WOW is all I can say about this session! Sarah and Jake invited me to join them at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to capture their dream engagement photos and it really was a dream! This session features a stylized beach picnic with charcuterie and champagne and views of Lake Michigan at the Empire Bluffs trail overlooking a stunning Michigan sunset.
I cannot begin to explain the amount of stress that happened the day before this shoot was scheduled to happen. We had planned for a luxurious picnic with charcuterie and champagne styled by Jeannene Lillie Events so several people were coming to town for this shoot. Every day before the shoot and after the shoot was looking like rain. And lots of it. The days before (when Jacob and I were actually in town having a little mini-vacation) the weather was absolutely terrible. Fog for miles, we couldn’t see any of these views and we were dodging rain everywhere.
About 30 hours before the shoot, Jake sends out a text that was tough to send, asking if we should reschedule. For me, I would have to make the 6-hour trip back another day when we were SO CLOSE! I told the gang, I think we should stick it out. I have a good feeling it’s going to work out.
AND BY GOLLY IT DID. We had the most BEAUTIFUL weather for their session. I mean, the sun was shining on the beach (it was actually quite hot, I wish I could have got in the water lol) and the SUNSET ….. HOLY MOSES. The sunset at the Empire Bluffs Trail was a remarkable view. A memory shared with this sweet couple and one I’ll cherish for life!
All along the 3/4 mile hike to the sunset, Sarah, Jake and I talked about skiing, our cats, how out of shape I am, and “I can’t believe we almost rescheduled”. We were stunned by the way the weather had turned around for us.
This sweet couple deserved the absolute best for their engagement session! It was truly a joy to finally meet this couple who had felt like penpals for the last 7 months! Thank you, Sarah and Jake, for inviting me up on this adventure, it was definitely one for the books!! I cannot wait to see you guys again next August! I know you’ll plan the most elegant affair at Greencrest Manor and I can’t wait to celebrate alongside you!
Luxury picnic styled by Jeannene Lillie Events
Ohhhh sweet Henley and her big brother Hudson. I wish I would have had extra time to snuggle these babes but I will have to just come early on the wedding day so I can see them again!
MY HEAVENS, SARAH! You will be a STUNNING bride!
Then we hiked the Empire Bluffs trail to what felt like the end of the Earth, honestly. I was floored by this view.
It was so incredibly peaceful up there. I actually slowed down for once during a session and just told Sarah and Jake to “hold each other like I wasn’t even here” to let them just take in this moment of stillness.
As I edited these I literally couldn’t believe how perfect this light was. It was almost like there was a soft light behind me lighting them from the front because it was just … *chef’s kiss*
I kid you not, this was the color of the water and the sky lol I did not play with the colors at all!