I couldn’t be more excited about these photos Olivia and Phil’s Glen Haven engagement. We explored Sleeping Bear Dunes in the wee hours of the morning for that dramatic early morning glow I love. We climbed up and ran down some of my favorite dunes in Sleeping Bear.

Olivia and Phil met at Flapjack. “Phil was the kitchen manager at the flap jack shack, a breakfast restaurant. I started as a host and we actually never talked the whole time I worked there. I had put in my two weeks and decided to send him a message asking him to hangout. I thought he was cute and figured I had nothing to lose since I was already quitting. He said yes, our first date was at pyramid point, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.”

A big thank you to Olivia and Phil for waking up bright and early for our sunrise photo shoot and exploring one of my favorite hikes in Sleeping Bear Dunes with me!! How perfect that we did your engagement session at Sleeping Bear. This is where Olivia and Phil had their first date.

These two are very special and it was so much fun to capture their smiles and giggles.

“I love that he is my best friend. When it comes down to it, he always chooses me and I always choose him. I love our adventure spirit as a couple and the humor that we weirdly both share. It’s rare to find someone who is on the same level as you in almost all aspects, but also so different that you’re constantly learning from each other.” ~Olivia

We had a nice breeze for our Glen Haven engagement. We had mostly clear skies with just the right amount of clouds for that radiant glow. We climbed the highest dune overlooking the lake and captured some beautiful shots “in the clouds.” Then Olivia and Phil ran down the dune to the edge of Lake Michigan. The two walked barefoot along the shore to end their Glen Haven engagement session.

Olivia and Phil grew up in Northern Michigan and they are getting married in Traverse City. Olivia couldn’t be more excited to be a Laird. “I can’t wait for the moment we see each other for the first time as I’m walking down the isle. I think that will be a really real, and awesome moment for the both of us. And of course the celebration of us and the reasons why we fell in love in the first place.”

I’m excited for you guys and thanks again for adventuring with me in Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Josh Hartman – Glen Haven Engagement Photographer

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