This West Michigan Winter engagement session took place at the Ada Covered Bridge at Leonard Park. Just outside of Grand Rapids, MI. It provides a beautiful covered bridge background along with walking trails. The snow falling down could not have been more perfect that day.
Hailey and Gabe’s story could be made into a movie. They met while working as journalists for a fitness magazine based in Pennsylvania. They became friends for a while before officially dating. Bonding over the same interests such as running, writing, being outside, and cooking among many others things led them to start dating. They have now shared many running trails, coffee dates, and craft ciders together becoming inseparable. After surviving the pandemic together, they knew they were made for each other. They got engaged and decided to move to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Being closer to family while starting their new life together was important.
This West Michigan Winter Engagement Session incorporates some of their favorite things. Being outdoors, running trails, and a woodsy cozy type of feel. Since fitness brought them together and they have shared so many hours of their life together either walking or running on trails, we just had to include their running shoes in the session. They have officially shared 1340 miles together so far. It’s fun for them to think about how many footsteps, breaths, and conversations they have shared during those miles. They are hoping to run their first marathon after their wedding in August.
Hailey and Gabe both felt they would be a little shy in front of the camera which is a totally normal feeling. I really strive on getting to know my couples and their story. Its important for me to provide a comforting atmosphere to allow for real connection to shine through. I love capturing the natural element and emotions so each engagement session is unique to that couple. I would say that the end result of these photos captures them perfectly. Looking at these photos, its hard to believe they felt shy in front of the camera.
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West Michigan Winter Engagement Session | Hailey & Gabe