Oh the sights you'll see! - Umpqua National Forest Engagement - Casey + Danica

It was a cool and brisk November fall day in the Umpqua Valley. Bulging grey rain clouds meandered above the emerald crowns of the Ponderosa Pines, while the Big Leaf Maples shed the last of their golden and auburn leaves. The Umpqua River, cutting a deep blue rivet through the valley, gurgled away as it typically does, small silver crests rippling across the surface of the rather busy river.  The forest was gentle, quiet, the smell of cozy wood burning stoves being left behind for the crisp clean perfume of fall time in the wood.

So what I’m going to do is have you guys tell your stories. From the beginning. I want to know who Casey and Danica are. How did you meet?

I pressed the red button to record on my phone and settled near the warmth of the fire. Casey and Danica, snuggled on their blanket, shared warm cups of hot chocolate as their joyful origin story of the future Mr. and Mrs. Barrett began to unfold.



I grew up in Issaquah Washington which is 30 minutes from Seattle Washington. I am one of four children, I have two brothers and an older sister. I have the most amazing parents and the most amazing siblings in the whole world. I wouldn’t say that we lived on a farm, but we did have 12 llamas, we did 4H, and since we did not live near any friends (although my mom would always drive me to my friends houses if I asked) my siblings and I became my best friends. We always played with each other. We never had anything to worry about in Issaquah, it was a quiet and safe little town. When I graduated high school I thought I wanted to be in the fashion industry, so I moved to Los Angeles. At 17 yrs old i moved to LA and attended the Fashion Institute. It was extremely eye opening. I realized I preferred a smaller town, and although i made some great friends I did end up moving back to Washington. At that point I was not sure what I wanted to major in but I got accepted to the University of Oregon. I became roommates with three random girls off Craigslist, (THAT is always a fun adventure!) and shortly after I moved to Eugene I got a job. I ended up getting a job at Millais at 5th Street Public Market and that is actually where I met Casey.”


I grew up in a small neighborhood and had a couple of friends on the street. I have 11 brothers and sisters so most of my friends were inside my house. I was one of the older so it was a little crazy growing up. I am used to a lot of noise and activity. In high school I made sure I worked, my Mom and Grandparents instilled a good work ethic in us, so we would spend the summers working on the ranch. I did not know what I wanted to study in college so I just started working in the family business with my Grandfather with the idea that I could learn a lot from him, and if I ever wanted to go back to school that was something that I could do. I have worked with him for the past 12 years and he is a very significant person in my life.

And Then There Were Two...

So Casey and I were working on the same re-modeling project at my work. I honestly did not have my eyes on him at first, but everyone kept saying, “Casey on 5th Street, Casey on 5th Street,” I was having a Halloween and his roommate at the time had a crush on my coworker. So i invited them to the party and that is where our connection first happened. I let him borrow (he kind of stole) my aviators and ended up taking them home and someone I got his phone number that night. A week or two later I text him asking if I was ever going to get my sunglasses back and the rest is kind of history!

The Proposal

We were dating for 7 years before we got engaged. I proposed on Secret Beach in Kauai. It was a stormy day and there were really big waves. I pretended that I had found a ring in the sand. I was down on one knee as Danica was looking at me like, “you just found this ring?” And I just kept saying, well we found this ring so we might as well get married.