Lyndsey + Sean: Bow Valley Provincial Park
They were off on one their usual excursions, trekking in to the wilderness surrounded by beautiful lush green forest and mountain air all around them. However, this time it was different. The weather wasn't perfect and Lyndsey questioned whether they should be hiking at all in miserable cold weather. But Sean urged her to go, he couldn't wait any longer. During the hike, they came to a large boulder, Sean walked forward and hid himself to retrieve the ring from his pack, his heart pumping he asked Lyndsey to join him there.
Lyndsey, thinking it was strange to hide behind a boulder, found Sean with a ring in his hand as he asked her to take the greatest adventure. It was there, in the trees, in their favourite Kananaskis country, doing what they love, that they decided to spend the rest of their life together.
Sarah, Lyndsey's sister, who was away at school in Edmonton, surprised her with an engagement shoot as a gift. Sarah had contacted me shortly after the engagement news and mentioned that the love between Sean and Lyndsey is "beautiful and inspiring," and how excited she was to do this for them. I was so excited to be part of such a huge surprise and couldn't wait to meet them. I was going to be apart of something extra special between two sets of people: the special love between two sisters, and the love between two people who were going to get married! It was an honour.
We gathered ourselves over coffee in big comfy chairs as they shared their love story with me. I instantly admired how honest and silly they were and I couldn't wait for our session to take place in the new year.
The engagement session started in a nook of trees near Middle Lake in Bow Valley Provincial Park, close to Canmore, Alberta. The sun was incredibly warm for the month of May, it was the most perfect summer day for our spring shoot. (Summer weather in spring - we will take it!) The wind created gorgeous movement through their hair and they both glowed, retelling their story, reliving each moment as if it was happening all over again. You can see the love they have in every picture, it pours forward so generously... its a kind of sweet softness, nothing forced, its just there.
Sarah was right... a beautiful and inspiring kind of love.