Just a few days ago, I spent some time down in Illinois for Christian and Alina’s engagement session at Spencer Park in Belvidere and I’m still sore from grinning so much. Randy and I had the best time exploring a new area together!
Spencer Park is a beautiful local spot in Belvidere, complete with a gorgeous blue lake and some incredible hiking trails. Even though I live a stone’s throw away from the Illinois border, it’s pretty rare for me to actually go south for sessions so I loved that Christian and Alina invited me somewhere special to them for their engagement session.
We loved getting to know the two of them, and learning all about their nearly ten-year-long romance. They actually met in high school, through a mutual friend at her 16th birthday party. That same friend actually played a big role in Christian’s surprise proposal, too! She took Alina shopping while Christian set up their living room with candles and Christmas lights and all of their pictures and letters they wrote to each other when we were dating long distance.
Funny enough, Christian was supposed to walk Alina through each memory but he got so nervous he forgot, HAHA! Poor guy! But Alina loved it and immediately said yes and now here we are, planning their upcoming fall wedding. Can’t wait to hang out again with them, and eat all the yummy authentic Mexican food planned for their reception!
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