Working in the wedding industry, I LOOOOVED hair and makeup artist Andrea Juarez from afar! Her work is STUNNING, and I was beyond excited when I got to meet her and chat at Vista West Ranch. We went to lunch, and I was blown away by her passion for hard work. This girl is a confident, smart, and dedicated to pushing herself. She also chatted about what she would want for her own wedding (obvs, since we work in the wedding industry!), and she glowed with happiness when the topic came up. Shortly after, I learned that her fiancé tragically passed away when his van was struck while on tour. Coincidentally, my amazing sitter, Ashton, was very close with Chris’s bandmate, Mitchell, and the tears flowed when Ashton and I chatted about what happened.
Andrea reached out because they were holding a silent auction to help fund the release of Chris’s latest album, so I donated an engagement session. Mike and Lizzy were the winners of the session! I asked them if they knew Chris, and Mike said they did not. Mike is super passionate about music, and truly enjoys the Austin music scene (which he now misses living in Shreveport). They were so sad to hear what happened, and really wanted to help. They also needed engagement photos, so this was the perfect way to support Chris’s album and honor his legacy.
Mike and Lizzy have hearts of gold, and I was so excited to meet them and capture their session. They used to live in Austin, but currently live in Shreveport. They came back for teacher Lizzy’s spring break to see friends and take the photos!
While Mike and Lizzy met on Tinder, they realized that their moms were actually friends and used to work together! Both moms agree that if they had tried to set up Mike and Lizzy themselves, it never would have worked. So, thank you, Tinder! Ha!
Mike and Lizzy, I am so happy for y’all! Y’all are total sweethearts. I’m so happy you found each other and that I got to capture your engagement session. I also know how much Andrea and Chris’s friends and family appreciate your donation. <3