The Hawes – An Elgin, Oregon Wedding

The Hawes – Ethan and Lindsey – two of the most down to earth, madly in love couples I have ever had the pleasure of working for. You know the kind I am speaking of. So genuine and heartfelt.

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I love them.

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They knew each other in high school but didn’t share their first date until high school ended and college began. A journey that would lead them to a million places, mostly apart, sharing in letters, long distance phone calls and travel for 4 and a half years of their five-year romance.

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Distance. It makes you or breaks you.

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For Lindsey and Ethan, it not only affirmed their love for one another but demonstrated their willingness to go through anything to stay together. While Lindsey was busy in Pullman (Go Cougs!) earning her undergraduate, Ethan enlisted in the Marines. And then she graduated. This is where you would think they would finally be together, but no. Lindsey’s educational goals had a different course in mind and it eventually moved her even farther away from Ethan. As he was helping Lindsey move to Texas for her Masters program they made a stop at the Grand Canyon in an area with no guard rails. It was dusk. And he dropped to one knee. That summer, they legally committed their lives to one another in a Houston, Texas courthouse. But their distance continued until she was able to get two residency rotations near Camp Pendleton. Finally, for six short but blessed months, they were able to be together. Living in separate states isn’t ever ideal but its important to note that this part of their experience wasn’t just a struggle, it was an opportunity. A chance to learn how to love when it wasn’t always easy. And after they came through it, it was evident that it knitted their lives and hearts to each other in one unbreakable bond.

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On June 24, 2016 Lindsey and Ethan’s long-awaited wedding day came. They celebrated with friends and family from near and far.

It left me breathless. It left me with all sorts of feels.

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Congratulations Lindsey and Ethan! Wishing you a lifetime of love, and no more long distance… But if you must, I know you’ll survive it.

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*Lindsey will be receiving her Masters of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Ethan has completed his time with the Marine Corps. and is now planning on attending school to become a helicopter pilot. They plan to settle down together in the Willamette Valley with their two very special dogs.*

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