Five years as friends. Three months together. Forever as husband and wife.
Before their session, I met up with Sam over lunch so she could tell me their whole story. I remember her eyes sparkling with the sheer joy of it all and how she just couldn't seem to stop smiling. Mike wasn't even with her that day, yet her love for him was so obvious.
Their engagement session was brimming full of laughter and fun, whether it was Mike ordering three coffees, the random guy with a parrot who showed up at the lake, Sam teasing Mike about his ardent love for beard oil, or recreating the latest memes. (Also, at one point I told them to whisper what they loved most about each other, but I'm 99.9% sure they just started quoting Elf. They win at life.) And man alive, I don't know that I've ever seen two people so sweetly and genuinely in love, like they are simply so grateful to have one another. I felt so honored to be able to witness it so closely.
Sam + Mike, thank you so much for giving me the privilege of documenting your story. You make love look so effortless.