Sam & Latalia, engagement session back home in West Virginia

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Sam and Latalia are a studious pair that just recently finished up advanced degrees in family counseling and math. They relocated to Chicago a couple of years ago, but are coming back home to Latalia's roots in Elkins, WV, to wed this fall. I didn't think it would be possible to do an engagement session with the pair, but guess who had to come back home for a marriage license! Yay! 

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Latalia and Sam met me in Harper's Ferry a few weeks ago and we had such a good time. The weather was perfect in between what had been such a stretch of muggy-rainy days. So we really lucked out given that we wouldn't have had the luxury or rescheduling their session. 

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We talked about their backgrounds, their values as individuals and as a couple, and I really felt like I got to know these two much better. One of the reasons I love engagement sessions. Often, I have a previous friendship with my couples, but with Latalia and Sam, this was our first time meeting. So it was really wonderful to get to know them face-to-face before their big day. 

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Sam and Latalia seem like the perfect match- they both exuded this calm and sensible energy that just put you at ease. When I asked them to smooch for a picture, Latalia lit up every.single.time, which made my heart absolutely melt. And the way Sam looked at her, it was like she had every ounce of his attention and he was grateful just for her smile.  I cannot wait for their wedding day- it's going to be such an honor to capture those shared glances when they become husband and wife!