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For those of you who may not know, my fiance is a fisherman – it is also this handsome fella’s birthday! Sadly, he’s celebrating in Afghanistan again this year. In commemoration of the greatest day ever, I wanted to share our most recent fishing trip with you.

Before Jeremy came home on leave in February, he had made reservations for a guided fishing trip for the two of us. It is quite an ordeal since we rarely do things without our littles around, and even more so because he had so much more planned after the trip too, but I’ll save that for another time :).

A trip to the Olympic Peninsula is one for the books, and by far one of my favorites! It’s no secret I love a good adventure, especially if that means a road trip is involved!

We ran into sunset over the lake as we neared our destination.

We stayed at the most amazing cabin run by a talented fishing guide, Larry Ford, of Blue Heron Lodge. We were scheduled to arrive the evening prior to the fishing trip since we had to meet Larry at 6 am to get to the Hoh River – which was well planned if you want any cooperation from me that early. Ahahaa! Settling into the cabin helped us get a feel for the outdoors and ready to fish! It was so comfortable and themed accordingly.

Our first night in, Jeremy grilled up these delicious steaks, while I prepared a side of baked potatoes, broccoli and cheese. No joke, his steaks are the best ever! The cabin came equipped with a beautiful, fully stocked kitchen too. Not too shabby.

Day 2 – Just after sunrise, my view from a boat.

We saw many other fishermen come and go, but once we cleared away from the launch areas, it felt as if we were the only people around. We didn’t cross paths with anyone again over the 8 hours we drifted up and down the river.

The scenery is quite diverse over the few miles we covered. From thick mossy trees, to these little ones, beautiful stones surrounding the river, and wildlife. Incredible to say the least.

The first and only catch of the day. I’ve never been fishing with my man without him catching at least one fish. You can do the same things as he does, and yet, he will still be the only one to catch anything.

The excitement and skill of seasoned fishermen never ceases to amaze me. Larry knows these rivers like the back of his hand. It’s incredible how well you can get to know the pattern and changes of something like that. Jeremy has the patience of a god, he can sit and wait for hours and just one tiny little flick of the tip of his pole and his reactions are flawless. It’s incredible to watch people in their craft flow so seamlessly. You see the great deal of time they’ve spent learning and practicing come into play. And when you’re floating a river for 8 hours, this is serious excitement!

The pride of finally hooking a fish… This was a native one, so it had to be released back into the water. There is no less thrill for having to let it go, they are just as happy and pleased with their efforts for the day.

After a long day of fishing, we headed back to the cabin to warm up and relax, pleased with what the day had brought us. It was an experience like no other. There is nothing more gratifying than sharing in one another’s passions and hobbies, to see one another in an element new to you, yet all too familiar for them.

Before leaving the Olympic Peninsula, we stopped at La Push beach on the Quileute reservation. There isn’t a whole lot to see, but the beach (no matter where) is my favorite place to be.

Lunch before we make our final departure and head on to part 2 of 3 of Jeremy’s week long plans for us.

We cruised along a bit hoping to find something interesting, but ran into a few dead ends. After the past day and a half, we were ok with that and headed on back. I sure do love these tree lined roads with Washington’s oh-so-tall evergreens!

Happy Birthday to my love! I look forward to many more. I love you!

Matt and Diane have been married about two years now. They didn’t get to have professional images of their special day, so we got together to make up for it :). These two were so much fun and unabashedly showed their love and personalities. Matt was hard to crack, but you can see the love he has for his wife, and clearly how happy Diane is. They are so sweet and very easy to spend time with. After our session, we hung around talking for nearly an hour! We discovered many common interests, and a love for the Pacific Northwest.

Our session got rescheduled a few times, but it was worth the wait for this beautiful spring weather we’re having.

It’s a lot fun to direct people when they are at their happiest, there tends to be more playfulness that makes so many beautiful images. Later on down the road, they’ll remember and feel the love they share by looking through their images from this juncture in their life. Being able to relive your story is what it’s all about.

I did everything I could to coax out a bigger smile from Matt, but it was the moments he was closest to Diane you could see the happiness across his face.

Don’t worry, we got a few images without his hat on too :).

I must admit, I love a good love story, and these two really take the cake. Crazy adventures to the Philippines, friends, family, and a little help from social media made it all work for this perfect couple! I am so happy you found one another, it’s all too obvious you’re meant to be – the perfect compliment to each other’s personalities.

Thank you for a wonderful afternoon. Cheers to another blissful year of marriage!

Wish you all a very Merry Easter, my friends! Here are a few images from our visit with one of my sweet friends who let us come out and explore with these cute little chicks! Kate wasn’t really sure what was going on and wasn’t thrilled with these birds all around her. Alyx on the other hand, loved them!

Kate was only mildly curious – she typically LOVES birds and can spot one a mile away. We thought she would love this experience. Lesson learned.

We had all too much fun playing with these chicks – Alyx was fearless! Katie and I laughed nonstop!

Carl and Katie don’t have kids of their own yet – unless you count their German Shepards :), but they are absolutely wonderful with mine. Katie loved sharing her experience with these animals, and Alyx was eager to learn and be apart of it.

It had rained most of the afternoon, and weren’t sure if we’d be able to stay outdoors – thankfully as the evening progressed, we had a beautiful sunset. After about an hour of being outdoors, we went inside and enjoyed pizza and played with the puppies. A perfect afternoon :).

Stay tuned for the rest of today’s adventures! Happy Easter!