Destination Elopement & Wedding Photographer, TMinspired Photography
Weddings & Elopements Documented
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This is me.
My name is Taylor (she/her/hers). I am the owner and mastermind (lol) of TMinspired Photography. I’m a destination elopement and wedding photographer.
My husband Nathan (he/him/his) is a videographer via Ochoa Wedding Films. We are both full time as entrepreneurs. Documenting love stories is our favorite way to spend weekends together.
We live in Puyallup, WA (basically Seattle) but met and grew up in Southern California. Both of our families are still in SoCal, so we travel back and forth quite a lot. (Seriously, like basically once a month) and wherever weddings take us.
You could say we are each other's biggest supporters, cheerleaders, and sounding board for new ideas. We talk shop a LOT but we enjoy it, so don't worry. We make a great team.
OKAY NOW LET'S GET MUSHY
as I talk about my own marriage for a sec.
My husband, Nathan and I have been together for over 10 years. As high school sweethearts, we essentially grew up together. Life can throw you a lot of curveballs, but we’ve stayed pretty strong through it all. In our free time, we seek out delicious tacos (why is this so hard to do in the PNW?), check out local coffee shops, or going on sunset walks.
We got married in October of 2017, moved from Southern California to Seattle in 2019. We then purchased our first home in Puyallup, WA in the spring of 2021. I grew up near Portland, so being back in the PNW makes me feel like I’m right back home. Nathan and I are embracing the PNW adventure as it comes, and we are absolutely loving it so far.
In May of 2021, we had to say goodbye to the sweetest 17-year-old Yorkie, Lily. As dedicated pawrents, we knew eventually we would welcome another pup into our hearts, but I knew I needed some extra time to heal. We have a dedicated rainbow garden to her at our home. The color yellow will forever be my reminder of our little sunshine.
Now, we have our little ball of endless puppy energy, Daisy. Her goofy quirks never fail to make us laugh. I feel like the extra cuddles and kisses were what our home needed.
You can see more little glimpses of our story at: #OchoaYearsAndCounting
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Celebrating love is what I do best, and your experience is my primary goal.
OUR ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING STORY:
Okay this story, like many of the stories we have, is a DOOZY.
In the summer of 2015, he planned a really beautiful proposal a the top of Angel’s Rest in the Columbia Gorge at sunset. Man, does this guy know my heart. We had a 1.5 year engagement, and did our wedding planning from out of state. (Orange County, California for our wedding in the Portland, Oregon area)
Two weeks out from our wedding, we found out that we were displaced from our dream venue due to the Eagle Creek fire in the gorge. Obviously, we were absolutely devastated. We scrambled to re-plan our entire wedding in just 5 days. Yup, you read that right. I was STRESSED. I had to book a last minute flight (solo) to secure a new venue. Then I had to re-imagine how to make this perfect day perfect again.
So many things through the process went “wrong,” but we knew from the start, the wedding DAY isn’t what will make our marriage great. Even though I wanted this to be my "best day ever," I know that putting that much pressure on just one day is too much. Our wedding day was about celebrating how far we've come, and what was to come. We knew that the little details didn’t really matter. This huge punch in the fact just helped me to really let that sink in, I guess. ;)
In the end, we had the most magical wedding. As all of our guests would describe it, it was uniquely “us.” We were focused on celebrating our journey together – and ultimately, our love story. Not just a party for our friends and family, you know? We honed in our priorities and allowed ourselves to just take a deep breath and enjoy the day as it unfolded in front of us. Zero F's given to what could've/should've/would've happened.
That evening, we left to spend the next 4 days in my favorite place in the world, Cannon Beach, for our mini-moon. Just us and our pup. It truly felt like a dream come true.
I will never stop preaching to couples that yes, this wedding day can be your best day ever. But also, it's just the first of many.
Nathan is the absolute love of my life. He constantly supports and encourages my dreams and gently nudges me to step outside of my comfort zone. He stands strong for me when I’m shaking with fear, and is also vulnerable and kind. I’m so grateful for the constant growth of our relationship. Marrying him was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
We've met so many incredible couples along our journey of being a photography and videography team. We love quietly stepping into the most precious memories of strangers that end up becoming friends. Like, how cool is that? What a kinda weird and yet wildly rewarding job we have. The fact that we get to work and travel together, side by side, absolutely blows my mind.