Utah Mountain Engagement Photography | Ashlyn + Derek

By Abbey Kyhl The Blueprint Founder, Time Wise Teacher, Faith Encourager

I’m just here to take care of the people God has assigned to me. Blessed with what I need. Working hard for what I want.

Ashlyn and Derek’s Utah Mountain Engagement Photography Session

These two have the most wonderful story about how they met and fell in love. Here is what Ashlyn shared with me…
Derek and I met a little over three years ago. We both worked as cashiers at a health food store. Long nights working side by side bagging customers groceries gave us a lot of time to get to know each other.

The conversation was always very easy with Derek.

I remember being immediately attracted to his genuine care for others and intrinsic confidence in himself. Two qualities that seemed to set him apart from any other person I had ever known. After nearly pulling his arm, he finally asked me on a date.
From our very first date, I could see myself spending the rest of forever with Derek. He just made everything about falling in love so easy. The summer we met, I was preparing to move away to school. While we tried to make long distance work, it was very difficult for us to maintain a healthy relationship with all the obstacles we had fighting against us. Ultimately, Derek and I made the difficult decision that being friends would be the best for both our personal growth and development.

While this decision was a challenging one for us to make, we still kept in contact and did our best to be “just friends”.
This portion of our love story not only made me fall hard for Derek but gave us the opportunity to develop a uniquely strong friendship with one another. Hard days at school or the fun experiences I would have I would always want to share with him. Some nights we would stay up until 3 in the morning talking about our goals and ambitions that seemed to align so perfectly with one another. Both Derek and I did the best we could to pursue relationships with other people but only felt disappointed by the lack of connection we had with them.
Together we came to the stark realization that the more we talked, the more we wanted to be together. The more we talked, the happier we were.

We were just simply better together.

Shortly after this realization, I moved home for the summer and Derek and I began dating soon after. We officially became each other’s “significant other” in September and got engaged in June of this year.
Falling in love with Derek was always very easy, and the sacrifices we had to make for one another is a part of our love story that is very beautiful and special to me. Derek is everything I need. He is strong where I am weak. Not a single day goes by where he doesn’t tell me how much he loves me and make me feel like a queen.
He is my world, and I could not be more excited to be his wife!
Isn’t that just the sweetest and most wonderful story of love.


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