Dream Beauty Photography
Photos by Christina
The Hesse's won a FREE Engagement Session in September 2019. They just couldn't wait to be married though, so we made it a post-Elopement Session.
Kim and Chris
Chris and Kim met in 2007 and dated for about 6 months before life circumstances led Kim to move across country to Idaho, when she had a chance to meet her dad. The distance proved difficult because they were very young, so they
(like many couples) decided to take a break and give each other space.
Love had a different plan though. For 9 years, they developed a strong friendship. Kim felt a call to serve her country in the military and EVERY time she came home on leave, Chris was the first person to greet her.
For these 9 years, several obstacles--from cancer to babies--confronted these two. Nonetheless, not only did they survive, they thrived and began to lean on each other. Medical issues may have forced Kim to retire early from the military, but finally, in 2016, after years of back-and-forth, they yielded to love's desire and made the commitment to one another.
Today they have 2 beautiful baby girls that are Irish twins and 10 months. The oldest is now 9. In the past 3 years they have lived in Kentucky, Texas, and back to Illinois for family.
When Kim applied to win a Free Engagement session, she had no idea that life would throw one more curve ball at them. Due to government intervention, they were forced to put their dream wedding on the back burner and go to the court house and get married for the safety of their finances. This was a first for me to announce the winners and have one that had already been forced to get married. After hearing the confidential details, I decided that despite everything, their story was too beautiful to not capture. So their Engagement session is now a post-Elopement session.
While going on our four-site engagement session with them, I learned that they love to make each other laugh and explore; they enjoy hiking and horror movies. I found on our journey that they have a simple love that endures because they let things go they don't hold on to silly small things they may annoy the other; instead, they focus on holding tight to one another and focus on growing their family rather than a feud.