrats, I enjoyed reading this!!

Amy - Aww, aren’t you just adorable. I’ll never forget the day you guys got engaged!

Maggie - Congratulations to you both! Love the picture (and can’t wait for the shoot in a couple of weeks!)

Carly - Love this post and the accompanying photo. Congratulations on ten years and on figuring out that it was worth the wait 🙂

Heather Pearce - yay! I love this. Congrats on your awesome ten years. Here’s to the next ten, and the ten after that … and after that .. and after that. 🙂

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