When Portland, Oregon, couple Jen (she/they) and Amar’e (he/they) adventured through the Columbia River Gorge, Jen thought that they were taking loveshoot portraits. Amar’e had other plans: a proposal!

Jen wore a black dress with lace sleeves and high slits revealing her leg tattoos, while Amar’e wore his glasses, a dark taupe suit, black button-down and floral tie. Both sported black nail polish and their many tattoos. In front of a cascading waterfall, the duo read love letters to each other. A local elopement photographer, Black Salt Photography, captured their emotional exchange as Amar’e got down on one knee and popped the question.

Jen, of course, said yes, and the newly engaged pair continued with their photoshoot, this time with both of them aware that it was an engagement session. After changing into different outfits–a flowing off-the-shoulder off-white lace dress for Jen, and a leather harness and wide-brim hat for Amar’e, the couple went to a second location where they took more cottagecore-style photos against the backdrop of the Columbia River.

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Photographer: Black Salt Photography

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