They had a few classes together while attending Dordt University. But it wasn’t until a weekend trip through the Ag department that their paths crossed outside of class. Their group got snowed in, and they ended up staying up all night with their friends, talking and playing games, and floating the hotel’s indoor lazy river.

After the weekend, Aubriana thought Ivan might be interested, but wasn’t sure if the “Bachelor of the Ag Department” returned her interest. Turns out, her suspicions were true. A few weeks later, Ivan asked Aubriana on their first date. Somewhere between the cheese curds at Culver’s and the tandem bike ride to Sandy Hollow, a relationship blossomed that would change their lives forever.

For the next two years, they dated long-distance between Iowa and South Dakota, traveling back and forth on weekends. But their hearts longed to be near to each other. So after graduation, they decided to head to California, where jobs waited, and they could start building a life. Together.

Ivan + Aubriana are planning to wed this March at her family’s ranch in California, and I am so honored to be a part of their day! Here are a few of my favorites from my engagement session with these two lovebirds!

I met Ivan and Aubriana at one of my favorite ranches in Merced, California for their engagement session, and it was such a GORGEOUS backdrop for their love.
See what I mean?!?
One of my absolute favorites!
The light was so beautiful, and seemed to only add to the love glow they have!
This session was extra special to me since I’ve known Aubriana for years! But what made it even more amazing, was seeing how incredibly happy Ivan makes her.
In staying with tradition of his family, Ivan proposed to Aubriana with a ring pop so that she could pick out the ring she wanted herself. Definitely, definitely worth the wait. How gorgeous is her sparkler?
As a true country boy would, Ivan wanted to take some pictures by the tractors on the property. I wasn’t mad…
Not one bit.
Going to end with these two, taken right at dusk. Already can’t wait for their wedding in March!
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