On Cassandra and Ryan’s very first date, they met up at a nearby resort, walked on the cool grass under the evening stars and listened to live music as they walked side by side. Even though it was their first time spending together, the conversation was easy and time passed quickly. They could’ve talked all night. When Cassandra got home that evening, her mom was still up. Waiting. Hoping. Wanting an update. “How did it go?” she asked. I’m going to marry him, Cassandra replied.
And she. was. right.
What’s not to love? Ryan is a kind, down-to-earth, others-first kind of guy. A throwback of sorts, from a better time. He’s dedicated the past few years to teaching special education and kindergarten. KINDERGARTEN. Ladies, be honest, there are few things more attractive than a man doing that. Cassandra loves kids, too, one of many things that makes them such a great match. She’s a full-time nanny to four, including two toddlers and two teenagers! Which basically makes her a saint.
Over the past few years, Cassandra and Ryan’s parents have become friends. (Which is basically OUR dream… to be best friends with Beckett’s wife’s parents.) So when it was time for Ryan to propose, all four parents were there. Hiding. iPads in hand. Ready for the big moment. (As parents, this is also our dream!)
Due to weather, a phrase we almost never utter in Arizona, we had to cancel Cassandra and Ryan’s first engagement session. AND, BOY, ARE WE SO GLAD WE DID. Because the second time around was Arizona springtime at its finest. Mid-seventies. Slight breeze. Thin veil of clouds in the sky. Foliage in full bloom. If we could order weather, this would be it!
Cassandra and Ryan, your kindness and joyfulness are rare and refreshing. We were already excited for your wedding before our time together, but now we’re disappointed. Because we don’t want to wait a full year to get you back in front of our cameras! Until then, we hope you love these photos as much as we do and keep taking that signature smile everywhere… everywhere you go.
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