Tressa and Geoff came into my life through photography as complete strangers but in minutes felt like close friends. After an evening of having drinks and running around Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island well after sunset, I knew they were something special and we’d see each other again. We had all hyped up the idea of double date, and I found myself excited to see that through, also knowing Ev would easily connect with these two.
Months later, Evan was added to the mix. We sipped on Margs in Georgetown, forced Geoff to tell the story of how him and Tress met and then made our way back to their apartment to watch Lil Dicky music videos and play with their pup (who I think has a man crush on Ev.) Honestly as I get older, this is my ideal kinda night and as I sit back and reflect over the past year and a half, I feel sad that this kinda evening won’t be happening more often with these two. Now that we live in Portland, we are distanced from T + G, and I’m real sad about it.
Several months before their wedding, Tress invited me to her bach party. I felt so excited that a client/new friend would include me in such a significant event and I gladly said I’d go. The night before, I became anxious and told Ev, “I can’t do this! I can’t walk into a bach party of 20 women. Who will I talk to? What if I’m not cool enough?” As I get older, I’ve found myself experiencing more social anxiety and it really got to me the night before I made the drive to Cle Elum for the two day overnight trip. I decided to go anyway.
I showed up and was immediately greeted with the warmest hellos. Many hugs. Many questions! People were so kind and engaging, and after a few White Claws I texted Evan in all caps “I AM IN AWE BY THE KINDNESS OF THE WOMEN HERE. Imagine 20 Tressa’s!!”
Here I am. The new friend. Feeling just as included and just as loved as anyone else. I left wanting to be friends with every single woman on that trip. SO telling of the friends that T + G attract – loving women who lift one another up and support each other 100 percent. Despite a variety of personalities, I witnessed a really unique dynamic over the course of those two days and I’m better because of it.
One of the most memorable parts of the trip – during a wine tasting tour on the second day of trip, I watched Tressa circling the room checking on friends making sure every lady was enjoying herself. And I just had a strong moment of gratitude that this job brings new people into my life that I may not ever have had the chance to connect with before. Really good-to-the-bone people. The kinda of people that really care about the humans in their lives.
Tressa and Geoff were married on a private property on Whidbey Island, accompanied by the best crew of people and it was so heart warming to be surrounded by so many new friends! I just adore these two. I am so happy for them!