I met and spent time with Rachael before I met Preston, but the first time I saw them together, I knew without a doubt they were meant to complete each other.
These two love each other so sweetly and tenderly. There's nothing loud or showy about their love; instead it's quiet, steady, enduring. There were a handful of moments during this session where I genuinely teared up (and believe me, as much as I love my couples, that does not usually happen). Rachael + Preston simply belong together, a perfect match, and it's so obvious.
We met up at the Wichita Mountains in southwest Oklahoma and had the best of times traipsing around with some other photographer friends. We did some serious hiking and boulder-climbing, dodged cactus, got unexpectedly rained on (Oklahoma weather is weird), and found some of the most beautiful spots I've come across in this lovely little state of mine. And along the way, we all got to laugh and make memories and celebrate Rachael + Preston's engagement like crazy. All around, a 10/10 day.
To be honest, my mind can get cynical about love sometimes, which is strange since love is such a huge and wonderful part of my job. But seeing couples who love each other so purely and genuinely like Rachael + Preston just washes all that away and reminds me what a sap I really am at heart. Guys, love is just so dang beautiful, and I'm so happy I got to spend this day with these two and tell their story. I can't wait for their wedding day.