But I really wanted to “focus in” (get it? Hahaha) on some of my most romantic photoshoots from 2017. Because why not start off the new year with a little bit of love?
This isn’t a favorites list, just some fond and romantic memories from 2017!
I’ve known Bret since college, and was tickled when he filled me in on his secret proposal plan for his then-girlfriend, Hannah!
As far as romance goes — it’s hard to beat a surprise proposal!
Bret’s grand plan was to drive Hannah out to the wineries for their anniversary, so she thought he was being sweet and celebrating that. She didn’t realize he was going to pull out a ring! Now, a tornado watch was also in effect on the day of the proposal, because Mother Nature does what she wants.
Bret & I had a “secret spy mission” going so we could talk about the proposal in secret. You can read more about this fun shoot, here.
2. Lindsey & Dan
Lindsey and Dan made the list because they are so in love, they booked two engagement shoots! Dan loves hockey, so the first shoot was done at an ice rink. Look closely at the scoreboard – that’s actually their wedding date!
The second shoot was a more country setting, which was Lindsey’s dream! Plus, she had 7 outfits all planned out, with what shots she wanted in each outfit. She is the most prepared bride ever!
3. Genevieve, Theodore, Elena, & Jaxton!
And love leads to babies!!!
Let’s start with Jenn and James. They were so tickled to welcome their baby girl, Genevieve, into the world in 2017. She is their first, and very loved by all their friends and family!
But 2017 also welcomed other baby cuties that Christine was tickled pink about! Three of Christine’s very best friends all had them within months of each other!!
Mr. TJ (Amanda & Jordan) and Miss Elena (Steve & Alyssa) need to be highlighted, too! Elena actually POOPED on me during her shoot.
Plus, Christine’s little nephew was born this year. His name is Jaxton! SO MANY CUTE SNUGGLES WERE HAD!!!
TJ also gave everyone quite a scare. Amanda went into labor early.
He was in the NICU after birth, but he’s a tough lil’ guy!! Plus, his guard dog, Truman, is always at the ready! 😉
4. Emily & Stephen
Romance in the windy city! Emily is another one of my dear college friends. We worked together at the state Capitol and graduated from Mizzou together! I try to make it to Chicago at least once a year to visit — and after Stephen’s proposal … it was a must to make it out there ASAP!
With the romantic backdrop of Chicago against the water, it was a breathtaking photoshoot to celebrate their love!
5. Katherine & Josh
These two lovebirds just couldn’t stop kissing each other! I mean, of course it was their wedding day, but even during their engagement session, they kept sneaking little kisses! It was so adorable. A peck on the end of her nose, a kiss ever so gently on his cheek. It just made me squeak from the romance of it all!
Plus, Josh loves kissing Kathy’s hand!
6. Oye Engagement
I really wanted to highlight this adorable engagement shoot because these two lovebirds are in a long distance relationship, but they still made it work!
Months ago, Oye asked Sayo hypothetically, “If I happened to ask you to marry me, what would be your answer?”
Sayo gets so many bonus point for her answer: “You have to ask to find out!”
The happy couple is getting married back on the East coast in South New Jersey at Lucien’s Manor this October.
7. Jeremy & Amanda
This was definitely one of the most romantic settings this year – a gorgeous wedding at a country club.
Amanda & Jeremy had the entire property to themselves. It was spacious, and beautiful, both the land on the outside and the property on the inside! Bright grass, tall trees, a white picket fence surrounding the roadway, plus a deck to stand on.
We hope you had some romantic moments in 2017, and many more in 2018! After all, love makes the world go ’round!
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