Zach + Amanda
I had the ABSOLUTE pleasure of shooting my friends (taste maker, experience curator, life lover) Amanda and her love Zach (jack of all trades, host with the most moonlight artisan chef) in their loft–which they designed, (and is for rent for photoshoots) 😍... and all I can say is WOW!!!! They really are lovers of beauty, fun, adventure...and lovers of love! I feel so honored to have captured them in their element. Here's their love story:
When/how did you meet?
Z: 2 and half years ago. Or 10 lifetimes ago, maybe somewhere in between?
A: We met at the restaurant “Colette”. He just came back from Thailand and I had just started working in the Kitchen there. We had a brief introduction but my first actual encounter with him was when I was prepping sandwiches in the kitchen, I had about 12 sprawled out in front of me and I heard a sarcastic voice swoop by that said: “I love a girl that can make a sandwich…” It was at that moment, I thought he’s either super chauvinistic or absolutely hilarious and I HAVE to get to know him.
Three words that describe her/him?
Z: “Perfect to me”.
A: Funny, creative and loving.
Describe your first date?
Z: I was late, she took a big chance and I think that luck played a big part on her giving me a second date.
A: I was just finishing a morning shift at Colette and ran into Zach who had just by chance, got the night off. He invited me to go to the Dundas food/street party, to this day it still feels like we were transported to another city. We walked around, popping into different tapas bars, and cocktail joints. By our third spot we were sitting at the bar and as he mentioned he was going to the washroom.. he grabbed my face and we had the best first kiss! It still shocks me how he kissed and continued to the bathroom like nothing, I literally sat there in shock/bliss until he came back.
When was the moment you felt your heart fall for him?
Z: Within the first month, no doubt! We knew right away that we both had something the other one needed.
A: Is it too clichè to say when I first saw him? Haha no but honestly, I really fell for Zach the moment we were one-on-one and I felt totally at ease. He’s always made me feel so comfortable and happy in my own skin.
What’s a favourite travel memory you have together?
Z: Driving around Iceland in a little European sedan, watching snow blow off the mountains while we soak in hot springs deep in the mountains.
A: We rented a car and drove around Iceland, that whole trip, in general, was so special. But, I’ll never forget driving into the middle of nowhere, parking and then walked an hour to this abandoned airplane. It was just the two of us, a bottle of wine and the open air.
What is something Zach does that makes you laugh?
Z: Almost anything, funniest person I know. Sometimes she talk to cats.
A: He has this crazy good ability at doing accents, that always gets me! I swear he should be an actor.
How did you start dating?
Z: A comedy of errors that led her to think that I was a good enough guy to take a chance on, still figuring out how we got to where we are.
A: I would say we started dating because he asked me to come to Rushlane one night when he was guest bartending. Everyone was there to support him but he kept looking at me. That night, he came over and we talked and talked, near the end of the conversation he asked if he could kiss me… I was wearing deep burgundy lipstick *and you can’t mess that up* so I had to decline, thankfully it kept him on his toes and we’ve been kissing ever since.
What’s your ideal way of spending a Sunday together?
Z: Naked, doing nothing.
A: Sleeping until noon, Zach makes a gorgeous breakfast while I play with the cats and make caesars. We work on renovating the loft for a couple hours, before getting ready and meeting up with some friends for wine and cheese at Cote de boeuf.
How would you describe the dynamic of your relationship?
Z: Equal ownership of pants, I like that we can time-share them.
A: Super supportive and fun-loving.
What was your first impression of Zach?
Z: Could not even get over her physical beauty, and then I got to meet her and was blown even more away by who she was. Mentally cheated on her once with her own butt, true story.
A: Great hair.
What talent does she have that most people wouldn’t imagine when they meet her?
Z: Affability, I have never met someone who is more instantly likeable than Amanda. Best part is she is still that amazing even after years of knowing her. I wish I could be that genuinely friendly.
A: He is SUCH a handyman. Seriously, he’s done all the renovations in our loft *built a wall, all the shelves & retiled the bathroom … just to name a few.
What’s something that Zach does that you can’t get enough of?
Z: Greeting me at the door when I get home after work, it melts all the troubles away.
A: His cooking! I’m seriously the luckiest girl in the WORLD. He will cook these crazy epic meals at 2am and I get to capture every moment.