Real Couples // Summer Evening Engagement: Aisha + Rachel

We met at a bar. Rachel's friend bailed but she decided to go out anyways so she was standing by the wall. I walked past her at first but stopped and turned around to talk to her for some reason. Neither of us were expecting to meet anyone that night; neither of us were looking for a relationship at that point actually, but we started hanging out constantly after that night and we've basically been together ever since.

A lot of our friends seem to think we have this perfect relationship but we've had bumps in the road like any couple. The important thing however has been that we've used those bumps to really change our relationship for the better. They helped us to reflect and realize how much we loved each other and couldn't see our lives without the other in it. In those moments we both promised to make conscious efforts to better our relationship and have made good on those promises. Because of those moments, our relationship is a lot stronger and more authentic and we really are just disgustingly happy and in love the majority of the time.

Words by Aisha / Photos by Branch and Twig

Vancouver Washington Summer Evening LGBTQ Engagement Session by Jamie Carle

JAMIE CARLE

Jamie is the owner of Branch and Twig. She is 23 years old and resides in Vancouver, WA. Her background was always in videography. She was an AV nerd in high school and president of her school video club. When college came, she decided to major in graphic design and put video second. She became pregnant — and knowing she'd be a single mother — she made the choice to put off school while she worked, scraped, and saved. One way she was able to stay creative and sane was photography. Through thousands of photos of her baby, she was able to keep doing something really special.

She found a new passion and moved from her own child to other children, which then expanded into all kinds of family portraiture. She was asked if she offered wedding services, and at the time was floored. So she became a second shooter for another photographer and learned some ins and outs of the wedding business. This has become her favorite thing to do — capture love and tell your story.