While the story of how Bethany + Cory met (on Instagram!) is kind of blowing our minds right now, we have a feeling that meeting the love of your life through social media will only become more and more popular as time goes by. These two deservingly have a huge following on Instagram – check them out @bethanymarie and @withhearts (and while you’re at it, follow GWS on IG if you don’t already!) – so it was only natural to honor their photography-loving roots with two super rad engagement sessions! The first one, captured by Phil Chester in Portland, was full of crazy-good portraits and some PNW scenery that will make you weak in the knees! The second session, by Ben Sasso at the iconic Imperial Sand Dunes + Joshua Tree National Park, highlights their love in some of most gorgeous wilderness locations that California has to offer! Read on for a bit more from Bethany about their sweet history a little further down in the post!
Photo above and photos below by Phil Chester!
Bethany says, In 2011, we started following each other through a mutual photographer friend over Instagram, and three months later we met in person on a dinner we went to with a bunch of our mutual friends. Throughout the next year, we kept in contact over Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We were always encouraged by each others photography work, and would bump into each other at social events. On September 12, 2012, about a year later, we went on our first adventure date day to La Push. From there on out we started dating. We started working together photographing campaigns, and we started doing life together. Two years later on September 12, 2014, we went back to the same location we went on our first date and he popped the question! We always document our adventures on our YouTube channels, and share them with our friends and social media followers. He was documenting the whole day and caught the proposal on camera at a beautiful sunset on the beach at La Push, Washington. It was a magical day. Also, we are getting married this year on September 12, 2015.
We’re all about her killer Free People outfit!
For the location of the engagement shoot, we wanted something outdoors that would represent us and show places we like to explore in the Northwest. Phil scouted this spot near Portland that looked rad so we adventured down from Seattle and road tripped it with him for our session.
Their 2nd session, by Ben Sasso, was such a fun change from the first, with blue skies + white sand being the key players – well aside from Bethany + Cory that is! We love the fresh feel of these frames and, of course, B + C were looking as sweet an stylish as ever!
Can’t get enough of these two? Who could blame you! See their adorable proposal Bethany told us about, which Cory caught on film, below!
We want to thank Bethany + Cory for allowing us a peek into their life + love and Phil Chester + Ben Sasso for sharing their beautiful photos! To see more of Bethany + Cory’s work, and to further follow along on their journey, visit their websites: withhearts.co + bethanymarie.co!