I was lucky when it came to picking a photographer, because my best friend Sara and her (socuteitmakesmesick) little sister Robin both started their own photography business a few years ago called Sorella Image.
11 hours, a broken camera, and one canoe ride later, we ended up with hundreds and hundreds of pictures that I just wanted to cry tears of joy over. I cannot say how much I appreciate them and their hard work, (not kidding, even I was sore and exhausted that night!) and for being so willing to work with ideas that I had (Maple Lake :) which at some points, seemed near impossible.
What is special about these shots is that they all take place at what we refer to as "Merlin's magic lake." The very first date Max and I went on was to the Sadie Hawkins dance (six years ago!) and that night we had driven up to that same exact spot in Payson Canyon. We were both sixteen, both in the same English class, and both really not that interested in each other, except for maybe being just really good friends.
Out of all 8 couples that night, (none of whom had previously dated) 7 couples were affected by "Merlin's magic," and nearly everyone fell in love. (at least that's what we would have called it at sixteen :)
Honestly, that remains one of the best nights of my life. Not just because of my high school hormones, but because I will never forget sitting in a raft eating starbursts and snickers while Max sat across from me, talking for hours, losing all sense of time until the sun went down. (we never even ended up going to the actual dance!)
So here is one of the many photographs I have with the boy I am now going to marry. I'll post more soon!