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Shane and Kalen
Yesterday was quite the day! Shane bought his ring like a week before I left for Australia and waited for 2.5 weeks to propose so I could photograph it! Shane is one of my best friends and have been helping him plan his engagement for quite some time, but while I was gone Ben and him came up with a new idea that was incredibly awesome!
However yesterday started not as I had planned… I woke up with some seriously bad back pain. I thought it was my bed so I laid down on the floor in my bedroom and the pain went from bad to worse. When I was 11 years old I felt something very familiar to this pain. I immediately knew that I had a kidney stone, because when I was 11 I passed one. Yes, you heard it right, I passed a kidney stone when I was ELEVEN years old. I was actually the youngest kid to pass a Kidney Stone in the state of Oregon. The pain got so bad that I started getting queasy and I ran into the bathroom to throw up. I had not eaten anything so all that happened was some dry heaving. Grant and Trent Creamer were drinking tea in the living room and had heard my moaning and almost vomiting. Their “are you all right?” turned into a “guys, we have to go to the emergency room…” I walked out the front door of our house to get in the car and the pain intensified. I collapsed on the ground in front of our front door. This was immediatly followed by a scream, “Tanner, are you all right?” Rachel Breiwick, a really good friend of mine works at the coffee shop across the street and had witnessed me walk out of my front door and collapse. I put my arm up and gave her a thumbs up. I wish it was a thumbs up…
Trent pulled the car around and I jumped in the front seat. My body was quivering, and I hoarsely told Trent the directions to the UW medical center which is only a 5 minute drive from my house. We walk into the emergency center and it literally took every ounce of strength in my body to stay upright. We had take an elevator to the 2nd floor and I desperately walked into the emergency room. You would think a person in my need and pain would be admitted immediately but it took 5 minutes of information giving and signing for me to be taken into the ER. (JACKED UP)
As I enter the emergency room, they immediately put an IV in me. The pain at this point had started to go away a bit so when she said she was going to give me pain killers I decided I would hold off until the pain worsened. The pain never got worse and about an hour later I was taken to get a CAT Scan. CT Scan’s are cool btw!
After being admitted back into my room, a 30 minute wait and the doctor comes in and says, “yup, you have a 2mm Kidney stone. The bad news is that you have only passed it through 2 of 3 passages. It still needs to pass into your bladder. The good news is that because its only 2mms when you pee it out you shouldn’t feel anything. Because your Urinary tract is larger than your Kidney tract you wont’ have any issues. We are going to release you and I will prescribe you some good pain killers, but expect to go through the same pain you went through today.
Here’s the deal, Shane, Ben and I had planned this super detailed engagement and now I had to leave the hospital and drive to magnolia to help out… I showed up at discovery park around 4 where Shane had planned on proposing around 7ish. The location of the proposal was down the beach right at the base of these cliffs. What made me nervous was my kidney stone which could have at any moment decided to pass, so I was praying that it would hold off for the next couple hours. But back to the proposal…
In order to be able to photograph the proposal without being seen we had to build a blind. Chris Mamales, Allen Lai, John Towne, Josh
, Ben and I built a huge shelter out of driftwood. On one end I dug a 2 foot deep hole in the ground for me to hid in. However because of how close it was I knew that if I started shooting right away that Kalen would hear me. I was close enough to hear what Shane was saying so I waited until he popped the question. That was then I poked my head out and shot through this little crack in the wood fort.
This moment was the top left photograph. I popped out of the hole and went to congratulate them. Allen, John, Josh, Ben, John then jumped out of the trees and surprised as well. The book in the bottom left was what Shane used to propose. As they walked down the beach, they walked around our barricade and walked up on a private little dining area. There was a table with wine glasses and a book. Then some fruit, a mexican blanket (for bugs) a bunch of candles and a hanging rope with little candle holders. Such a awesome place to end a wonderful day. We shot photos for a couple minutes and kicked down the barricade so they could see the sunset.
Shane had also set up a celebration at Kalen’s house with friends and family and we had a good time hanging out, talking, and listening to Becca’s stories…
Congratulations to one of the luckiest guys I know, as Ben said in his toast…. Shane snagged a girl WAY out of his league. Haha and Kalen! Make sure you never borrow Shane’s hats, because he may give you lice… Love you both!
Also the reason I wrote this super long story about Kidney Stones and incorporating it into the engagement is because I almost wasnt able to make it to even take these photos and it’s quite a crazy story to remember forever!
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