Elicia and James met in high school. She described James as a handsome football player, but didn't pay much attention to him until New Year's Eve (senior year) when she fell hard for him. After doing the long distance dating thing in college, they made it official when James proposed at her family's cottage last July.

Their family cottage is a very special place. Elicia's great-grandparents purchased it in 1942 and it's where her grandparents met as teenagers years later. They had a "summer romance" every year until they were old enough to drive to see each other during the year. Her grandpa proposed to her grandma there and it has since been a place Elicia's entire family comes to get away and enjoy each other. Her grandpa passed away in 2010, but his legacy lives on. Elicia and her family spend many weekends here playing cards, swimming, boating, and enjoying family dinners together. 

I love that she wanted to incorporate her family cottage in her engagement photos since it's such a special place for them. This sweet little cottage on the lake has brought summer romances, proposals, and endless family time together. I love that they spend as much free time as they can together here and it was an honor to capture Elicia and James in their favorite place!