I drove down to Oceanside to meet Liz and Brett on what was probably the dreariest day of the week which made for some pretty cool fogginess for their beach-side engagement photos. Plus, (all aboard the dad-joke train...) their personalities shone right through and brightened up the day anyway. ;) Southern California's "June Gloom" ain't got nothing on these two. Okay, that's enough of that. I promise.
After being stationed in Japan for two years, Brett proposed to Liz at the airport as soon as he landed back in the States this past March. He enlisted the help of family and friends who each wore a t-shirt with a different word spelling out the question and apparently she said yes. :) They'll be husband and wife next May.
For now, though, the long-distance relationship continues, albeit a much shorter distance than before. This weekend, Liz flew out from Pennsylvania to visit Brett at Camp Pendleton and I am SO glad they took time out of their short visit with each other to be photographed. I can't imagine what it would be like to be in a long-term/long-distance relationship, but I'm sure when you DO see each other, hanging out with a complete stranger (ME!) for an hour isn't at the top of the to-do list. So I very much appreciate people who are willing to do whatever it takes to let me record a part of their personal history. It's my hope that photographs like these will stand out among a sea of selfies when it comes time for couples to sit down with their grandchildren and flip through the family photo album someday.
All that to say, thanks again, you two. You're lovely.
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