The last three years have been something I could never have imagined. Meeting an incredible person, with a caring heart and who puts others before herself was what I discovered when Allie and I spent our first date in Cannon Beach three years ago.
We have enjoyed many weekends and past anniversaries there. When I was ready to ask Allie to marry me I knew that Cannon Beach was the only place to do it. As a photographer I wanted to capture this special moment for the two of us.
Unfortunately, when we got to the beach thick fog was hiding most of Haystack Rock, the Cannon Beach landmark that I wanted to include in our proposal photos. I spent 20 or so minutes stalling trying to think of a backup plan. Nothing else seemed to be a comparable substitute to Haystack Rock. Luckily just as Allie was suggesting to head to town for lunch the clouds blew off the shore revealing Haystack. I asked if we could take one picture before we left the beach. I made sure to have a camera set up on tri-pod to capture the moment. Luckily I do this so often to get photos of us together that Allie did not suspect a thing.
We spent the following couple of days at Cannon Beach enjoying our time as a newly engaged couple and took a photos together. I got to capture our own true engagement photos. The whole thing is still very exciting as we enjoy our first anniversary as fiancés.
As someone who is a full-time professional wedding photographer, I’m now on the other side of spectrum. In the short time we have been planning our wedding I have learned a lot from the planning and decision making process. Now I look forward to making improvements on my end, as a professional, to create an easier and more helpful experience for future couples.
We have no clue when and where we will get married. Regardless, I can’t wait for the day because I already have the girl picked out and she’s perfect. Happy three-year anniversary Allie!
I took most of these photos by either holding my camera out in front of me or setting my camera up on a tri-pod. The one exception is the third to last photo which was taken by my little brother Elliott Westom.