Lizzi + Cortez, Manhattan KS Engagement


What can I say about these two. Social media land connected Lizzi and I, as she now works in the same office I worked at when I was on staff with Kansas State University. While we didn’t know each other there, it was so fun to receive an email from her this summer after Cortez surprised her on their old high school football field with a proposal! Yep, these two are high school sweethearts (just like J and I!) and have managed to grow up, handle long distance during college and now working/wedding planning life! 

This summer our SKYPE consultation felt like hanging out with old friends. We laughed about awkward high school pictures, they met K (who says their relationship is “goals”- ha!), and I had J hop on the call when I found out that Cortez is a Pokemon Go master (seriously, if only we could be as good as him!). They are just those kind of people that you want to spend time with! So, you can imagine how much fun we had during their engagement session in Manhattan when I was back in Kansas last week. 

They started with their Junction City High School letterman jackets (I can’t) and then changed while we ventured from Annenberg Park  to Poyntz Avenue. Lizzi’s sweet momma came along, Cortez endured the outfits Lizzi had picked for him, and it was just the best. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention Lizzi’s ring! I’ve never had a bride wear a 5 generation diamond but that’s how old Lizzi’s is! And the neatest part? Every woman in the family has had it removed from their band to give to the next couple when the time comes. So, her mom is currently wearing a glass diamond in her setting because she had it pulled this summer for Cortez to make Lizzi’s ring! So amazing! 

Lizzi & Cortez, 
I seriously love ya’ll. Thank you so much for including me in your story, for the joy you spread to others, and for taking love seriously! You are an inspiration for kids like K (and that says a lot!) and are just plain trendy. All the things. Can’t wait for April! 



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


for small business, life & photography tips, foodie adventures & portrait specials! we'll chat twice a month-- wine and dessert recommended! xo, L