Minnehaha Creek + Italian Eatery Minneapolis Proposal / Allie + Kevin

Story time ✨In May we got an inquiry for a couples' session that shook us up a bit. Allie sent an honest, vulnerable message about their current situation: her and her partner Kevin, in love and planning their futures together, were faced with an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis. Allie was beginning treatment in a few weeks and told us "I want to look like me in my engagement photos." We were obviously 100% in, feeling humbled and honestly a bit anxious about making this the best experience possible for them.

Fast forward to the day before their session and another surprising message popped up, this time from Kevin. He was going to propose to Allie and wanted it captured. We came up with a code word, and Kevin pulled off a perfect (and perfectly nervous) surprise proposal next to Minnehaha creek - a significant spot for them. He even had a celebration planned at Italian Eatery (our fav restaurant in the Cities!) afterward, complete with flown in family and friends.

I love that these two recognized the importance of taking photos at this time, and that they got to take a break from the major challenges they are facing to just feel some love and joy. We started as strangers, but after two hours of stories, laughter, and of course this major moment we left feeling like something with so much depth had been formed. For us, this was one of those days where you just know you're meant to be there, with these people. It has reminded us that our work has literally nothing to do with us - it's all about keeping moments like this in tact for our couples and the people that love them.

A+K - you're the real deal, and we can't thank you enough for having us as a part of this challenging, bittersweet, beautiful time in your lives. Thanks for listening! Now go make a wish for these two, and hug someone you love ❤️.