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There comes a time in a person’s life where all of the roads traveled lead them to where they are supposed to be. This is where I am. In Chris’s arms, in the middle of a forest, with people watching us take photos, yet we are the only ones there. Chris and I have enjoyed our first year together and with that comes pictures to celebrate where we are in our lives as an engaged couple.

Engagement photos are special in so many ways. They reflect the beginning of two lives together before they are joined in holy matrimony and for that I knew I wanted ours to speak to who we are. Laid back, adventurous, a bit quirky, and (if you can’t tell already) very outdoorsy.  I was lucky enough to have stumbled upon Jodi Botke with Giving Tree Photography and was instantly enwrapped in the artistic yet vintage style of her photos.

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Rattlesnake Ledge was the perfect place for our pictures. Although we had to hike about 2 miles to get to the top, the sweat, messy hair, and even rain were worth it all once we set eyes on this majestic view.

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“Love does not (only) consist of gazing into each other’s eyes… but in looking outward toward the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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… And dancing at any given moment!

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… And laughing together to keep the fun and joy alive.

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… And concentrating. On your happiness and love. And what to eat for dinner?…  And why is my earring falling out? … And Chris’s adorable red nose! Love it so much!

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… And taking the leap, jump, hop, dosey doe, or ‘dougie’ down the wedding aisle!

Wedding Date TBD. Yes, I know you are dying to see Chris in a nice tux or suit but timing is everything people. And when the time is right you will be the first to know.  Until then make sure to check out Rattlesnake Ledge in Washington because it sure is a sight to see!

Photos by Jodi Botke with Giving Tree Photography (See more of our pics here)

White lace top: Forever 21

White tank and Black Tribal Skirt: Show Me Your Mumutank, skirt alternative

Eyelashes: Noir Lash Lounge

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  • Joei Miu

    Your love shines :) so happy for the both of you. Beautiful engagement pictures, it was definitely a nice place for this special moment and it’s the State you guys decided to start your lives together. That reminds me… we still haven’t taken our engagement pictures, it’s so hard to choose a place! Wish me luck Des!

    • desireehartsock

      Thank you so much! And Good luck! ;)

  • Garabato

    Gorgeous pics. Thanks for sharing with all us.. ;)

  • marijan69

    He is a handsome man but please get rid of the whiskers and hopefully when they get married.

  • m.

    He needs to shave … really bad.

  • Rachel

    Hey Des & Chris, beautiful landscape for a beautiful couple. I commend you for not being pressured into a wedding date, you both need to decide when the time is right for you, no rush… :) Also, I think Chris looks great just as he is, no need to shave…I like a man with a little bit of whiskers, just ask my husband :) I love your outfits Des…I also shop at Forever 21 and got some pretty unique clothes that fit my style too. Congrats to the two of you and thanks for letting us all in to be a part of your lives during this memorable journey. P.S. Can’t wait to check out Rattlesnake Ridge in WA!

  • Julia Kovacova

    Gorgeous pictures! You both look so happy and pretty. Good luck, Des!

  • Lucie Raphard

    Wahou you both look stunning! Beautiful pictures! I was wondering where is that place?

  • Nancy Chinchar

    love men with beards!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP THE WHISKERS!

  • Victoria Reed

    gorgeous photos! these are really stunning!

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  • c.

    Did you go early in the morning?
    I love rattlesnake ridge, but have never seen it vacant of people!

    • desireehartsock

      We went around 9:30-10 and there were still people there watching us but at least we were able to get the photos we wanted. It is absolutely stunning up there!

  • xtina

    Absolutely stunning and adorable moments captured! So happy for you both! Des, where are your boots from? I love your style!

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