There are moments in each of our lives where everything changes. We don’t always recognize them when they happen, but they alter our paths just the same. For Liz, that moment happened in grad school when she was partnered with a woman named Marie. Marie knew a boy, and somewhere deep down, she knew that he and Liz would be great together. So she arranged a dinner. Nothing more, nothing less. A meal shared between two strangers destined to become so much more.
Fast forward to this past May in northern Minnesota, where Nick asked Liz to write herself into his destiny for the whole of forever. At a lighthouse overlooking Lake Superior, Liz happily obliged.
Fast forward to last weekend, as the wind whipped and chilled the November air and the trees shook angry fingers at the sky. The clouds roiled and raced across a hazy sky, and Liz + Nick played in the waning sunlight as I made photographs of who they are in this moment. Together.
On the precipice of their forever.
Here are a few of my favorites:
I’m not sure what I can say about Ethan and Liz that would adequately describe these two incredible people. Adjectives seem to trivial – too few – to do the joy and love and zest that is their love for one another justice. I am soooo lucky to have clients – friends – like Ethan and Liz. Not many people would drive over two hours to meet me at a state forest campground (Castle Mound) for their engagement session – let alone do so with ridiculous enthusiasm. I cannot wait for their candlelit December wedding (at a winery!) and I know that these two souls are in for a lifetime of immense happiness. I can feel it deep within my bones.
And here is a look at our evening together – moving pictures, style:
There is something magical about a hidden falls engagement session. This place has everything I love – woods and water and stone and earth – and it is filled to bursting with the most incredible light. Every time I walk through these old woods, I can’t help but revel in the history here and think of those who have wandered these paths over the course of years long since passed. How many people walked here, searching, hunting, dreaming. If I close my eyes and sit quietly, the emotion trapped within this place becomes palpable. It lingers sweetly on the back of my eyelids and hums in my ears. At times I swear I can still hear the quiet echo of children chasing wild through the thickness of summer heat, the damp air clinging to their clothes as they rush to the river for a swim.
I am completely in love with this exact place.
Last week, I spent a lovely evening here with an exceptional couple, and it was absolutely perfect. Meredith and Kevin ventured into the woods with me and braved the mosquitos and the mud for their session. They read letters to each other, opening up over their hopes and fears, and promised to love each other for life. They laughed. They hugged. They ran. And they shared an evening, in front of my lens, loving each other in that exactly perfect way that they do. Wholly. Without inhibition. With every ounce of joy they possess.
In a few short weeks these two are getting married in a beautiful park in Saint Paul and I cannot wait for their wedding.
But until then, here are a few frames from the time we spent together most recently: