Kayla + Tyler // Engagement

Tyler is not only my cousin, but is more of a brother - and to see him transform into the man he is with a soul that is so happy, makes me so proud. I had the great honor of getting to capture the moment he dropped to one knee and asked the woman he loved to marry him. Kayla is the sweetest girl I’ve ever met, and I think they are absolutely perfect for one another.

Tyler and Kayla met freshman year at Valparaiso University. They were both in a class together and he had noticed her, but it wasn’t until after class had ended one day that he finally introduced himself. To get back from class, they would walk across the main quad area - Tyler was ahead of Kayla when he decided to stop to wait for her to catch up. So there, in the middle of campus and the quad, Tyler and Kayla officially met and began a friendship.

Years later, Tyler and Kayla finally started dating and they both knew early on that they were each other’s forever person. They both talked and planned their wedding and married life together, and Kayla was anxiously waiting for him to propose.

Then, merely one day before their one year anniversary, on their way back from class, Tyler surprised Kayla. In the same exact spot in which they first met, Tyler dropped to his knee. Kayla, in pure shock and annoyance that he might be teasing her, said “no you’re not” and almost missed the moment. Tyler pulled out a ring, and it all became very real. Kayla had spotted me taking photos at that moment, and I think that’s when she realized this dream was actually happening.

Tyler and Kayla are both engineers and live up in Michigan with their puppy, Winnie. This engagement session with them was very reflective of who they are together as a couple - shots of them being adventurous in nature, “family” photos with their pup, and their second location in the downtown area. Literally had such a blast with them and couldn’t wait to share!