Long Lake Park Engagement Session


November 15, 2018




Destination Weddings







When you fall in love, the world feels new. It's as if everything is happening for the first time. That's why we love photographing weddings. Each wedding has us falling in love over and over again—it reminds us that there is wonder and mystery in this shared life we all build together. The most aspirational thing to us is rekindling that initial spark of falling in love. We want to give you that experience with your wedding photos, perfectly captured and forever remembered. It's here, in our journal, we celebrate your love story so all can enjoy it.


We can still remember the day it happened for us.  The day Josh asked the most important question he’d ever ask.  The day that Leidy said the most important “yes’ she would ever answer.  That day changed our lives and determined the path that we follow leading us to here.  Even though it was three years ago, we’ll never forget that day.  That Valentine’s Day on a beach in the Caribbean.  We remember the excitement and joy we felt after being engaged and the anticipation of our upcoming wedding day.  Little did we know that one day our adventure would lead us to be Grand Rapids wedding photographers!

That’s why we love hearing the stories of our couple’s own engagement season.  A season of joy, celebration, and excitement.  Every time we listen to our couple’s love story, all those feelings come rushing back to us.

Erika & James

From the moment we sat down with Erika and James at Madcap to meet, we knew they would be special.  With Erika’s love for cows and barn weddings and James’s identity as a law enforcement officer, we instantly liked them.  We couldn’t wait to ask them all about their love story.

Erika and James started dating during Erika’s first semester of college.  They went on one date and fell in love with each other immediately.  The first three years of their relationship was long distance living an hour and a half away from each other.  For two days a week, they had the opportunity to spend only a few hours together.  But despite the long commute and infrequent chances to see each other, they stayed together!  A difficult challenge for any relationship but they did it and their relationship is stronger because of it.

Their engagement session is something we won’t soon forget.  We are not sure if we will ever have a police car at the scene of our photo shoot again!  And we aren’t sure how to fit James’ Michigan state trooper uniform in our Engagement Session Guide, but we are working on it!

How did James Pop The Question?

“He popped the question summer 2018 while we were on my annual birthday trip to Mackinac Island.  We were there with my entire family biking around the island.  At about mile 4 around the island we all parked our bikes and were just taking group pictures and what not and all of a sudden James was down on one knee and I, of course, was crying.  It was perfect!”

What Are You Looking Forward To In Life-After-Marriage Together?

“I look forward to everything in life after marriage!  Being together for four years now and it has been nothing short of amazing.  We are just excited to be husband and wife.  We just bought a house 3-4 months ago and really look forward to growing in that house, having kids and just be husband and wife!”

Fun fact:  these two actually found us through Paloma’s quince!  Actually, they had already heard of us before the event.  But we met each other for the first time there!

We Cannot Wait For The Wedding Day

Erika and James, thank you for adventuring from The Ridge View Barn to Long Lake Park in Sparta Michigan.  Through the park terrain and even into the woods (special bonus points to James for doing it in uniform!).  And James, Josh can speak from experience that marrying into a Hispanic family is so worth it.  They might call you crazy but the love and commitment from your new family is priceless.  Thank you for allowing us to capture this special season of your lives.  There were so many good ones to pick from but here are just a few of our favorites!


1. Tacari Weddings – Erika and James

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  1. Yolanda n Juan Torres says:

    I love all the picture very nice n you can see this love growing and can’t wait for the wedding and I’m one proud Nana n Abuelo congrat keep growing in love with each other

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