{you are the story. i am the narrator.}

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Redwoods Engagement Photos | Sea Ranch Photographer | Elisa + Dale

A Redwoods Engagement Photos Story

In a house of Redwoods older than her, older than him, older than the two of them together times ten, the stillness settles down upon them. He kisses her forehead, not quickly; not in passing. No: his lips graze her temple with lingering softness, luxuriating in the knowledge that she is his forever, that this moment is ephemeral, but that she, in his arms, is not.

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wrapped up
nose to nose
lost in each other
almost to forever
life adventure
family

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Adventure both suits them, and doesn’t. In this wild forest, they are just as much at home as they would be on their couch. Sitting on a nearby log, her head drops to his shoulder, they share a laugh, and fingers find fingers to clasp, secure in the knowledge that they are each other’s future. One shared future in the roadmap of their life together, redwoods engagement photos just a blip on the map.

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Her ring. I could tell you about her engagement ring, custom-made, just her for finger, for her heart, unique from the diamond to the band, having no symmetry, hailing from New Mexico.

Or I could tell you about the silent song that wraps itself around them, pulling her body into his, a ring of a different kind: a choice to fall into each other, to be what she needs, to be what he needs.

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It should be criminal to have so much fun together; but thankfully, it’s not. The highs of life are so much higher because Elisa and Dale share them. The joys of life are so much deeper because they experience them together. Dreams are bigger, hopes are grander, life is sweeter, all because they can turn a serious moment into laughter.

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Together, they take on the world with fierceness, fearlessness, hope, and determination. They are each other’s strength and calm. They rest in each other.

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And resting is good, but so is laughing. Life is serious and hard, bringing new challenges every time the sun rises, and with each other, they can laugh through it, dance through it, be each other’s light when things get heavy. They are so good at making each other laugh.

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Hand in hand, they walk, not into the sunset, but the future, into the great adventure of life together, being their own family. Road trips and mountain climbs, walks along the sun-soaked beach, hikes through wooded places.

Come back for more of Elisa and Dale’s story after their may wedding in Redlands, CA, and check back tomorrow for photos from their camping adventure in Sea Ranch, CA with Sarah.

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