I love Amy and Erick so much! They are such beautiful souls and I really enjoyed getting to know them over tea a few months back. We spent 2 1/2 hours at a little cafe sharing about our lives, their love story, and how excited we all are for their wedding day!
These two met during Amy’s sophomore year at UCLA through a fellowship Amy was attending and Erick was helping out with. Their friendship grew significantly the summer before Amy’s senior year when she worked at a coffee shop near campus. Erick found himself wanting lots of coffee that summer and would make frequent visits to see Amy, and of course get coffee! Because this was such a significant place for them we had hoped to return to that same coffee shop for their engagement session, but was SO bummed to hear that that cafe no longer exists. Still, we were able to get great shots at a new coffee shop to remember that season in their lives.
Amy and Erick’s journey wasn’t always easy; the process required a lot of waiting, prayer, and holding on to God’s promises. I was so encouraged by their strong faith and my heart really connected with these two. What an honor to be able to tell their story through my lens! : )
How cute are they?! Before the coffee shop we visited a garden Amy and Erick picked out. It was just SO perfect for them. I love the meaningful props they brought along, too! Books! Amy and Erick love to read and really connected over Shakespeare. From Amy:
Erick was picking me up from the coffee shop after work and we ended up sitting down in the coffe shop and having a 4 hour conversation about Shakespeare, books,Â life.. etc.! It was that conversation that made us start to think “hmmm.. i think there’s something here!”
And now, off we go to the coffee shop!
And finally, these last few photos were taken at the end of our session. When Amy and Erick shared about a significant moment they had, we KNEW we had to take a picture to remember it! Here is Amy sharing a little about that moment:
The beginning of our journey was filled with learning to wait on the Lord, learning toÂ trust in His promises and rest in His sovereign plan for us. There were so many unknowns! But God was good, so good, and the year of waiting brought us to know Him more. God gave us promises like Psalm 84:11 and verses like Jeremiah 6:16 as He lead us in taking steps of faith toward our future. And oneÂ night, after a heartfelt sharing of how God was leading us, we stood on the sidewalk outside the coffee shop we were sitting in,Â smiled at each other, and decided to symbolically take a leap of faith – off the sidewalk!- and trust God with our future plans together. It was 3 in the morning, there was not a car in sight, and with hearts filled with His peace, we stepped off theÂ curbÂ and placed our plans in our Father’s care.
AndÂ now,Â as we prepare for this new season of our lives together (marriage!) we are realizing that we are learning again how to wait on the Lord, how to trust Him, andÂ how to rest in His plans for us, for they are good- so good!
Amy and Erick, thank you for such a fabulous session! I can’t wait for your wedding in July! : )