I arrived early the evening of October 11th to get a feel for the landscape and lighting of the wide open fields on the farm where Dakota and Madeline share so much history. Soybeans and patches of Fescue gave off a brilliant golden glow in the early October sunshine. The leaves were just beginning to show their autumn hues. It was the perfect setting. I’ve been excited for this session for quite some time. Madeline and I had met once before and everything felt right, like we had been friends for forever. I met Dakota for the first time that evening, and I knew I liked him when he pronounced my last name correctly right off the bat! This couple truly is one of the most genuine couples that you will ever meet. Their chemistry on and off camera is exactly the same: Dakota has this humbleness about him and his affection for Madeline really shines; Madeline’s adorable smile can truly light up a room and she loves to make Dakota laugh. For a photographer that specializes in documenting relationships, this was a dream!
The setting for their engagement session is actually the same as their proposal. Madeline tells the story best!
“We were going to his parents house and had planned for all of us to go out for lunch. Dakota decided that he needed to turn in some tax papers, stop by the farm really fast, and then we would be on our way. Pretty soon, his dad got a call from Dakota saying that his truck wouldn't start and he was stuck at the farm, so we needed to rescue him. His parents and I got in the truck and immediately headed to the farm. When we got there Dakota wasn't around, but there was a note on his seat with a clue!!!! He had set up a scavenger hunt all around the farm (which is our favorite place to be), and I had to go find him. My birthday was a few days before, so I was expecting a birthday present! But when I got to the last clue, I walked around the corner and there he was on his knee. His mom recorded the whole thing and I could not have asked for anything more perfect. My LORD I love that man!”
Just before Madeline and Dakota’s engagement session they received a call that the offer they had put in on their first home and land was accepted! Paired with the milestone of their engagement session, I’d say October 11th was a pretty monumental day!
This couple loves to spend their free time together on the farm. Madeline is attending college in Springfield and returns home every chance she gets to hang out with Dakota.
Madeline and Dakota will be tying the knot on August 3rd, 2019 at Glenn Acres Farm in Columbia, MO. I cannot wait to experience all the beauty and loving-kindness of their wedding day!