What Do a Soldier, Dog Tag & Cowboys Have in Common?

He was serving in Iraq for twelve months, while she anxiously waited for his safe return.

They originally met by chance one night at a country bar in Colorado Springs, Colorado called Cowboys. That first encounter happened just shortly before he was due to ship out, but there was magic in the air that night. For one year, Annabelle wore Cory’s dog tags around her neck – a daily reminder of him – and counted down the days to his homecoming.

After his twelve months of duty were up, Cory returned home to Annabelle. They decided to celebrate with a trip to her hometown of Chicago where they visited each of the city’s major tourist attractions, including the old Sears Tower. When they arrived to the top of the sky-tower, Cory dropped to one knee and proposed to the woman he couldn’t wait to come home to.

We returned to Colorado Springs, the fateful city where they first met, to photograph their engagement pictures. The day began with a bit of rain, but no amount of inclement weather could stop this wonderful couple. We made a special trip to the Garden of the Gods and then the Broadmoor hotel, and with the help from my good friend Nicole Kulinski who assisted me on their shoot, we got a ton of great images.

Annabelle & Cory, you guys were awesome. You made this engagement session so easy – right for the start, you guys were full of energy, love and passion for each other. I think being apart for an entire year definitely helped bring that out! One advice I give to couples during an engagement session is to not to think of the time we spend as a photo shoot session. Rather, think of it as a time of celebration of your love and commitment to one another. I want them to think about all the good things that they love about each other and display that affectionately. These guys did that right from the start and it shows in their images. 

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Broadmoor Hotel Engagement Session of Annabelle & Cory

Cory & Annabelle – I couldn’t be happier for the two of you! Looking forward to your wedding in Chicago in September!

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7 Responses to “What Do a Soldier, Dog Tag & Cowboys Have in Common?”

  1. Krissy says:

    love it kenny! they are adorable!

  2. Natalie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! Such a cute couple too!

  3. Sabrina says:

    Oooo…. Kenny, I love the ones in the rain! What a fabulous story and couple. Nicely done!

  4. Sharon Snow says:

    Ooohhh! I REALLY love this post, it’s just dreamy. The light, the rain, cute couple, natural setting and that KK special touch just all wrapped into one awesome session. GORGEOUS images and a beautiful story to match.

  5. Kelsey says:

    I love this! I’m looking up engagement sessions in The Garden of the Gods because my fiance and I are going to have ours done there today. I was reading the story of this couple and it touched my heart…. because…. we also met at Cowboys and he also deployed very shortly afterwards! What a beautiful couple this is!!!!

  6. kennykim says:

    Have fun Kelsey! What a small world. Please share when you are done!

  7. Andrea says:

    Cute photos…you captured some great emotions!

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