I am so excited to share about Anne + Mikey’s love story and show some of my favorite photos from their snowy Discovery Park engagement session in Seattle! Literally from my first emails with Anne and then my FaceTime call with both of them, I feel like we all instantly clicked together. From Anne’s joyful personality with a refreshing dash of humor to Mikey’s modesty, wit, and dry sense of humor, I instantly liked them both and couldn’t help but have a big smile on my face as we talked… Is there such thing as friends at first sight?!?!
How They Met
Anne + Mikey first met on a musical production of Footloose while living on the Olympic Peninsula here in Washington. For the next couple of years, they shared a close friendship as they did more shows together and connected even more through those shared experiences. It was obvious from the beginning that they had a special bond together, even within their tight knit friend group.
Fast forward to the spring of 2015, Anne was searching for a college to transfer to and Mikey was interested in a finding an amazing running team for undergrad. Turns out that Anne found a school in Chicago with a great musical theater program and the school also had the #1 running team in the country within their division. They both decided this was the school for them. How perfect is that?!?!
Well, the summer right before the big move, Anne + Mikey were spending almost every day together and their friendship was growing into something more. Before they said goodbye to each other at the end of the day, they started making a wish at 11:11 and one night, Mikey used his 11:11 wish to share their first kiss. Is he smooth or what?
Fast forward again to last April when Anne was visiting New York City for Mikey’s birthday. At the time, Anne was still living in Chicago and Mikey had moved to NY to attend Columbia University for graduate school. The very first night of her visit, Mikey dressed up and took Anne out to one of their favorite spots in the city– Madison Square Park. He suggested that they take a photo together in the middle of the square. When Anne turned around for just a second, Mikey was down on one knee! To make his proposal even more special, Mikey used the diamond from his grandmother’s wedding ring to design Anne’s ring. How romantic <3 Anne + Mikey told me that he initially planned to propose a few days later, but he couldn’t wait another day! Awww <3
Snowy Discovery Park Engagement Session
Now that Anne + Mikey are both living in New York, I thought it was meant to be that Anne found me and we were such a good fit! Coincidentally, Anne + Mikey were visiting their venue here in Washington and I made sure to set aside time to do their engagement session while they were in town! Despite all of the crazy snow we just had, we got REALLY lucky with a sunny day mixed in a winter wonderland!
I’m not exaggerating when I say that Anne + Mikey are a DREAM to be around. It felt like I was hanging out with old friends while I got to capture the obvious love that they have for each other. From laying in the snow for the perfect ring shot to pulling hockey pucks of snow off of Anne’s shoes (haha), I couldn’t have asked for a more fun engagement session with a gorgeous glow and adorable couple!
Anne + Mikey, your engagement session reminded me of why I love photographing couples who are so madly in love like you two are. Becoming friends with you both and being a part of your love story is why I love what I do and I’m so thankful we met!
These lovebirds’ wedding is at the end of July at the Kiana Lodge and you don’t want to miss that!
Until next time,