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Deception Pass, WA Engagement Session: Hollye & Andrea

Suzanne Rothemeyer Photography

Hollye and Andrea were introduced through mutual friends two and a half years ago. Both of their sets of friends were attending a benefit dinner in 2013, and randomly struck up conversation that evening without knowing one another. Somehow, they began speaking about their favorite lesbian friends, and both discovered that Hollye and Andrea were single. The matchmaking began. The friends exchanged pictures, discussed personalities and agreed the two would be perfect for each other.

Andrea was serving in the US Navy at the time, and participating in a training detachment with her squadron in Coronado, California. She wasn’t due home for three weeks. While life circumstances seemed imperfect, Andrea messaged Hollye. They texted, emailed and spoke on the phone for three weeks straight, immediately hitting it off. They planned to meet in person when Andrea returned from Coronado. Despite a delayed flight and terrible traffic, the two persisted in meeting that night, and they have been inseparable ever since.

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The Proposal

Hollye and Andrea live in a beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest called Whidbey Island. Their home backs up to popular Deception State Park. Several months prior to the engagement, Andrea purchased a ring for Hollye and hid it in the kitchen until the perfect opportunity arose. Last November, Hollye, her daughter and Andrea went for an after-dinner walk around the park and lake. Andrea revealed her plans to Hollye’s daughter and swore her to secrecy. During the sunset, near the lakeshore, she bent down on one knee and asked Hollye to be her wife.

Suzanne Rothemeyer Photography
Suzanne Rothemeyer Photography
Suzanne Rothemeyer Photography
Suzanne Rothemeyer Photography
Suzanne Rothemeyer Photography
Suzanne Rothemeyer Photography

Six months or so later, Andrea handed Hollye her fishing pole for a moment, on the very same lake. When she turned around she noticed a wedding band dangling from her fishing hook. Hollye smiled and asked if Andrea would marry her too.

Suzanne Rothemeyer Photography

Andrea recommends that other couples do their homework when choosing a photographer for their engagement session and wedding. She credits Suzanne Rothmeyer with making them feel comfortable in the very park where they were engaged.

Suzanne Rothemeyer Photography

Andrea’s aunt is an event planner, and has taken the reins in organizing the wedding. The historic Majestic Inn and Spa in Anacortes, Washington has made the planning very simple with top-notch staff and great communication. Both brides have busy professional lives, and having others to handle the planning has been a major relief.

Suzanne Rothemeyer Photography

Asked to share advice with other newly engaged couples, Andrea and Hollye recommended, “Communicate.  Communicate. Communicate.  Never assume your partner is a mind reader.”

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Photographer: Suzanne Rothmeyer Photography //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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