Bailey + Blake | Casual + Fun Engagement Portraits | Manhattan, KS

Are you a T-shirt and jeans, chill out on the couch and Netflix binge kind of couple?  Then you’re gonna love hanging with Bailey and Blake for their Casual + Fun Engagement Portraits in Manhattan, KS.  To be honest, we can never really get enough of this beautiful Kansas prairie it all of it’s golden glory.  And Bailey and Blake are some of the sweetest people you’d ever want to meet, you just instantly want to hug them. (I mean, this is not a stretch if you’ve met me but, seriously these two are so lovable!) We are beyond excited to photograph their wedding this May.  Thanks for a perfect evening guys!! xx  Mel + Rick

The Beginning…

We first met in Seneca, KS (our hometown) right after our high school graduation. We met through a mutual friend, who had invited us to write thank you notes from our graduation parties. I didn’t know Blake personally, but I had heard his name before. the best part of the night was when Blake wrote “thank you for the money, it will help me buy more money” for a thank you note. We should really let Blake explain… ” I was definitely flustered by the stunning girl my friend had invited over and got so distracted that I wrote that on one of my notes. It was at that point that I knew this girl was special. “

 

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The Proposal…

Blake proposed on September 2 in Manhattan. He had previously told me that his mom wanted Nikki (his sister) to take senior pictures of him. Blake said she wanted to make a scrapbook for his graduation present. He told me when it was happening and said he wanted me to be in the pictures. I thought it was all a little suspicious. (Why would blake want a scrapbook of himself for a graduation gift?!) But I played along.  He wanted to go up to Manhattan hill, but I was stubborn and didn’t want go. (It was hot, not that awesome of a view, and you gotta walk a ways, ya know?) We ended up at overlook point and in the midst of taking pictures, Blake got down on one knee and asked to marry me! 

Blake shares, “I wanted a picture of the moment of our engagement, so that was my cover.  Since I couldn’t quite convince Bailey to climb a hill with me just for the picture, we improvised and did it at a spot overlooking Tuttle Creek.”  We’ll buy that cover, Blake.  A guy’s gotta have a story right?!

 

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What I Love…

I love how thoughtful Bailey is. She is always thinking of others and how she can make them happy, or feel loved. She has a way of making people know she cares for them. That I will never be able to match. 

Blake is the most patient, level-headed person I know. He doesn’t get swept up in his circumstances and can stay grounded even in our arguments. He listens well and is patient enough to hear out my 30 minute rants, all just to make one point.

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Bailey’s gorgeous engagement ring is from Nebraska Diamond .

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