From the moment I sat down with Calen and Lori, I wanted so badly to photograph their wedding. They are beyond sweet, even more genuine, and love each other for all the right reasons.
For their engagement photos, we spent a chilly afternoon in Rapid City. The day included a cup of coffee at their favorite restaurant, a short hike just outside of town, and a quick stop at the Fire Hall where Calen works (and where their story began). This day made me feel so lucky to work with people in love, doing what I love.
Calen and Lori, thank you so much for asking me to be a small part of this time in your life. I’m really—really—looking forward to your wedding this summer. Enjoy a few of my favorites!
Lori’s favorite thing about Calen:
What I love about Calen is that he treasures me. After His faith, I come first and I never doubt that. He is always drawing me crayon pictures and hiding them in my mailbox at work….he is quite the artist. He showers me with encouragement and prayers daily. He makes me feel safe. He always has a new corny joke to tell me and it makes me laugh even when it’s not funny.
Lori knew she’d marry Calen when…
I still can’t pin point a moment when I thought I would marry Calen. I think I just always hoped that I would. When he told me he loved me time stopped. It was a such an amazing feeling that I can’t describe.
Calen’s favorite thing about Lori:
My favorite thing about Lori is hard to pin point, or even to put into words. I love everything about her, even when we don’t see eye to eye. I love her cute button nose and this one freckle she has on her lip. She also makes this adorable face when she is doing her hair; she stares into the mirror intensely and purses her lips. Sometimes she laughs silently, closes her eyes, and scrunches her nose. She has an amazing love for the Lord and puts others before herself. Most importantly, I love how she loves me. She is always thinking of me, praying for me, and supporting me. I am truly Blessed!
Calen knew he’d marry Lori when…
I don’t have an exact moment that I knew I would marry Lori. It was more of a process of seeking God and seeking her. Our whole dating relationship just seemed to work, like it was meant to be. It wasn’t that either of us are perfect people, she just continued (and continues) to love me no matter what. I do remember having a rough month or so (not with Lori, but with other things in life) and deciding I would lose everything— but that I would never lose Lori. After that, and before I proposed, I was talking with a close friend about how difficult it was to make time frames, travel, and work line up to propose to her over Christmas. He simply said, “You know you can do it sooner.” From that point on everything fell in place. Looking back, I wish I had proposed to her right when I met her. I can’t wait to be her husband.