Love at first site runs in the family, so it’s no wonder it took no time at all for Ivan + Lara to KNOW they were meant to be!

During engagement shoots I do different promos with my couples to give them something to do or something to say to each other so there’s an experience along with the poses. I asked them both to tell each other why they chose one another to spend the rest of their lives with, and it was a resounding answer from them both that “I just knew you were the one instantly”.

Between our coffee date a few months back and this engagement session, it’s absolutely solidified that truth! If you get to experience the ease between Lara + Ivan and the way they love on one another, it’s evidence of that quick chemistry turned into a fun and life-giving relationship they share!

I was excited when they asked about heading to Benton Harbor for their engagement shoot! We were able to take in the adorable small town, take some photos outside the church they’ll get married at and head to Silver Beach for a little bit! It was the first time we’ve gotten our toes sandy this year… and although it wasn’t quite the warm beach day you hope for, it was beautiful! We even had a few deer following us around for a bit which pretty much made the town and the session seem all that more picturesque! If you haven’t been able to go experience the little town of Benton Harbor, by Silver Beach, you need to plan a trip this summer! It’s the cutest!

The worst part about this whole shoot was having to end it and knowing I’ll have to wait a few months to see these two again! Pretty sure I laughed as much as ever and walked away feeling as sure about this being the best job in the world as I have before!

Hope you enjoy some of my very favorites from their shoot!!

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