We have all heard of one-sided love stories. Well, this is what Makenzie sometimes feared. She had a huge crush on John right from the time when they were in school but never got a chance to express it to him. She liked him throughout and dreamed of marrying him one day, but John didn’t know any of this.
Ten years later, and now they’re engaged and celebrating their love. And I’m so happy I got to capture their engagement session at the Ewing Manor Cultural Center.
Makenzie and John grew up in the same town and went to the same school. Makenzie always had a huge crush on John. He was three years senior to her, so she didn’t get a chance to interact much with him. When she was 14 years old, she bought a ribbon that read ‘Bride to Be’. She told her sister and friends she would marry John Schuler someday. Ten years later and here they are!
In April of 2018 Makenzie and John ran a half-marathon in Champaign-Urbana, and a few days after the race, John reached out to her. They hit it off right away and the rest is history! They have been together and inseparable ever since.
John told me he knew it was meant to be when he first met Makenzie. To him, it seemed like they had been dating forever.
Makenzie and John are very comfortable around each other and love to laugh with each other. Makenzie loves John’s patience and his work ethics and how he prioritizes his family and faith over other things. John says Makenzie has the biggest heart, the most selfless attitude, she’s humble, dedicated, smart, and on top of it, she is cute.
For their Engagement photography session at the Ewing Manor Cultural Center, Makenzie and John both dressed up in black jeans and blue denim jackets. They looked so cute together. Orange hued leaves around Ewing Manor park made for a perfect backdrop. The couple changed their attire for another section of the session. They wore color-coordinated clothes again. They laughed, joked around and made my work easy. They were clearly so much in love. They hugged and kissed each other. John even got down on one knee, with a ring, to reinact his proposal to Makenzie and voila! It was magic thereafter.
It was so fun photographing you, Makenzie and John. I enjoyed the session and hope you did too. Thank you for letting me be your engagement photographer. A big congratulations to you both. Cheers!
Whether it’s four feet ankle-deep in mud, tenderly clasped hands, a happy tear cascading over a cheek, a hair-back laugh or a sun-drenched kiss,
The ones that move you. Bind you. Bring you together and keep you together long after the memory fades.