We laughed and we drank. We talked, we bonded, and a beautiful friendship was solidified. It’s at this point where beautiful wedding photos are made.
You may be wondering… This is an engagement session, why are you mention wedding photos? Well, it’s because having an engagement session is the number First step to Ensuring Gorgeous Wedding Photos!! And one thing I can say for sure is that Julie and Mackenzie will be having gorgeous wedding photos!!
Julie and Mackenzies Engagement session was in Peterborough NH just the other day. (Almost a year to the day of their Wedding planned for May 2nd of 2020!) And one thing is for sure- their session was beautiful!!! And for so many reasons. But the biggest reason their photos turned out amazing- is because these two are incredible humans. Not only outside, but inside as well. Their inner beauty and authenticity shine so brightly. It’s no secret that, Beautiful people + Beautiful Souls makes for beautiful photos.
“NO BEAUTY SHINES BRIGHTER THAN THAT OF A GOOD HEART.”
Julie and Mackenzie
From the first phone call- I knew that Julie was the sweetest person. I literally got off the phone and was raving about the wonderful person I had just met. It was so energizing for me. Have you ever spent time with positive, happy people? It’s infectious. In a good way. And this is Julie. Not only is she the most beautiful girl- but she is a beautiful person too. Mackenzie was just as awesome!!! And together they are a force to be reckoned with! Just wait until you see the way they interact. Their playful nature and sincere love. It’s beautiful to see… and even easier to photograph. 🙂
How did you guys meet?
Mackenzie and I had a summer romance filled with (literal) fireworks, roller coasters and late nights in an amusement park! We both were looking for a summer job to make money before I went to college and Mackenzie went back to graduate school and ended up at Canobie Lake Park as roller coaster ride operators. We started talking and over a week filled with longing glances across rides, work lunch dates and late nights watching the fireworks together, we decided to jump into a long distance relationship!
Tell us about your first date! (Was it fun, awkward, boring, etc) We love details!!
Our first date was actually just hanging out in Mackenzie’s parent’s basement. I instantly met his parents (talk about scary) and we ended up watching Dirty Jobs and talking all night. I thought it was going great until I accidentally dumped a water bottle all over Mackenzie, which he will never let me forget.
Tell us about the proposal!
Mackenzie proposed on our 4 year anniversary, which is the same day we had coincidentally planned a lobster bake to celebrate Mackenzie’s birthday with all his family. Mackenzie had designed the ring and it was ready to pick up the night before our anniversary. I came home from an overnight shift at the hospital and Mackenzie gave me my anniversary card. When I finished reading the card he got down on one knee and stumbled over his worlds while I was hyperventilating. After having a moment alone together to soak it in, we started sharing the news! Mackenzie hadn’t told anyone he was going to propose and one of the most special parts of the entire day was being able to tell our friends and family together. We drove to my parent’s house and were able to tell my family, and they were able to tell his parents and siblings one by one and then spend the day celebrating!
What do you guys do for fun? (Both together and as individuals?)
Together we love having board game nights, spending time with our friends and family, watching Patriots games and traveling to visit our families! Julie enjoys all things summer related and thinking of creative/crafty gifts while Mackenzie loves watching sports and napping.
Do either of you have funny quirks or habits that drives the other nuts? (HAHA)
Julie doesn’t like being the one to turn lights off at night, Mackenzie opens doors but never closes them!
How are the wedding plans coming along? What are your wedding day visions?
Julie is in graduate school so wedding planning has been very sporadic. We were lucky and got all the big things out of the way early so now we have a year to figure out the little details. Our wedding vision is romantic but light and fun, we just want to have a great time!
As a couple who is currently actively planning your wedding- can you offer any advice to other couples? What would be your biggest piece of advice?
Don’t stress about the little things, Do your research, stick to your gut and try and be decisive. We talked about all our must-haves, things we would love (but didn’t need) and things we specifically didn’t want. Don’t have unrealistic expectations and focus on making it an absolutely perfect day. Focus on each other and the big picture and it’ll be perfectly imperfect.
What do you both do for a living?
Mackenzie is a pharmacist and Julie is in graduate school right now to be a physician assistant. We both love the medical field and helping others which is great until we disagree about medicine/treatments!
Anything else you would like to share that is interesting, funny, etc?
They say that when you know you know, but also that relationships take work. We met and two weeks later we were in a long distance relationship that lasted for almost 2 years. We knew right away that it was going to be forever, but still are so grateful we made it through the distance, late night phone calls, bus rides, and long stretches apart. Now, We are living the life we used to dream about and are grateful every day.
I’m so lucky
I’m truly just so grateful that my career has allowed me, not only to meet, but to be trusted by and befriend all these amazing couples. Julie and Mackenzie are two of the most incredible people and I get to call them friends. How lucky am I?
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