The first time Daphne and I chatted on the phone about her upcoming wedding day, there were two things she brought up that just made her proud. First, her new fiancé, Rusty, and of course, her children. As we chatted and got to know each other during that first phone call, we found how closely our paths crossed. Not only did our children attend the same schools, but Daphne’s daughter was playing softball in the same league as my daughter, Ava. We laughed as we realized they were going to be playing against each other in an upcoming game. Even though we were cheering from opposite sides of the field, it was nice to meet our newest bride-to-be in person during that fall softball game.
We wanted to get Daphne & Rusty’s engagement session scheduled for the fall, but due to Rusty’s line of work as a journeyman, this fall’s extreme hurricane season had him working on the road for weeks at a time. Daphne told me how much she admires Rusty work ethic, so when we finally found an open weekend in October, we were excited to get the session scheduled. We decided to plan a family engagement session to include all 4 of their children. Unfortunately, Mother nature had other plans for that day. The morning of their session was a complete rainout so reschedule was in order. Finally, as March rolled around, we finally had a weekend where we were able to try it again. As soon as I saw their family pull up in their perfectly coordinating outfits, it knew it was going to be a fun time.
We met at White Pines State Park in Mt. Morris for their session. I had never been to this state park before and it was stunning. On a warm summer day, I can just imagine all the families enjoying picnics along the creek that runs through the park. Since it was March we had the entire place practically to ourselves. Here a some of my favorite from this beautiful family.