Let’s see if I can write this blog post without becoming a blubbery mess of tears. Which I guess you guys will never know if I’m crying or not, since you can’t see me. (Phew, sigh of relief. I’m an ugly crier.) I can not begin to tell you how much I love this couple. Liv and Brad have such a special spot in my heart. I met Liv years ago when she played volleyball for me. It seems like almost a lifetime ago when I coached her in middle school. Liv has a wonderful, spunky and “full of life” personality that draws people to her. She made me laugh as a middle schooler and makes me laugh even harder now as an adult. I love this photo of us from her graduation – I was holding back tears this day. So many of the kids graduating that year (Liv included) had spent many hours at our house and pretty much felt like a part of our family and I didn’t want to let them go. Luckily, Liv still comes over to hang with me and we drink our coffee with our yummy creamer as we sit on my couch and talk about life. It’s one of my favorite things. Isn’t she the cutest?
And I’ll never forget the day I met Brad. I was photographing his brother’s wedding. We were chatting on the dance floor and I found out that he was planning to come to GCA to play soccer! I was sooooo excited! And now Brad comes over to hang out with us, too! I have loved our late night chats with him. He isn’t afraid to share his heart and be open and vulnerable about what he is learning in life and in his relationship with Christ. It is inspiring and so exciting. Needless to say, I was over the moon excited when they asked me to photograph their wedding. Oh my word, I can only imagine how many happy tears I’ll be crying on that day. But for now we will focus on their engagement. They wanted some nature shots so we headed up to Eagle Creek park for their session. They even did a hike with me to one of my favorite spots and never once complained. A thunderstorm came in and pretty much took away any chance of sunset photos but we embraced it and went with a more “moody” ending to our session. Here are some of my favorite images from the session. Aren’t they the adorable???? Cue all the heart eye emojis!