I've known Valerie since high school, when we were going to the same church--but we really solidified our friendship when we both ended up attending the University of Florida for college. I was just a little baby freshman when Val was a junior, and she quickly became my Bible study leader, mentor and friend. In the years since then, we've made a point to catch up with each other every year or two, and while we talk about allll sorts of things (you should SEE us talk...we can go for hours!), the conversation inevitably always turned back to guys. Who we were dating, who we had previously dated, who we wished we were dating...and when our future husbands would walk into our lives. So when Valerie told me earlier this year that Kenny was the real deal--that she knew he was the one and he would be proposing any day now--I was over the moon excited for my sweet friend. She found her person, and there really aren't many things better than that in life. I'm SO excited to be shooting Valerie and Kenny's wedding next month, and we had a ridiculous amount of fun shooting their engagement photos a couple of weekends ago in Orlando. Val and Kenny put a ton of thought into the locations and outfits for their shoot, and I think the result was just stunning. From the Portofino Resort (where they had their first date AND got engaged) to a picnic at the lake behind their ceremony venue...it was all so THEM.
And, there is actually a third location we shot at that I'm saving for tomorrow's blog post. There is more to their relationship than what you see on the surface of these photos, and I can't wait to share a little bit more of Valerie and Kenny's love story with you.