Hayley and Timothy

Seattle, Washington



Photography | Alison Mae Photography | @alisonmaephotography

Location | Discovery Park

From the Photographer

Hayley and Tim are one of those couples that seem like they have been together their whole lives. They are easy going and kind, but also fiercely supportive of one another. They cheer one another on in everything they do and have a way with making the most out of every situation. When it came time to plan their engagement session, selecting Discovery Park in Seattle was an easy choice. The calm water and serene setting match Hayley and Tim’s love story perfectly. Relaxed, calm and so very inspiring.


Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

After one very long, late night at work, I (Hayley) got into an Uber to head home to bed, but forgot to change the destination address, so was instead taken to the local bar up the street from my apartment, the last place I had previously Uber’d. I felt bad about asking the driver to take me the extra three blocks to my house (I could see my apartment from where we were parked), so instead I got out and decided to pop into the bar to say hello to some friends before going home.


It was then, that my friend rushed excitedly out of the bar to say hello (in a bit of an intoxicated state) and proceeded to fall backwards, directly into the arms of Tim. “Is this yours?” Tim asked me. “No, but can your hold him for a sec while I get him a ride home?” I responded. Knowing that it would be difficult for me to try and maneuver the friend home on my own, Tim offered to help him get home while I waited at the bar. He returned a short while later, after making sure his new intoxicated friend was safe, and I offered to buy him a drink as a thank you.


We spent the whole night talking, but Tim did not ask for my number at the end of the evening! It was not until the next day at work that I received a message on Instagram, as Tim had remembered my handle while they were talking, and we met up at the same bar the next evening, leaving the rest to history.

What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

Our relationship is so wonderful because we constantly support one another in our personal endeavors. We are each other’s biggest cheerleaders when it comes to any decisions, and we truly do inspire each other to be better people. I have a career that often has me traveling, and no matter how long I am away from home, I know I am coming back to a strong foundation of trust and love. We push each other past our own personal boundaries to strive for more success in life, and love seeing the world together and traveling whenever possible! The best thing Tim does for me, though, is always be willing to try my crazy, healthy kitchen concoctions – without making too much of a face! He is always as supportive as can be of a new venture.


How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?

I knew Tim was the one after about two months of dating, and he tells me it was the same for him. I had never felt so comfortable in a relationship before, it was like I had already known Tim my whole like (which of course is what everyone says, isn’t it?) and we were just best friends finding each other again. There was a sense that we both were where we belonged from the very beginning, but it was not until I was unexpectedly invited to the birth of his nephew and got to see Tim with his whole family (again, at only two months!) that it really set in for me. Tim says seeing me with his family made it click for him too, and we began talking about marriage pretty soon afterwards.


Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

I had known which day Tim was proposing for some time due to some loose-lipped friends and maybe not the most secretive planning on Tim’s part. However, being one that hates surprises this was the best case scenario to avoid me becoming a giant ball of stress surrounding it. Nonetheless, Tim’s plan did not pan out, as I happen to get up early on the morning of the big day (excitement = no sleep!) and walked out into our living room just as Tim was standing in the kitchen attempting to remove the “Made in China” sticker from the bottom of the ring box. Us both being still in our sleep-wear, Tim had little place to hide the ring but to shove it down the back of his pants and realize he had no out at that point, and walked into the living room thinking, “well I guess think is how its going to go.” He got down on one knee behind me while I was distracted, and proposed first thing in the morning. Of course I said yes and was so relieved knowing I could then relax the rest of the day! He proceeded to take me for a couple massage and dinner, and ended the night celebrating at the same bar we met at with all of our closest friends.


We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

Approximately mid-October of 2018 (after only 6 months of dating!) Tim called my Dad one night after a courage-producing beer and asked his permission to propose to me, to which he replied, “Well Yeah! That’s a great surprise!” Tim had spoked to a good friends of his about options for jewelers that custom make rings, and about a week later they met up to go to a small jeweler in Pike Place Market to begin the ring-planning process. After choosing a diamond out of 6 presented to him and designing a ring with the help of the jeweler, Tim paid little by little out of each paycheck until he finally had enough to go in for the casting of the final product. He and three close friends spent the day at the jewelers who gave them champagne and let Tim help in creating the ring by holding the torch to heat the (rose) gold and retrieving the ring from the plaster casting mold. After this process, Tim returned to the jeweler one last time to pay his last payment and pick up the final, polished product to take home with him.


Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

We have a few ideas in mind, however we have done very little planning as of yet! With everything currently going on it has been hard to get in contact with people and get out to make appointments/reservations. But, we are just taking it day by day and have decided that however long it takes, we will be together forever anyway, so what’s the rush for now? 🙂