Abbie and Derek – 9/22/16 – Como Regional Park, St. Paul, Minnesota
I can’t get enough of these two! They are seriously awesome, the the way the met makes me so happy! Abbie and Derek met through friends, but didn’t think anything of it. They met again when Abbie lost her phone and ran into Derek at a fair. Being a gentleman, Derek gave her his phone, which was a great move because this connection lead to their first date. The went out again, except for their second date, Derek made her dinner, and Abbie recalls the rice was a bit crunchy… I’ll admit, I’ve done the same when cooking dinner for my husband. They live in South Dakota, but Abbie grew up around Como Regional Park which made it the best spot for their engagement session.
Como Park in St. Paul overlooks Lake Como, has a small waterfall, and these beautiful white gates pictures below. We started the shoot with their two furry friends, who were just as excited as I was. Their pups were so sweet and kind, and jumped at the opportunity to have their photos taken. Abbie’s parents watched lovingly as the four of them worked their way through the park and eventually were tangled up. They graciously took the dogs so I could spend some one on one time with the bride and groom to be.
We started at the gentle waterfall. It’s small, but still so beautiful, and they were able to have it all to themselves for a few moments. It was almost twilight, and the clouds plumed with shades of purples and pinks. We took a walk around the lake and ended up on the dock where there was also a spin class, which seemed pretty odd. We worked our way around them and were able to enjoy the reflections of trees and the sky in the lake.
It was so much fun. I love their personalities and their unique love story. You can tell they have fun together and that is so important in a relationship. I will be shooting their wedding next April, so get ready for more of this fun couple!
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