Spring of 2017 I had recently quit my job as a medical assistant after a long stint of some serious burnout. I was looking for something comfortable and familiar to fill my days while I decided wether or not I was going to jump into photography full time. So I turned back to coffee. Are you even from Alaska if you didn’t work in coffee at some point? I began training at a local coffee hut, Java the Hut, they had hired on two girls at the same time so we’d be training together. That’s where I met Austyn. Having the same amount of seniority, which was none, we ended up working a lot of shifts together! It wasn’t until their engagement photos that I got to get to know Ryan. I can specifically remember asking “Are you sure he doesn’t want to meet with me before you book?” Austyn promptly answered “Nope, this is my department.”
After getting engaged Austyn and Ryan couldn’t wait one more second to be committed to each other so they eloped in the fall of 2019 and planned a beautiful reception with friends and family. Unfortunately, like many couples they were forced to postpone because of the year that shall not be named. Just two weeks ago Ryan and Austyn, family and friends in tow, packed up and headed South to Homer for their long awaited celebration.
Synergy ; the interaction or cooperation of two or more parties to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. When I think of Austyn and Ryan the word Synergy is what immediately comes to mind. They truly bring out the best in each other. Don’t just take my word for it, their friends and family agree. When I came time for toasts person after person took the mic, tears in their eyes, and thanked the couple for loving each other so completely, so truly, so beautifully, because now they didn’t have to worry because they know Austyn will take care of Ryan and Ryan will take care of Austyn.
Austyn and Ryan, thank you so much for bringing me along on this journey with you. It is an honor to be around a love like yours. You set the example for your friends and your family of what true love is. A healthy love of yourself and a beautifully love for each other. Keep loving each other the way you have been and there is no doubt that you will be looking back on this moment 50 years from now telling your children and grandchildren about how your family was started. Congratulations lovebirds!!