of a pilot and photographer

When I look back on 2014 I only have to look at the facts below and at the amazing blessing God brought into my life… to realize where time went!

The story of Matt and Amanda is…as Matt says pretty straight forward!

It all started at a dance two years ago, a dance neither of us wanted to be at…

then a simple Facebook message last April…

which lead to 300 more long messages…

which then turned into over 100 hours on Skype!

September 14, 2014…7000 miles faded to a 45 minute drive…which ended in the BEST FIRST DATE EVER!

Then back to being 1500 miles away… flights back and forth…fun family visits and many AWESOME DATES (fireworks, redwoods, beach, cheese, sourdough bread…long distance gives the chance for pretty much the best dating moments ever!)

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I was totally surprised by Matt’s proposal. He did soooo good and as I am hard to surprise he gets major props! Matt came the day after thanksgiving for a visit. We had planned to go to the apple orchard and hang out with my family for the weekend.  We like to go for walks so I didn’t think anything of it when we went for a walk Friday evening and then again Saturday morning through the orchard. I usually bring my fisheye lens and we take silly pictures on our walks. Well toward the end of the morning walk Matt says we need one more picture over by those trees. I didn’t think anything of it (this was typical Matt/Amanda behavior) and he wasn’t acting nervous or anything.  We took a few more pictures then all of the sudden he said I had to close my eyes for the next picture. When I opened my eyes there was an amazing ring in his hand.  My gasp was quite large and then he got down on one knee and asked THE QUESTION, to which I responded “a thousand times yes” and then started squealing from shock. Matt picked the perfect ring, it is the most sparkly ring and makes me smile quite large. Yup! He is a total keeper!

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and that is how a pilot and photographer came to be! #begrateful

God is so gracious and good to give me this amazing guy as my husband. I am so happy and completely overwhelmed with how God has blessed me. And …I won’t write much more because the photos below tell the story quite well. Thank you all for your sweet comments and encouragement. Matt and I are overjoyed at the support we have received from all our family and friends!

And….thanks Annie for snapping these photos..you did amazing!! Matt and Annie were extremely patient with this photographer who prefers to be behind the camera.

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  • Jean MeersDecember 20, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    I love the pictures they AWESOME
    So excited for your time with us next week

  • MarthaDecember 20, 2014 - 10:54 pm

    Yay!!! So excited for you as you begin this new chapter of your life!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Helen StirlingDecember 21, 2014 - 1:58 am

    It’s only natural that your photos are beautiful———you are a photogenic couple who are obviously in love!! We pray for God’s continued hand of blessing upon you both as you enter into the most exciting adventure of your lives together, ordained by Him from the beginning of time.ReplyCancel

  • CorieDecember 21, 2014 - 7:29 pm

    Ahh I love this post! It’s as though you two have always been a couple…so right! And it comes through in these photos!
    I can hardly remember the Amanda who would shake her head and say ‘yucky’ about all things dating and marriage;)
    Soo happy for you dear. So looking forward to meeting Matt- congratulations to him for winning your heart, he has done well for himself!ReplyCancel

  • kathy youngDecember 22, 2014 - 5:43 am

    So happy, happy, happy for both of you. Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Hale.... PamFebruary 3, 2015 - 9:15 pm

    So excited and happy for you!!!
    The pics highlight what a super cute couple you and Matt are!
    Britta gave me the link to your site – news came via Norway… making your engagement world renown. :-)
    Love to you – Amanda & Matt!!!ReplyCancel

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