The Saturday Maddie, Brian, and I planned to meet happened to be San Francisco's one rainy day in January. I remember getting into the car and ignoring the gray skies and drops of water on my windshield until I crossed the Golden Gate. Then it really poured. Surely it'd be nicer in Marin.
The weather seemed to be getting grayer and grayer until I pulled into Natalie Coffin Greene Park and all of a sudden the skies cleared up and I found myself in a little safe haven of greenery and foliage.
Maddie and Brian came shortly after and, while I don't think we left a 50-yard circumference, we found several adorable nooks and crannies for our shoot. I've only known Maddie for about a year or so but she's the kind of girl who is instantly warm and infectious that way.* It felt surreal meeting Brian after hearing so much of their biking and triathlon adventures (he had just biked from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay that morning.) It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon learning their story, their adventures, and their plans for their upcoming celebration. We ended with the two biking around on their borrowed tandem named "Stella" and marveling at how lucky we were.
I'm so excited for these two and their adventures to come.
*As someone who frequently identifies with Daria, it's important to meet people like Maddie to reinspire optimism.