New Journey Farms Winter Wedding with Mr. & Mrs. Carlson

Mar 10, 2021


New Journey Farms in Lafayette


This story has been long written…

Freshman year of high school, I was just falling in love with photography and doing as many sessions as I could get. I loved being able to do what I loved each day, each moment. It is a vivid memory driving out to meet Taylor Baird for photos in a sunflower field. Just getting into my element of photography, I took senior photos for the coolest senior on the volleyball team. It was Taylor Baird who recommended me years later to Grant for a surprise proposal to his bride-to-be, Megan.

I had no idea God has been writing my story with photography since Taylor’s senior photos, but it led to this magical day between two crazy love birds.

Grant asked me to capture his proposal to Megan at the Horticulture Park on Purdue’s campus. A beautiful, romantic oasis. I remember meeting Taylor and setting up before they got there for a “quick walk before dinner.” Twinkle lights in the trees, a romantic blanket set up under the trees surrounded with candles and their favorite love songs playing in the background… and there I was; squatting in the trees trying not to make a sound by stepping on branches or falling over from heat exhaustion.

They appeared between the trees as I started to capture their every movement toward the setup. As soon as Megan noticed something, she thought they were interrupting someone’s date. But Grant insisted they check it out. As they walked slowly under the trees to the secret spot, Grant played it cool while he picked up a ring box hiding in the blanket.

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The proposal…

Before he could get on one knee, she was already covering her mouth in complete shock. Megan did NOT see this coming. *snap snap* The camera and I kept taking photos without taking Megan’s attention. Nothing could take this moment away from her. She said YES.

Moments later, their best friends, Taylor and her husband, John, appeared from the woods and celebrated with them! They were supposed to be meeting them for dinner, so great planning, Grant.

Grant and Megan met at Taylor and John’s wedding and hit it off immediately. Since that day, they have been in a long-distance relationship making it work from thousands of miles away. Grant even drove 12 hours to see her for just one day…. *swoon*

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Their engagement session

Grant came to Lafayette to visit just to do their engagement photos. I was so excited when they asked me to do them! In the middle of summer, we captured luscious greens, sunset oranges, and a whole lotta love.

“Would you be interested in spending time with us on January 23rd, 2021?”

I got this text from Grant. I didn’t know if they wanted me to take photos or just ATTEND… At this point, they were the coolest friends ever, so I was okay with either option!! I didn’t want to sound like an idiot, so I replied with “YES I’M FREE THAT DAY ” Needless to say… it led up to the most gorgeous day.. And I brought my camera.


January 23rd, 2021 was a day to remember. This was my first time taking photos at New Journey Farms in Lafayette, Indiana. The most classy, timeless space to tie the knot…


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  1. Mallory Balducci says:

    Absolutely stunning! The venue is gorgeous, and you captured the photos beautifully. I love how clean year cozy the vibe feels. Such a pretty day!

  2. Angie Wallace says:

    Absolutely stunning!! I love everything about this!!

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