They ran in the same circle of friends 15 years prior. They even were “talking” for a bit, but it never developed into anything at the time. Sometimes, timing is everything and for Ashley and Dustin that was certainly the case. They went their separate ways and lost touch over the years, but both still thought highly of the other. Out of the blue quite a few years later, Dustin sent Ashley a message and asked her to go on a date with him. She was reluctant. She was fresh off a break up and didn’t know if she was ready to date. Something tugged at her and she decided she’d give it a chance.
He wanted to do a fancy dinner and she scratched that immediately. “Let’s just meet for a drink instead” she said, keeping things as casual as possible. When their date finally came, the two shared a few drinks and a ton of laughs. They were both a little scared. Both had children, and careers, and didn’t want to get into anything that could be painful down the road. So they took things slow. After a few months they decided the risk was well worth the reward and they decided to move forward. The first step in doing so – letting their kids meet one another. Neither wanted to take that step until they knew it was the “real deal”. Ashley later moved in and they started life as a blended family.
In December they took a trip to Disney World together as a family. It was the day before Ashley’s daughter Hinlee’s birthday, and Dustin planned what she thought was a dinner to celebrate. To her surprise right there at the top of Cinderella’s castle, in front of their children as the fireworks went off, Dustin asked Ashley to marry him. Glass slipper and all. Just like Cinderella, timing was everything to finally get her prince.
Ashley and Dustin say “I do” in less than 2 weeks! We are so excited to have had the opportunity to photograph them so close to their wedding day when the comfortableness and rapport we’ve established is fresh. We know many people like having save the dates, but there is something really exciting about doing your engagement session closer to your wedding day! We are thrilled to share a sneak peek at their beautiful session, and can’t wait for the next time when we share their wedding photos!!