Welcome back to our Hand-in-Hand blog post series, dedicated to our joyful just engaged/just married clients. This month, we interview Steven and Katie. They were generous enough to share their enchanting (read on to get-in-on the reference ;) engagement journey and, bonus -- they were the first to participate in our Just Engaged Photo-shoot Program. Our staff photographer, Bri McDaniel, met with the couple to take complimentary photos of these two happy people! See all the photos below.
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MK: How did you two first meet?
S&K: We met in a pretty unique way - working together on a trail crew! We both had previously worked for a nonprofit called the Student Conservation Association, separately leading high school students on month-long crews around the country to do trail building and environmental education, but had never crossed paths (despite being at the same training one summer!) Then in the fall of 2019, we both signed up for a short-term adult crew in Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. We were camping together with four other crew members, working together everyday, and cooking meals together. It's pretty easy to tell in those situations if you get along with someone or not, and it turns out that we really clicked. Plus we had a ton in commmon, and both really enjoyed getting to know each other! Katie had been living in Flagstaff, Arizona at the time, and Steven had been traveling through New Zealand, Chile, and the U.S. before the crew, and wasn't sure where he wanted to head next. After the crew Katie had been planning to take a few buses through the Upper Midwest to visit friends and then fly back to Arizona from Chicago, but Steven offered to drive with her, turning it into our first road trip (a true test of a relationship, right?!). We went to the headwaters of the Mississippi River, ate epic poutine, and saw friends of both of ours along the way. It was a super fun trip, and after a couple weeks after visitig friends and family back in Ohio, Steven decided to come out to Flagstaff to see how he liked it and if we still liked each other. Turned out we did, and having met in the close quarters of a trail crew, we were well equipped to get along in the COVID lockdowns that started a few months later. We moved to Olympia together last summer and have loved getting to know Washington together!
MK: Katie’s engagement ring is stunning! It looks magical and so special. I believe you customized our Bezel-set Seven Stone Cluster Ring with an heirloom center stone, teal sapphires, and light champagne diamond accent stones. Can you share the story behind the ring?
MK: I’m curious what your honeymoon plans are considering you both seem to have a love for the outdoors and perhaps a thirst for travel?
MK: Here's a fun question for both of you! Using a reference from nature what does your partner remind you of and why?
S: It's hard for me to pick just one flower that reminds me of Katie, because they all do. She's an ecologist, and loves to look at, photograph, identify, and smell every different flower we see while on a hike. I cannot see a flower while hiking and not think of her.
K: I'd say Steven reminds me of a Ponderosa pine tree. Where we lived in Flagstaff was amongst the largest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest in the world, so we got very used to hiking through them together. Steven loves trees and tree identification, and we'd jokingly, but also seriously, always stop to smell the butterscotch scent of their bark together and show visiting friends how magical they are. Now when I'm in an area of the Northwest that has Ponderosas I'm always excited to tell him, and it reminds me of our time together in Arizona!
Steven - my heart kind of melted when you said every flower reminds you of Katie! Thank you so much to both of you for participating in our Just Engaged Photo-shoot Program and Hand-in-Hand blog post. All of us at Aide-mémoire wish you a happy future filled with many memorable adventures!
feature image photo credit:
courtesy Steven and Katie, and their friends; photo was taken in the majestic Washington State Enchantments