There are certainly some people who cross our life paths and leave an everlasting mark. Jess C Bunny is possibly the most frequent passer by leaving good memories each time. First, we met when our business was in San Diego and her & her fiancé, Josh, were stationed in Coronado CA. Her mom stumbled upon our website while searching for an engagement photographer, if it weren’t for her love of animals and our love of pet photography, our lives would be very different today and missing many cherished friends we’ve met.
In Coronado, CA in 2010, we took engagement photos of Jess C & Josh on the beautiful beach near Hotel Del Coronado and some with USS Nimitz in the background. As well as with Josh’s one time motorcycle love and a dipped kiss so adorable it could compete with the NYC WWII Kiss with the sailor & nurse. (If we ever go to NY you can expect a remake of that).
In 2011 we were asked to photograph their beautiful hometown wedding in Waunakee, WI. In July, I packed all my gear and headed to the most humid experience of my life for Jess C’s bridal shower at The Cabin. This was my first taste of WI hospitality, everyone there was inclusive and made me feel like I was a part of their family. Although I was working, I had the opportunity to share the experience with the group of women as we all melted in 100+ degrees of midwest summer fun.
That same trip, I had the privilege of seeing fire flies for the first time in my life, many people know this started a fascination and I hope to see them again some day. Little stars on the ground flickering all around. I also got to photograph Jess C’s family and extended family at their dairy farm, an experience like no other.
We had 1 day to hang out and play in WI so her parents drove us to go antiquing at their old elementary school, which has since been turned into an antique mall. We experienced the Mississippi River from a northern perspective and spent part of the day wandering around Madison, WI.
When September rolled around both Holland and I drove from San Diego to WI to photograph Jess C & Josh’s wedding. After a night of karaoke, us girls headed back to sleep for the big day wedding ahead of us. We ate Grandma Jean’s delicious waffle breakfast and got ready for the home town wedding… well small town maybe, but small wedding, not at all. We enjoyed a full day celebrating the two at the places they could look back at and call their home.
Soon after their wedding, Josh’s ship was stationed in WA State. It was sad to see them move away after making such a good friendship. To an extent I felt like a big sister to Jess C since we are about a decade apart and had so much in common. Fortunately, WA is my hometown and I had parents, family and friends to come back and visit once a year or so.
For the first year or so I came back to visit and had some adventures with Jess C. while Josh was away at work. Since she was in a new area it was fun to be her tourist guide while I was touring my old stomping grounds. Jessie was a student at UW, on a South campus, so I got to be the first to take her to the main UW campus in all its mighty glory. We visited the troll under the bridge and ran into a few hundred Santa’s at the Santa Con. Hard to forget that kind of random fun. We took photos at my favorite view of Mt Rainier in my hometown in Auburn, WA before calling it a day in the brisk winter weather.
Little did I know that one day we would also be moving back to WA! Just as they were settling in North of Seattle, Holland and I moved our entire business to just South of Seattle making us just a few cities away instead of states. My very first adventure as I claimed my Washingtonian status was with Jess C as we traveled to the infamous Forks, WA and La Push area to relive our Twilight memories (Click Here To Read That Blog). We also went to the Tulip Festival together for the very first time for both of us. (that blog is still coming). They adopted their first puppy Toby and we had the honor of photographing many of his holiday doggy photos throughout the year while Josh was deployed.
In the summer while Josh was still away we had fun at this Cars & Cuties PinUp photoshoot, photographing the ladies out at the Hood Canal for their deployed husbands. Then the day came when Josh and the USS Nimitz finally returned, only to find out that Jessie and Josh were now being stationed in New York with only a few weeks notice before the big move. So we had our spa day and said our farewells once again as they started their journey on the East Coast.
Fortunately we’ve been encouraged to plan a trip to WI again this fall, at the same time Jessie and Josh will be visiting. Can’t wait to see all our friends for the adventure that is always To Be Continued. Until then, enjoy some of Jess C Bunnies Cars & Cuties images in this video:
Miss you guys! Congrats on your newest doggy family member. Can’t what to meet her!
Some like being stationed in San Diego, CA
Some like being stationed in Seattle, WA
Some Like It Shot