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University of Redlands Engagement- Shaylla and Adam

How many years have to pass before she realizes you were the one? How far does someone have to be so that you long to be with him? How much distance needs to exist before you are close to one another? Shaylla and Adam have learned the answers to those questions along their journey.
They met in high school. Adam had a crush on her and asked Shaylla to the Homecoming Dance senior year but Shaylla was not interested. She was insecure, shy and intimidated by the prospect… but she remained his friend.
Graduation came and they went their separate ways. Then two and half years later, they reconnected on Myspace. Shaylla had moved to California. Adam was still in Washington. Soon they were calling and texting everyday. This went on for six months. Then June 2008, Adam was stationed in Fort Irwin, California for a few weeks of desert training in preparation of being sent out to Iraq. He was only 125 miles away! Shaylla made the two and half hour trip to see him and Adam snuck away from his unit to see her. Yes.. their first date… and kiss were forbidden.
On October 2008, Adam was deployed to Iraq. First stop Kuwait. It was over the phone that Adam asked Shaylla to be his girlfriend. Calling..Skyping.. Spending his weeks of leave together and finally he was home.. and his home had to be with Shaylla. Two years and three dogs later, Adam proposed. In a candle lit cabin in Big Bear spread with rose petals, Adam got down on one knee and Shaylla started crying. Years ago, she had said, “No,” to a Homecoming Dance, but on April 21, 2012, she said, “Yes,” to Forever.

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  • Christian LeeAmazing work. I love the mix of formal & casual…not to mention the bum grabbing. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • danI love the whole set. Fantastic lighting on 016!ReplyCancel

  • Beth NWhat a cute couple!!! Awesome work Jesse!!!! Love the pictures with the flowers surrounding the couple. Well done!!!ReplyCancel

  • YvonneAbsolutely beautiful pictures!
    Shaylla is gorgeous as always wow!
    Adam’s looking mighty fine as well.
    Loving the photography, great job!ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraWow Beautiful pictures… Love the way you told their story also.ReplyCancel

  • JasonWow, these guys are cute. Gorgeous, in fact! Really great relaxed, casual feel to these images. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • kennyreally like the sequence of images among the chrysanthemumsReplyCancel

  • sachin khonaDamn .. that’s one heck of rock!

    Beautiful set of images!ReplyCancel

  • MercedesSeriously cute couple. You really have a talent for getting people comfy in front of your camera!ReplyCancel

  • TomGreat pictures … and love the story! Looking forward to November!ReplyCancel

  • PaulLove the last monochrome image.ReplyCancel

  • Avelaine ScyrupCute story and cute couple! She’s got a really beautiful face. You captured them well!ReplyCancel

  • adam housemanShaylla and Adam, you two look amazing. I love all of them.ReplyCancel

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