Sean and Jessica planned an Empire engagement session with me in May. The two enjoy visiting their family cottage on Long Lake every chance they get.

It’s always been a place we can escape to; where if you’d felt like sightseeing, you’d just have to step outside. We chose to have our engagement session there because it offered a fusion of family history and breathtaking scenery that you just simply cannot find elsewhere.” ~Sean

These two high school sweethearts met in Spanish class. Sean told me, “We met in a Spanish class and needless to say, walked away having learned very little Spanish. It’s almost unbelievable looking back at that time and knowing we’ve made it this far, but what’s truly exciting is looking forward and carving a future for ourselves that we’ve been wanting for so long.”

Sean planned a sunset proposal at Chateau Chantal last summer. Of course, Jessica said yes. They spent the rest of the day bouncing between Old Mission wineries with families and friends. It’s true that Sean and Jessica can’t get enough of the wine tours. The two enjoy keeping track of all the vineyards they’ve visited along M-22 between Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula. 

When these two aren’t exploring M22 and wineries, they love struggling through crossfit workouts together. Sean and Jessica have made some incredible progress together, each of them being the other’s loudest (and most annoying) cheerleader. Like true Michiganders, Sean and Jessica enjoy spending as much time as possible on a boat, kayak, or paddle board.

It was really neat to share one of my favorite local trails for Sean and Jessica’s Empire engagement session. I know this will be a place they will return to. Capturing their love in this beautiful Michigan backdrop was so much fun. “The wonderful thing about Sleeping Bear Dunes is the serenity you feel when you allow yourself to get lost out there. Immersing ourselves at the coast, among the dunes, without another soul in sight for miles is like hitting a reset button on all the anxieties and stresses we carry up from downstate.” I don’t think Sean could have said it better. Thanks for exploring with me!

Josh Hartman – Empire Engagement Photographer

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