Olivia + Cody | Snowy Junkyard Engagement

January 5th,  2017 | Burlington, Iowa

Olivia and Cody are my kind of people. Since meeting them in the fall and consulting about their wedding I knew we were going to make something really special together. They were initially hoping for a colorful fall engagement session but since they are getting married in the height of fall this coming year, I encouraged them to think about a different season, setting and mood than they'll have for their actual wedding day--nobody likes photos that all look the same! I'm so happy and grateful to say that these two totally trusted me and decided to wait for a snowy engagement. After waiting a few months (come on, Iowa!) a positively freezing Sunday came along with a bit of snow and the three of us just seized the moment, not knowing if we'd get another. Olivia had told me that for years she'd dreamed of having her engagement session take place at a local car scrapyard in "abandoned school buses". I had no idea what to expect when they took me to the location but not even the freezing cold snow and wind could dampen my excitement once I saw these awesome, long forgotten monoliths. The grungy and forgotten vibe this place exuded isn't easy to replicate in charming Burlington! After exploring the junkyard and freezing my fingers off (#worthit), we wrapped it up with a bit of sun and a snowball fight at Starr's Cave (pretty sure you'll agree with me that Olivia won).

Cody and Olivia are so sweet together and constantly make each other laugh which made shooting them a breeze. I'm so glad that this couple trusted me in such trying weather conditions but I'm even more stoked to shoot their wedding this fall. Take a look, give them some love and if you're wondering if that weird place you've been thinking about doing your engagement is just plain crazy, let me just tell you: GO FOR IT. Be different. Be you. Just go for it. It's worth it every time.

XO,

Melissa