Arvo Adventure

Kelsie is one of my favorite photographers here in Utah. She took the engagements and bridals for one of my friends and I’ve been following her work for a couple months now. She is absolutely amazing! I love everything she does so when she asked Trent and I to come shoot with her I freaked out. I was so excited!! (Trent thought I was nutso). Kelsie and I were texting back and forth all day figuring out logistics and around 2:30 I headed up to Ogden for hair and makeup. The darling hair and makeup artist, Bailey, was a dream to work with and I was so impressed by everything she did. Go check her out on Instagram (@schiessstyles) She is phenomenal. After we finished that, we went up to Snowbasin for the shoot. The shoot was a product shoot for a company called Corda. They are a business that make these incredible rope sandals while providing sustainable jobs to underprivileged people in Ethiopia. It was incredible to listen to their story and  hear about all of the good they are doing. I was so impressed. Not only do the sandals support a great cause but they are insanely comfy! I didn’t want to take them off! On top of the sandals we got to shoot with a rad van, the arvo van. It was sweet. Trent and I totally wished it was ours. This shoot really was such a blast and I can’t wait to work with Keslie again. Here are some images for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

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I can’t be done without saying how ridiculously grateful I am for Trent. He is the greatest adventure buddy anyone could every ask for, he does crazy things simply because I asked and he loves me so so so incredibly well. I love you T.

Photography: @kelsieemmphoto

Sandals: cordalife.com

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So Here’s the Story…

This week makes an entire year since Trent proposed and I answered the easiest question I’ve ever been asked. I’ve told the story multiple times but never written it out. Hopefully anyone who stumbles across this might find some enjoyment but this is probably more for me than for you.

My two other sisters had just previously gotten engaged and my twin sister was just a couple weeks away from getting married. Trent and I had talked about getting married and I was hoping he would propose but I thought it would probably be after Emma’s wedding just to let things settle down a bit.

The week leading up to Friday, February 19th, was so busy, especially for Trent. He was helping his Dad up at the farm as well as doing lots of homework, or so he said. In reality he was up at the farm with his brother multiple days in a row making sure everything was going to be perfect. He asked me to go on a group date with some of his mission buddies on Friday night and Emma had a wedding shower that same night. I asked my parents if I could leave a tad early from the shower to go on this group date and they said yes but still made me feel somewhat guilty…those little stinkers, they were in on the whole thing.

Friday night came and it felt like I hadn’t seen Trent in FOREVER. I just wanted to chat his ear off. The shower was fun and then right before we were going to leave, the group date was cancelled. Trent suggested we go ice skating instead. We drove downtown and as we were chatting, a random number called Trent. He asked me if I thought he should answer it and I thought he should. It ended up being his brother who had apparently dropped his phone up at Cascade Springs, this beautiful nature reserve up in Midway. He was going to be at a work meeting till late and he asked if we would be willing to go and get it. Trent was a little tentative, he’s an incredibly good actor, but I assured him that it would be a fun adventure! Trent and I are always up for those late night adventures and he knew that. I set myself up perfectly for the entire thing!

We quickly stopped by his house to grab some warmer clothes and then we took off to the farm. I texted my dad to tell him we were going to be late that night and he just told us to be safe and text him when I got home. Little did I know that the minute I had left the wedding shower the family had jumped into action and they were already halfway up to the farm to get into place. My family and Trent’s family rode up to Cascades Springs in a great big caravan of snowmobiles. My little sister, Hope, always comments that it was so cool and they felt like they were in an  action movie of some sort driving up in the night.

Trent and I made it up to the farm and we took off up to Cascades Springs which is about a 15-20 minute ride. The night could not have been more perfect. There was a full moon, the sky was perfectly clear and it wasn’t too cold either. As we were driving we passed a couple snowmobiles on the side of the road that Trent commented must have come from earlier that day. False. It was actually our family driving up before us whose snowmobiles had over heated…I had no clue. As we arrived at Cascades I saw some lights in the back and Trent said they were just cabins back there. We got off of the snowmobile and started walking through the springs looking for the phone. As we got closer to the top where a little bridge is, I started noticing individual lights. My heart stopped and I think all I could say was, “Are you serious?” He eventually got me up on the bridge and knelt down and asked me to marry him. I of course said, “YES!” Right after that, fireworks erupted in the sky.  Fireworks!!! I was dying! Then both our families came out of hiding to congratulate us and we went down to the farm for hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls. It was the sweetest, most unforgettable night and I’m so grateful for Trent making it such a surprise. I had no idea! I was so glad that both our families got to be a part of such a sweet experience. We all just talked and laughed about both sides of the story. I loved hearing every little detail and it turned out to be quite an adventurous night for all of us!

To make things even more unforgettable, Trent, his brother and I had to go rescue one of the overheated snowmobiles after all the festivities. I think I ended up getting home around 4 A.M. That’s okay…I couldn’t have fallen asleep anyway. 😉

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Birthday!

Today, February 2nd, may or may not be my favorite day of the whole year…it totally is. I am in love with birthdays. Is there anything more fun than celebrating someone you love for a whole day? I don’t think so! So I am especially in love with today because I get to celebrate my favorite person’s birthday! Trent is turning 23. Woot! Woot! Best day ever!!!

Tonight we are going out with Trent’s family. Tomorrow is his birthday date! Wahoo! And Sunday we’re celebrating with my side of the family. So much to look forward to!

I’ve known Trent for a long time…in fact, I think it was around this exact time 6 years ago that we first became friends in math class. Emma and I switched into that class at the beginning of the semester and we sat right next to Trent. I thank Heavenly Father often for that little miracle.

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So..for Trent’s birthday I thought I would tell you 23 things I love about Trent.

  1. He loves me…all the time. Even when I’m grumpy or moody or just plain tricky to love. He loves me.
  2. His willingness to learn about things that I love. I think in the past couple years Trent has heard more about dance, music and teaching than he had his entire life.
  3. His willingness to share the things he loves with me. Trent could easily take a buddy on his adventures but more often then not, he invites me.
  4. Trent is always happy. Even when it’s the worst situation possible and there is no reason to be happy, he finds a way to be happy.
  5. His love for the outdoors. He loves to be outside, doing everything and anything.
  6. His stories. Trent has some crazy stories from his teenage years and I could listen to them forever.
  7. I love Trent’s willingness to try new things with me. It may not be the first thing on his list, but he is always so supportive.
  8. He always knows what to do. We’ve had our fair share of dangerous situations and I’m always amazed at how Trent pulls through. (Just ask me about when our boat caught on fire…)
  9. I love how Trent loves his mission. Whenever he talks about it, it’s with a passion and a love that amazes me every time.
  10. He has such an adventurous spirit. He thinks of the wildest ideas and then somehow convinces me to tag along and I always have fun. teengagements-98
  11. He loves Mexican food as much as me.
  12. He has a scary good Paul Walker impersonation.
  13. He loves to make new friends.
  14. I love how much Trent loves the Gospel and how much he loves teaching Sunday School in our Ward. (The kids in his class bring treats every week so what’s not to love but still.)
  15. I love how much Trent loves all of his family but especially his Mom. They have the sweetest relationship and I love it.
  16. I love how much Trent loves my family! He is always so go with my little sisters and we all love having him around.
  17. I love that Trent picked me. He could have picked anyone in the world, and he picked me. We had a wild ride after our missions (story for another time) but I just feel so blessed that he chose me.
  18. I love Trent’s hands. They always show the stresses of life but they also show the adventures of life and I can do anything with his hand in mine.
  19. I love how respectful Trent is of me.
  20. His adventures. There is nothing like them. Sometimes they’re planned and other times we just pull over on the side of the road and go climb a mountain. Never a dull moment with this wonderful boy.
  21. I love what an incredibly hard worker Trent is.
  22. I love how Trent and I can be so goofy together. The other day we were saying something back and forth to each other  and someone asked if we were quoting a movie…nope, that’s just our life.teengagements-65
  23. I simply love life with him. There is nothing better.

I am forever grateful for my forever adventure buddy, my love and best friend.

Happy Birthday darling!

Photography: Alyssia B. Photography

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This weekend we took to Midway for some pictures with Shutter Lush by Paige Jackman. First of all, Paige is an absolute doll and we had so much fun getting to know her and hearing her story. She’s a newly-wed, just like us! It was fun to swap our “So how did you meet your husband?” stories as well as simply get to know her. She is such a darling person and we highly recommend getting any photos done by her. Paige knows exactly what she is doing. I love the warm feel her photos have and she plays with light so beautifully. We seriously could not have had a more wonderful time.

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We drove up the lane to the farm and almost got stuck, there was sooooo much snow! I’ve never seen so much snow up there! The fields were covered and everything was frozen. It was crazy beautiful but we were all wondering how these pictures were going to work. Luckily, Paige is an absolute genius and we wound or way down the lane finding perfect little spots to shoot. We eventually ventured into the horse coral for some pictures with Trent’s horse, Britches. There was snow up to my shins and Paige was climbing all over the place. To say it was a simple photo shoot is an understatement…

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Britches thinks we’re crazy…

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There was snow in my boots and my toes were frozen but it was totally worth it. Trent was such a good sport running around with us and he is always fun to take pictures with. I am so in love with this boy…it’s ridiculous. (P.s. It’s his birthday this Thursday and boy do I have a celebration planned…stay tuned for the details)

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Dress: shopjessakae.com (Darling new arrivals. Use code elizaj10 for $$ discount)

Live and Learn

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Trent took me on a date last week and boy was it an adventure. It had just snowed the day before and T planned for us to go on a snowmobile journey. I’m not as good as Trent on a snowmobile but I’m slowly getting better so we thought it would be fun.

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The day couldn’t have been more gorgeous. There was powder everywhere, the sun was out and we were having so much fun. We stuck around the farm for a bit, Trent tried to teach me some tricks (I struggled) and then we took the back trails up to Cascade Springs. We saw a mama moose and a ton of deer, it was absolutely amazing. As we neared our destination, I was starting to get tired, which Trent knows is never a good idea. We turned onto a road that was completely covered with snow making it a steep slant and I started to freak out just a bit. I’ll spare you the gory details but let’s just say that I was crying, Trent was trying to make sure we didn’t die and we ended up driving back on one snowmobile instead of two because the other one got seriously stuck.

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As I was riding back with T, I began thinking about life. Sometimes life is glorious, every moment full of sunshine, gorgeous views and laughter, but in the next moment you’re stuck on the side of a mountain tears streaming down your face and completely frustrated.  Both moments can teach you something about yourself but most often, it’s the harder times that teach you the most. I was again reminded just how lucky I am to have Trent. He handled everything so well. He had to go up the next day to rescue the stuck snowmobile and I’m pretty sure he came home with hypothermia or something. He always knows what to do in a scary situation and I am always so impressed. Sitting on the back of that snowmobile, riding home close to sunset, I was again reminded that life is fragile and can change at any moment. Thankfully we have each other to hold on to.

Adventurous date turned into a serious life lesson. Who would have thought? 😉

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