Ashley and Tim’s relationship began at a High School Track competition; Tim ran sprints, Ashley jumped hurdles. The metaphor is SO tempting to run with (no pun intended), but we’ll try to resist. Tim and Ashley’s relationship has had it’s share of obstacles and both have needed to pull strength from within to overcome breaks, break-up’s, and physical distance separating the two for most of their relationship.
Young love often finds itself at a diverging road, destined only to become a defining memory of adolescence. Ashley and Tim’s love rather, just went underground for the few years they were going their separate ways studying photography and attending college, respectively.
The holiday’s have a way of bringing people together and considering both of their parents live in the same town, it was more a matter of when rather than if. We suspect the intoxicating mix of mistletoe, the ubiquitous smell of all things nutmeg, and fire-side-snuggling on a cold December night in Palm Springs was just what it took to bring the two back together; and by New Years the relationship was stronger than ever. This joy would be short-lived when Tim received his orders to ship out to Marine Corps boot camp just a few months later. Boot camp is not the ideal scenario for nurturing a new relationship but the two remained committed. The tests were just beginning as shortly after completing boot-camp, Tim was off to training in Maryland for 6 months, then off on a 13 month deployment to Afghanistan.
We met Ashely awhile back when she wrote us as a 4th year photography student at Cal State Fullerton to see if we had any opportunities as a photography assistant. She started working with us straight away, and her infectious positive attitude, hard work and ingenuity was a perfect fit for us and now we can no longer live with out her! She talked a lot about Tim and her excitement about getting married, but it always seemed so far away, as he was still in Afghanistan. One day on our way home from a wedding, we asked when her wedding was and who was photographing it – she answered that it was only a few months away and she didn’t know! I knew immediately that it had to be us as we already felt like Ashley was a part of our family.. and though we hadn’t yet met Tim, we knew we would love him too!
Their love and passion for being active in the great outdoors brought the them together; their love and belief in each other is what brought them to the Indio polo fields on March 24th. Under the same wide open skies they ran under so many years ago as kids, they declared their love for each other in front of family and friends. The day was absolutely stunning. Tim was, in fact… super cool (he even got on a bronze horse when Dennis asked him too), and we couldn’t have been happier to have met him and seen them together after all that time. Now that they are married, they are looking to spend much more time together, and we are sad to say Ashley will be following Tim to North Carolina when she graduates (yes, they are apart again, but only for a few months this time). Though we won’t be working with her anymore we are happy that they will finally be together and wish them much all the happiness in the world.