Sunshine & Snow | {Peoria Engagement Pictures}

I had such a wonderful time yesterday afternoon with Toby and Annie. I met these two this past Summer at Chuck and Megan's wedding. Toby was a groomsman and happened to be wearing a hospital bracelet. I'd noticed it during pictures and they said he was a new father. Then later in the night I was told he wasn't only a new father but his little boy was a premie and at the hospital in the NICU. Little Gunnar's weight was measured in grams as he was less than 2lbs and he was a mere 8 inches long.I had an extra day in town so I offered to go take pictures for this new little family. I was so excited to meet this little guy who has been a fighter from the day he was born! See his pictures here. Just wait until you see how big this little man has gotten! While at the hospital over a couple of bowls of ice cream we got to hear their story about how Gunnar was born and get to know this sweet couple and how they met and fell in love. I walked away that day with two new friends and such gratitude that they allowed us into such a special and delicate part of their lives! They're getting married in May and I can't wait to come back and share with them in that special day. Yesterday afternoon we visited the Botanical Gardens in Peoria for their engagement session. The afternoon was absolutely beautiful and paired with a little bit of snow on the ground and their ability to laugh and smile together, I was in photographer's heaven.

Here's a couple sneak peeks.. I can't wait to share their full session soon!

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