Nebraska humidity times a million, mosquitoes, and a late July evening set the tone for Stefanie and Christian’s engagement session just outside Louisville, Nebraska, at Lilac Hill. Despite the not-so-ideal weather conditions, we joked quite often of how much cooler it was than the 106 degree temperature of our previously scheduled date!

Joking aside, Stefanie and Christian were such troopers, and I was beyond honored to capture their love story. Not only did I get to see how they interacted as a couple, but I also got to meet one of the most special members of their little family: their dog, Penny. If you didn’t know before, I am a HUGE dog person and loved how they incorporated a little more of who they are now as a couple into their session.

For over an hour we walked the beautiful grounds together, took pictures, and got to know each other a little bit better. As I watched them walk hand-in-hand among the white and purple lilacs, just a little under a year before they promise themselves to each other in this exact same spot, I couldn’t help but be thankful that our paths crossed a few months ago. This is a couple that you not only want to be your best friend, but hang out with often and be a part of their special life moments. Now, and in the many years to come!

Stefanie and Christian, you guys are so amazing! I love your laidback attitude and how who you are as a couple came out so naturally during our time together! Being able to laugh and be goofy with each other is just as important as having those serious, intimate moments in a marriage, and you have that down to a tee!

I loved learning more about your story, and I can’t wait to capture your next adventure this coming June! There is so much excitement and heartfelt moments ahead of you, and I can’t wait for you both to experience them!