By Megan & Guy
He tells the story in this font, and she adds to the story in this font.
Quite simply, it's a tale of modern romance - with technology taking cupid's role. She is from Portland. I am from Phoenix. While we were both visiting friends in Santa Monica for Memorial day weekend 2015, fate brought us within the necessary proximity to make a choice: swipe left or swipe right. At this point, you can guess which way we chose to swipe our fingers. The most incredible part about this swipe of luck is that I spent most of the weekend in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach. I was in Santa Monica for just a few hours.
Several days after the holiday weekend, I finally worked up the courage to message her. I said something like,"I see that we are over a thousand miles away, but I think you are beautiful and you seem fascinating... message me," to start the conversation. Hmmm... I remember him saying something like “absurdly beautiful,” but that’s besides the point. I appreciated his careful choice of words and I knew there was something special about him, I had to respond. You all know how this part goes: messages led to texts and next we were on the phone for hours on end. The incredible conversation over the phone impressed and surprised me because I would normally rather be confined to a dental chair than be talking on the phone.
Still, there was that pesky little issue that kept us from meeting: distance.
Well, I am bold. I think she thought I was joking as she read my text: "What are you doing Thursday? Want to go on a date?" Laughing to myself, and thinking, “he must be joking or insane” I decided to play along and responded, "Oh yes, that would be lovely. Haha!” - (with the most fake ever laughed.) I doubt she expected what would come next: I sent her a screenshot of my flight itinerary - that I had bought after our second phone conversation. At this point, I had a slight panic attack over the excitement of it all. I tried unsuccessfully to play it cool and told him how excited I was to see him. Oh yes, I am a bold one. And she loves it.
After three agonizing days of waiting we had our first date. Thank goodness there was chemistry in person to match the perfect conversation because our first date lasted thirty-seven hours. Was the chemistry immediate? Indeed, it was HIGHLY combustible; nearly explosive.
We were totally “that couple” walking down the streets of Portland. It's difficult to say exactly when, but sometime in that day and a half first date we fell deeply in love. As she drove me to the airport, I told her that I would move to Portland, that I had to be with her. I laughed, but deep down I hoped he was serious because I had never felt more at home than with him next to me.
Why did we start Amory Blaine & Co.?
Quite simply, it was our way to stay connected over something throughout the days we were initially apart. Guy loves to write and I love to take photos, it was a perfect combination. I have been blogging casually since 2008, but I never really had anything consistent. I remember the moment I first became interested in blogging as I sat in my tiny makeshift office for a bedroom on the Oregon State campus. I connected with other girls like me and found encouragement and support among the online blogger community. I watched some of the biggest bloggers blossom into what they are today. For me, it started as a personal project and has now turned into a fun addition to our marriage.
I have always had a love for all things creative and aesthetically pleasing, so fashion and styling is something that I was naturally drawn to. I think it is incredible how the careful mix of patterns and textures can change the way a person looks and ultimately feels. It was through blogging that I learned I loved being in front of and behind the camera. This led to the start of my photography business. We hope to use Amory Blaine & Co. to push us to being our best selves. If along the way we inspire a few people here and there, that'd be pretty wonderful too.
What or who inspires us?
We both have a love for Old Hollywood and styles of the past. If we could dress everyday like a mix of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, James Dean, and Cary Grant, we would. In modern times, I get a lot of my inspiration from fellow bloggers like Julia Engel from Gal Meets Glam, Leonie Hanne of Ohh Couture, and Julie Sariñana of Sincerely Jules. We also appreciate the style of Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl.
We both try to steer away from trends and stick to timeless styles. Almost everything is a trend at some point, so this is easier said than done. We don't usually stick to fashion rules and we are perpetually overdressed. My style staples are midi dresses and skirts, high-waisted jeans, stripes, and turtleneck sweaters. You can usually catch Guy wearing slim slacks or chinos, a dress shirt, and dress boots or oxfords.