We first met in 2013 while I (M) was wrangling horses on a ranch outside Yellowstone National Park in WY (right before starting university). I was living out my full American cowgirl dream (boots, hats and all) and had one of the best summers of my life when Rob came along.
I (Rob) was on an epic cross country mountain bike journey from Portland, ME to Portland, OR. I was planning on finding a lot of cool things and seeing some incredibly beautiful scenery along the way. What I wasn’t planning on finding was the love of my life, M. Both of us were absolutely covered in dirt, sweat, and grime after the day’s hard work but still completely smitten with each other.
Eventually, we both settled in Lake Tahoe (after 3 years of long distance SWE —> USA and USA —> SWE relationship-ing while M was finishing her degree), and that’s where our dream of VILD Photography really began to take root.
My (M’s) dad, was visiting from Sweden and had been kind enough to take some photos of us both together as we wanted photos of ourselves.
I, (Rob) had asked for Rolands permission years ago and knew it would mean a lot to M if he could be there for the proposal. I also thought it would be really neat if he also could get a couple of photos of it so I asked and he got SO excited from the idea! All while M was getting ready (‘to simply go photograph behind our house’) I showed Roland a couple simple tricks so that he could best capture THIS moment.
Well out on the trail we stopped a few times to take some photos and Rob casually continued his little lessons. Once we made it to the top of the hill Rob started to pull me in really close and said some super sweet things right as he went down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes, yes and YES!!! This was all on May 20th, 2019.
OMG! We’re MARRIED!! After a lot of ups and down planning through the pandemic we finally got to have our day and it could not have been more perfect!
M started her hair and makeup at 2:30am and finished in time for us to do our sunrise hike at 5:00am. We watched the sunrise from our favorite mountain top while sharing our vows. The rest of the day was filled with breakfast, swimming, dinner, and relaxing with some of our closest people. it was a long 22 hour day that flew by because we just had so much fun!
We will also be going on a honeymoon to Iceland by the end of October 2020 and hopefully do a “wedding celebration” in Sweden during 2021 to include M’s Swedish family. *Fingers crossed*