Kelly and Brandon~ Engaged
posted by Kelly
Kelly and Brandon, Brandon and Kelly. We were off to a great start with the name “Kelly”. We met up with these two lovebirds on a Sunday morning for breakfast in Georgetown, DC. Nothing says photo shoot like coffee and bacon breath! It took all of .0003489 seconds for us to realize that we hit relational gold yet again. (Thank you 2010 brides!) Laughing, joking and general tomfoolery came from the back of the restaurant as we got to know the story of Kelly and Brandon’s relationship.
Kelly and Brandon hadn’t been dating very long when Brandon dropped a major bomb; he was heading out to walk the Appalachian Trail. That is SIX months of walking from Georgia up to Maine. This isn’t your normal long distance relationship. Regular nightly phone chats from the middle of nowhere were not happening. Kelly explained that at first she was able to handle the distance but then it started to eat away at her and she knew she wanted to join him on the trail for a few nights to reconnect.
This is a very “opposites attract” couple. Kelly and I are kindreds in the fact that camping= electricity, toilets and a log cabin. Camping according to Brandon is tents, squatting behind trees, and making sure your sleeping bag has a little gap for mice to come in and out of so they don’t eat a hole in your bag. I wish I were kidding about that one. Feel free to shiver, I did.
Kelly tells the story of one of the nights in the tent that a wild animal started cracking it’s way through brush towards their tent. Heavy breathing, snorting, and lumbering are never good signs. It indeed was a bear. It got so close to their tent that it was rubbing it’s nose side to side leaving a dewey nose print trail behind. This is where the story gets pretty funny as Kelly does this amazing impression of Brandon using his “cowboy voice” by shouting from inside the tent in a low, authoritative tone “Go on now, GIT, GIT” . Brandon chimes in that he told Kelly to shout as loud as she could and all that left her frightened self was a little lamb “baaaaaa”. Needless to say, they survived…I know you were worried how the story ended. We got a great laugh out of that story. Just another reason why hiking the Appalachian Trail will never be on my bucket list!
So let’s get to the good stuff.
Kelly is an interior designer of corporate offices and has a great relationship with a local Danish furniture store, The Gallery, in Georgetown. This quaint, corner storefront was full of some of the coolest, functional furniture. Ryan is completely into Scandinavian design so he was ready to try and stuff a chair in our camera bag. He resisted but we did manage to plant our bums in several chairs before leaving the store.
Outfit change. We decided to walk the streets in Georgetown for a little bit. Kelly has such a gorgeous, classic look to her and I love Brandon’s rugged, mysterious charm that compliments Kelly so well. He sneaks in some sassy expressions here and there. We are on to you Brandon, I know you were digging the photo shoot!
Giving the ole “stank eye”
This kills me.
Our last stop was down at a battlefield in Manassas, VA. It was very rugged terrain and we were literally flicking ticks off us the whole time. A little unnerving! I didn’t see Brandon stepping up using his cowboy voice to tell those ticks to “GIT”! I was waiting for it the whole time.
This was the journal Brandon used when hiking the Appalachian Trail. We asked him what part of the trail was his favorite and without hesitation he said Monson, Maine.
I love how every couple has that “thing” they do together that is completely silly, irrelevant, and mysterious to other people….but to them, it is what makes them laugh, bond, and become a lifetime inside joke. This is Brandon’s thing he does to Kelly which is greatly amusing to us.
Kelly and Brandon, you guys were a DEEEELIGHT! Complete and utter kindreds. We can’t complain about anything that day but the insane amount of ticks in the field. Your wedding is going to be so much fun!