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Makenna & Brandon: Valentine’s Photoshoot Winners

When I asked couples to write in & tell me their love story I had no idea I would receive so many AMAZING entires! Makenna & Brandon’s story is one of great sadness & joy. I sobbed over my keyboard as I read it. They are a testament to the way God crosses paths & the unique way He makes all things work together for His glory.

Makenna & Brandon, you two are A-dorable! Thanks for being so comfortable with me from the beginning, your love & excitement about one another is evident and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to capture it.

Their love story, in Makenna’s words.

In 2008 I met a guy on Facebook, I had seen him before at school but we had never been introduced, he messaged me wanting to take me on a date. I agreed and we soon found ourselves spending almost every night doing something fun and crazy, and we had a lot of things planned. He was very spontaneous, I wasn’t, but I was having the time of my life. Then all of the sudden he started not wanting to do anything, of course my mind kept thinking he just didn’t want to see me but then he called me to see if he could come over. He had gone to the doctor and had to have and MRI, most likely he had cancer. I saw him that night and he looked so sick, I worried for the next few days! How had I not realized this was happening? Then came the text from my best friend and eventhough I should have I didn’t expect it. I opened it and started to read that they had found cancer in his liver, his lungs, his spine, and all throughout his bones. Immediately I just broke down. I spent the next three months in the hospital with him.. and as we worried his entire family became my family. I often read letters from his older brother to their mom, he had opted to stay out on his mission rather than come home because that’s what his little brother wanted. November 18, 2008, just three months after being diagnosed Lorin passed away. It was the the hardest thing I had ever gone through. I remember randomly just breaking out in full on tears for the next few months until January that is! I spent a lot of time with his parents and in January I was invited to come over and join them in welcoming Brandon, Lorin’s older brother, home. It was a very awkward night, he didn’t know me at all so I felt very out of place and went home thinking “Why did I even go?!?!?”, He didn’t even say anything to me.The next day I got a text from that older brother, he apoligized for not saying anything. He said he felt bad and asked his parents who I was and then searched through their phones to get my number. Needless to say we started dating less than a week from when he got home and grieved the loss of his brother together. Through that hard process and those next several months we fell in love. We now have our baby boy, Tate LORIN who is just our everything! We can’t imagine life without him!

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