This week Mark headed to Ashland, Oregon for an engagement shoot with Jordyn and Kyle. They shot around town and in Lithia Park, located at 59 Winburn Way, Ashland Oregon 97520. This park is great for hiking, biking, picnics and of course, Engagement sessions!
Jordyn and Kyle both enjoyed the engagement session with Mark. When asked, Jordyn said they usually both hate getting their picture taken and were nervous for the day. She said they were pleasantly surprised with how easy Mark made it and they were able to laugh and joke during the session. They had a running joke with Mark about how awkward people can be when they get their picture taken. “I don’t know where to put my hands, where do I put my hands?” was quoted from Ricky Bobby in Talledega Nights, frequently throughout the shoot. The weather forecast said, rain, but it ended up being sunny and beautiful as seen in the pictures below.
Jordyn is from Medford, Oregon and Kyle, Bullhead City, Arizona. The couple met May of 2011 in Arizona. Jordyn was looking for an adventure after her studies in Bible college. Although Bullhead City wasn’t what she had originally envisioned, her grandparents were offering a free room. A change in pace and space was all she really needed after all, so she took the opportunity and ran with it. Jordyn’s only work experience had been in a coffee shop, so when she moved to Bullhead she applied at the only coffee shop in town. As fate would have it, her future in-laws owned the shop. Kyle would come in to his parent’s coffee shop for lunch every day and that’s where they met. There were instant sparks between them and their romance blossomed. Jordyn certainly wasn’t looking for love, but with Kyle everything seemed to click and they knew it was going to be the real deal. They both had never felt the way they did for each other, with anyone else. This May will be their 2 year anniversary.
Kyle proposed a year and four months after he first met Jordyn. September 11, 2012, they were on a cruise ship in the middle of the Caribbean ocean when he popped the question. They were on the cruise with their friends and had decided to take some time, apart from the other couple, to go to dinner alone. Little did she know, Kyle had the evening all planned out! He wanted to propose right at sunset, so the previous few nights before, he watched and timed it, searching the boat for the perfect spot. Jordyn thought they were just casually checking out the boat. The third night on the cruise, before making it to their dinner reservation they went to the spot he had chosen. There at sunset, with no one else around, he got down on one knee and told her he could have asked her the first day he met her.
Southern Oregon engagement sessions can produce amazing urban chiche backdrops. Mark was able to capture this old-town feel, along with the couple’s personalities.
Mark got some shots as the couple enjoyed some ice-cream. Action shots during an engagement session can be just as important as portrait shots.
When asked what she loves about them as a couple, Jordyn said, “We are each other’s best friend. We both put so much time and energy into our relationship. We have the best time together and our love perseveres through even the hardest of times.”
Lithia Park is a 93-acre park with acreage on the National Register of Historic Places. Walking along the streets, surrounded by so much history, they were bound to get some really fun shots. After a quick wardrobe change, they headed down toward the center of the city, alongside Ashland Creek.
We love their matching black and white outfits, with their separate pops of color in their shoes. This couple could not have been cuter.
Jordyn and Kyle are getting married this August 17th, 2013 at The Voorhies Mansion, at Eden Valley Orchards in Medford, Oregon, located at 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford, Oregon 97501.
The Mark Longstreet team is very much looking forward to shooting this beautiful couple’s wedding. They are excited they get to shoot at such a historical location. The founder of Eden Valley Orchards, Joseph H. Stewart, was the patriarch of Southern Oregon’s fruit industry. The winery estate is known as some of the oldest agricultural property in the valley.
Written By: Shauna Chun-Hatch