Heritage Park Engagement | Haleigh + Dakota

October 21, 2020

It was freezing on Sunday, but that didn’t stop Haleigh and Dakota for having an amazing Heritage Park engagement session in Olathe!

I first met Haleigh over a year ago when she asked me if she could re-share a few images from a wedding I shot for a company she was working for, so I was thrilled when she reached out to me a few months later to shoot her wedding! It’s funny sometimes how these connections are formed! At the time, I had no idea she was about to start planning her own wedding!

Heritage Park engagement pictures in Olathe

When we began planning their engagement session, Haleigh mentioned she wanted a place on the Kansas side with plenty of Fall colors. I hadn’t shot at Heritage Park for years, but ironically I was location scouting a few weeks ago and decided to check it out. The Fall colors were definitely on point, but we didn’t anticipate the cold or the wind.

I showed up, sporting 10 layers, while Haleigh and Dakota made minor adjustments to their wardrobe. You definitely couldn’t tell how cold they were by these images! By the end, they were shivering, but it was totally worth it because we were able to capture the gorgeous Fall colors! C’mon October, stop pretending it’s winter already! Here’s to hoping Fall sticks around for a few more weeks!

Heritage Park engagement pictures in Olathe

Enough about the weather, Haleigh and Dakota were the cutest. They brought their 6 year old puppy, Darcy, who had no problems posing for the camera. Darcy did have a bit of separation anxiety when not directly involved in the pictures. Thankfully Dakota’s awesome family joined us and took the pup for a nice long walk! Darcy wasn’t the only natural for the camera. Haleigh and Dakota had no problems loving each other and interacting naturally.

Heritage Park engagement pictures in Olathe

Thanks so much for spending your Sunday with me you two! Here’s your full preview! Your gallery will be delivered shortly! I seriously cannot wait for your wedding next October! It is going to be stunning and I loved hearing how your plans are coming to life!

Enjoy this preview!

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Hear from the couple –

How did you meet?

We met on the first day of college at KU in 2012 outside the dorm we both lived at. He was in the friendzone for a little bit, so we didn’t officially start dating until 2013.

How did he propose?

He proposed on what would have been his college graduation day. The ceremony had been postponed due to covid, but he’d already been planning to do it then for a while. So we both did the traditional walk down the hill together, and when we got to the bottom he got down on one knee and popped the question.

Question for the bride: what do you love most about him?

I love that he can always make me laugh or smile, no matter how terrible of a day I’m having.

Question for the groom: what do you love most about her?

I love knowing she’s always by my side and there for me.

What’s your favorite part about wedding planning?

Getting to see all of the details come to life. It’s so amazing to start with an idea or vision you have and then find somebody who tells you how they can make it happen.

What are you looking forward to most about your big day?

Finally being married to my best friend. I feel like we’ve both grown so much together since the first day of college when we met, and it’s so exciting to think about what the next chapter has in store.

Heritage Park engagement pictures in Olathe

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Loving these gorgeous fall tones and this couple’s style!