From the happy couple:
Bright and early on a sunny, fall morning, Jackie walked into work to meet Sarah for the first time. They were scheduled to work together for 3 weeks, Jackie as a medical resident and Sarah as a medical intern. To their surprise, they both had short black hair and thick-rimmed glasses, and were wearing the same shoes. They would later spend a lot of time outside of work together, learning of other similarities between them: they lived in the same apartment complex, Elf was their favorite movie, they had the same public health degree, they had many of the exact same sweaters and pants, and so much more. It’s no surprise that they often times still walk out of the house and realize that they are wearing the same outfit. People still tell them they are “disgustingly cute” as frequently today as when they first met – a fact that they hope never changes.
In the winter of 2013, Sarah bought a ring for Jackie and was ready to propose, but sadly had to postpone her plans when Jackie broke her wrist while snowboarding. Jackie had a painful, swollen left hand and Sarah, being a traditionalist, would not settle for placing the ring on Jackie’s right hand. So the ring sat in Sarah’s sock drawer and waited. A few months later, Jackie thankfully recovered from the injury, so Sarah replanned her proposal for the night of March 14th. Little did she know that Jackie had also bought a ring and while Sarah was at work on the 13th, Jackie was on their rooftop setting up an elaborate garden complete with lights, music, and a mini homemade dancefloor. At midnight, Jackie took Sarah to their rooftop and proposed, sixteen hours before Sarah had planned her very own separate proposal!! Sarah then got to surprise Jackie with the ring she’d been hiding for months. They laughed about their dual sneakiness and how, of course, they would both pick the same exact day to propose. Jackie still likes to rub it in that she beat Sarah to the punch.
After getting engaged, Jackie and Sarah had no idea what to do next to plan the big day. They weren’t the kind of girls who’d been planning this since childhood and hadn’t given much thought to what a “perfect wedding” might look like. All they knew was that they wanted a place where the people they loved could gather, celebrate, and enjoy the weekend with them. They decided they wanted a barn wedding with a mountainous landscape, so they googled “barn wedding, west coast” and found Brasada Ranch in Bend, Oregon. Despite the fact that neither of them had any connection to Oregon, Brasada had enough housing to fit everyone for an entire weekend, a heated pool for a rehearsal pool party, a barn for the reception, and a snow covered mountain range in the distance. Done and done. After much research, they opted to have IQ photo, from their hometown of San Francisco, come to Oregon to shoot the wedding. A couple dresses, some painted mason jars, and a lot of twine later, they were ready to go. Sarah and Jackie spent three incredible days with 60 of their closest family and friends, blessed with gorgeous 70 degree weather in late October. In the end, they had the “perfect wedding” not because of the dress, the cake (which they scrapped for chocolate chip cookies), or the decorations, but because of the love and people that surrounded them that day. After the wedding, they were a little bit nervous to see their pictures because they had a memory in their minds of what their wedding felt like for them, and weren’t sure if seeing pictures would change that. Of course, they were worried for absolutely NO reason because the photos perfectly captured the sentiments they remembered from their wedding. The pictures were an awesome gift that will allow them to always remember one of the happiest times in their lives.