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When Michael and Valerie told me they wanted to do their engagement session at the State Fair, I jumped at the chance! The atmosphere, the colorful rides, the people, the food – you just can’t beat such a fun location. But more than the fun location, I was so excited to spend time with these two. Michael is my first cousin (his mom and my mom are sisters), so I’ve grown up with him since we were born. Our moms were pregnant with us at the same time (I’m only 4 months older than him), we graduated from high school together, we’ve spent most holidays together growing up, and I can’t even count the times we’ve explored the woods behind his house as kids. I love Mikee and all the memories we’ve had growing up as cousins together!

One thing you have to know about Michael is that he is incredibly adventurous. He literally traveled the world for the past few years, scuba diving in Australia, taking a motorcycle trip up the coast of Korea, living in Nicaragua, celebrating a friend’s wedding and living in Brazil for a while… I can’t keep track of all the adventures he’s had! So when Valerie came along, all of us were SO excited at the possibility of their future together! We weren’t sure there would ever be someone special enough for Michael, who could keep up with his adventures. Sure enough, Valerie is absolutely perfect for him. Not only is she beautiful, but she loves travel, she is laid back just like Michael, she loves camping and hiking, and she encourages him to do the things he loves. What I love most about Valerie is her kind heart. I know that she genuinely cares about those around her, and I’m so excited for their future together. They really are perfect for one another!

Side note about the photos of Mikee and Valerie on the swings: I’m terrified of rides! And not only that, but I was about 8 weeks pregnant at the time. (No one knew except for Will and my sister, and I was quite nervous about the smells of the State Fair!) I told them I was up for anything, but I had to muster up some serious courage to get on these swings. Looking through my camera, as I was spinning high through the air was crazy being pregnant! I was pretty dizzy and nauseous, it was so fun and so worth it. I’ve always said “anything for a good photo!” and I didn’t back down then either! I must say it’s one of my prouder moments as a photographer!

Congratulations Mike and Val! Can’t wait for your wedding in May!

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FAVE FAVE FAVE!!!!!! These two are so beautiful I can’t even stand it!! Mikey and Val – I am so excited about your wedding. We love yall!

Gorgeous photos!!! These two should be models. She looks like Behati Prinsloo :)

Nancy! This may just be my favorite session that you’ve done ever. Love them!

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