It's not too often I get to shoot on private property, but when Afton suggested we have an engagement session on her family farm, I couldn't have been more excited and nervous at the same time.
Whenever I shoot at a familiar location, I know exactly how the light will work in every location and what backdrops make for the best sessions, so when I arrived I felt like I was walking in blind.
The first thing I noticed was the amount of beauty that surrounded the farm, owned by her grandpa. I was greeted by pink trees, a beautiful lake, and goats! I was able to feed a goat for the first time ever, so the bucket list item was checked. Okay, I may have not actually had this on my bucket list to begin with, but it's an experience I was happy to have.
For a mid-April session, we were hoping for sunny skies and nice weather. Instead, we were greeted by cold and wind. However, this didn't dampen their spirits. As we explored the property they owned and the neighbor's property across the street, they were happy to stop at several scenic spots along the way.
When I asked why they chose this location, Afton said it's their happy place where they've spent so much of their relationship. Whether helping on the farm or hanging with her grandpa, they loved every minute they were able to spend on this beautiful land. They even mentioned how they plan on building their own home on the land one of these days.
Afton and Derek have such a fun relationship. They were perfectly comfortable laughing with each other, laying on the grass, and just having a fantastic time. They didn't hesitate when I suggested a photo op with the goats and didn't judge me when I took an extended minute to love on her grandpa's dog.
At the end of the night, we were able to experience the most beautiful sunset. Derek suggested we head to the lake across the street and it was the perfect location to see a breathtaking view of the sky as it reflected on the water.
Thank you so much for allowing me to see this space of yours! Here's your full preview!
- Hear from the couple -
How did he propose?
He proposed traditionally at Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
Question for the bride: what do you love most about him?
Lots of things!
I love his Energy. He works hard and gives a lot to those he loves.
Question for the groom: what do you love most about her?
She is the most caring person I have ever met.
What's your favorite part about wedding planning?
All of it.
Overwhelming but fun!
What are you looking forward to most about your big day?
Walking down the aisle to marry Derek
Derek said sharing a special day with friends and family
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