ASHLEE+LOGAN ADVENTURE HIKING SESSION IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK | ESTES PARK, COLORADO ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHER | COLORADO ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY
I started working at my current job in March of 2013. Fresh out of college and new to Denver, Colorado. I had no clue what to expect from this phase in my life. It was then that I first met her. I was still reeling from the constant firehose that is the real-world of professional software engineering when she entered the same meeting as myself.
She was wearing what I now still consider her iconic black rimmed glasses and wild hair style with a single strand of red highlights. In that meeting she was tough, perceptive, and when she spoke everyone listened. You could tell the other engineers respected her opinion and that she had proven she deserved it. It was inspiring.
The following year and a half Ashlee and myself began to work more and more together and I was able to observe just how talented she was and how fun of a person. She always had some random new dance that she would deploy in almost every situation, and to this day I have not met someone who can quickly belt out a song lyric with such perfect comedic timing! However, it was not until more than a year later that we finally went on our first date.
As a proud Cajun, our coworkers had talked over the past year of going to Lucile’s for breakfast to see if it was up to my standards. It was Ashlee though, who finally pushed the issue and sent an invite for a one on one breakfast with her.
The image of her from that date is still swirling in my head to this day. I had arrived there early and put our name on the list and waited outside for her. I was nervous and unsure of what to expect pacing a small area and just observing the other patrons.
It was a sunny Colorado day. The kind of sunny that makes all the colors more vivid and full of life. She was wearing a yellow and white shirt with jeans. She saw me immediately and waved beaming the whole time she walked in my direction.
That smile against that sun radiated with a brightness I’d never experienced. It was sudden and unexpected, but I knew from that moment she had my heart. There was nothing I could do.
After that day our adventure began, and boy is Ashlee adventurous! We hiked all over Colorado and Utah. Camped and rode ATVs. Even canoed in Florida. Her excitement to try new things and love of getting outdoors was infectious. Yet it was only one of a variety of facets of her.
Just as much as she loved getting out of the house and being active she also loved to sit down and play board games and don’t stand in her way of victory if you do! She is one of the most strategically minded people I’ve met and has trounced me gloriously more times than I’d care to admit!
Our journey as friends has come so far since I met her 5 and a half years ago and these past 4 years of being in love has been just a whirlwind of learning and growing together into a stronger and more loving couple.
Every day I see her I see that radiance of hers on that morning at Lucile’s. Ashlee’s smile always brightens my day. We’ve come a long way but there is still so much more road to travel and I’m excited for every step of this adventure with her.