May 7, 2012

Engaged!



To properly explain our engagement story, we have to go back to 2005. In September of that year, a Portland artist by the name of Scott Wayne Indiana began an art project. In an attempt to get people to start paying more attention to their surroundings, Indiana began tying tiny toy horses to the iron horse rings found embedded in Portland's sidewalks. Long before cars, these rings were used to harness horses curbside. Indiana called it "The Horse Project."



In March of 2008, Dave posted a polaroid of one of these horses on Flickr. That same day, while perusing the website, I stumbled upon it. I recognized the horse immediately, as I had taken a polaroid of the exact same horse ten months prior. Coincidentally, I posted that polaroid five years ago today. Amazing, huh? I left a comment on Dave's photo with an image of my shot that read "I know by the angle that you took yours at that this is the same horse - right off Everett, around the corner from Utrecht Art Supplies, right? Do you live in Portland too?" An internet friendship was born. A year and a half later, Dave and I finally met in the flesh at a Flickr meet-up. We began dating six months later.

The horse we both photographed has been gone for years now. But every time we would pass the corner of NW 11th & Everett, I would give Dave a nudge and point to "our" iron ring at the street car stop where it once stood. Yesterday, while passing the corner, Dave dropped to one knee, pulled out a toy horse and a ring and asked me to be his wife. I burst into tears and said yes. There is now a new horse residing on the corner of NW 11th & Everett. We named it Flickr.


All engagement photos taken with px 70 Color Shade film by The Impossible Project.

43 comments:

  1. sweetest engagement story ever! congrats you two!!

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  2. So great guys! Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Jim & Ravyn. Let's do another double date soon.

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  3. the tiny horses of flickr!
    that is a brilliant story - huge congratulations to you both.

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  4. You two are killing me. That is truly wonderful and amazing. Even though I have never had the opportunity to meet either of you face to face (which, seriously, we should try and change one of these days seeing as though we are all in Portland), I am truly and enthusiastically happy for the both of you. Obviously you share a special kind of love and as cheesy as it might sound, it was your destiny to be brought together. You two are going to have such a gorgeous, polaroid filled wedding, I just know it!

    I'm marrying the man of my dreams in 19 days, so hearing (and seeing) love stories just brings out a flood of emotions in me! Haha!

    Congrats you two on a very special engagement!

    P.S: My fiance and I were actually surprised you weren't already married, haha!

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    1. Thanks Jade! We really do need to get together soon. Looking forward to seeing photos of your big day!

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  5. You two are so damn cute. Wishing you many, many more years of happiness! xoxo

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  6. OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU TWO! seriously, so sweet. i'm so excited for you both. you have so many fun times ahead. xoxo

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  7. If ever two people were meant to be together... Congrats.

    They should make a movie "A Boy, A Girl & A Horse" :)

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    1. Thanks Toby! If they make that movie, we will be sure to make sure you get a cameo ;)

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  8. such an awesome story. congrats you guys.

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  9. Great story and beautiful photos! Congratulations and much love to you both.

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    1. Juli! Thank you. We are beyond excited.

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  10. Excellent story. Congratulations!

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  11. I love your story (and thank you for sharing it!) You two are darling, and congrats. So exciting!

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  12. congratulations!!!! i saw the first images on instagram yesterday.
    i am really happy for you guys and what a great story to tell your grandchild:)

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  13. SUPER STOKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you both.

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  14. Well done Dave!! So very happy for you two!!! Also, that made me tear up a bit. Can't wait to see how this adventure unfolds ...

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  15. What a lovely blog post to find in the morning. :)

    Congratulations, you guys!!!!

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  16. Congrats! And kudos to Dave for such a great idea.

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  17. adorable. congratulations you guys.

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  18. you guys!!!!! that was so sweet. congrats again!

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  19. I am sitting on a train from London to Birmingham having spent the day photographing someone else's engagement. Due to the wonders of technology I actually have internet access on the train and reading this blog post made me tear up. With joy.

    It was the part about Dave pulling out a toy horse on that same corner that did it. Sigh!

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  20. i am dying from the cute. so great! mazel tov!

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  21. I saw the ring posted on Instagram and Twitter yesterday, but after reading the engagement story, I literally just hugged my laptop screen. EEEEEEE! :D \o/

    Congrats yet again! :D

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  22. that is the sweetest story.
    you guys just made me teary.
    you should totally tell the flickr peeps about this.
    congrats you two! xo

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  23. Brought tears to my eyes! I love your sweet romantic story! I live for this stuff. Super-happy for you both! xoxo Destiny...I have faith in it! yay!

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  24. Welcome to our family Whitney! Susan

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  25. Congratulations again, Tuttle and Whitney! <3 you guys.

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  26. Naming the horse Flickr just about killed me! You guys make a sweet couple. Congrats!!

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  27. I love this! So happy for the two of you - I am sure you will have no shortage of great photographers for your wedding!! Congrats!

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  28. Congratulations you two! I'm getting all teary eyed from this it's so beautiful. Also, I knew there would be instant shots of it. :D

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  29. Best story of the year. Cheers!

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  30. oh gosh, congratualtions, what a wonderful story :)

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  31. So touching. Congratulations to you both.

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  32. what a sweet story! so lovely.

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