Today’s engagement session is a true testament to absence makes the heart grow fonder! Ashley and Sidney had known each other as friends for many years before they took the relationship plunge. They had mutual friends but she was miles away in Portland. Could this really work? Well, if you look at the pics below you will see that it did work! These two are the epitome of sophistication at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
From the Bride:
Sidney and I first learned of one another through our mutual friends in 2007! This is when the social media craze began. I was over at one of my best girlfriend’s house and we were on the beloved “Myspace.” She says, “OH! Let me show you Sidney…” I swear, it was love at first sight! Eventually we exchanged number and started to text and talking every day.Throughout the years we had other relationships, but our friendship never ceased. How could we make a long distance work? There was just no way. Telephone conversations, Skype calls and texts were off and on the next five years until October 2012. Sidney and I were both at a place in our lives where taking risks wasn’t so “risky” and as responsible adults- the idea of “us” became a reality.Even though we knew one another for so long, we never actually met in person. February 2013, Vegas happened! Together with a group of friends our time spent felt like, “We could do this forever.” The flights back home were long and the time in between our next visit were even longer.The following May we decided to spend my birthday with him, his family and friends in DC. It was my first time on the east coast and I had an absolute blast! As soon as I got home to Portland, we were planning another trip to see one another. We even started talking about relocating! The idea was nuts, but definitely worth it. The plan was the following spring 2014…man, we were wrong! Our entire lives changed a few months later. July 25th 2013, we invested in one another 100% and Sidney moved to Portland, OR.December 23rd, 2014 Sidney proposed! Just the two of us, in our home, rose petals, candle light and a beautiful handmade scrap book full of pictures that told our journey together. The last page was a picture of my engagement ring. By the time I looked up, Sidney was on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of our lives together. Of course I said yes! We are so thankful! Everyone has made this transition in both of our lives easier than anything we could have ever expected. Our friends and family have been nothing but supportive, accepting and we couldn’t feel more blessed!”
Rhea Whitney is a Professional Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer located in Washington, DC. Find out more about her here.