Mar 21, 2017

Kyle and Laura Mae – Ben Lilly Cliffs Engagement Session

In February I got an email from Laura Mae. She was in love!! No proposal had happened yet, but it was on the horizon and she wanted to get the party started! I was totally on board! It is so fun to get to be one of the ones that know in advance that a proposal and engagement is coming up!

In the weeks that followed we got to planning and looking at locations, clothing ideas, and dates. Every email I opened started with, “Well, it hasn’t happened yet, but I know it’s coming!” She was so excited! And come to find out she was also so terrified that something had happened to the ring as it was being shipped over (thanks to a carefully planted idea from Kyle, bahaha)!

Kyle and Laura Mae met the very first day of college in their very first class when their English teacher had them meet the person in front of them and behind them. Laura Mae excitedly told her roommates later that day about the cute guy she’d met in class. Fast forward to that next Sunday in church when Laura Mae looked up and saw Kyle there too! It was meant to be! As they told me their story last night it was amazing to hear how it all came together for them. Kyle wasn’t accepted to the Universities he wanted to get into out of High School, even though his academics and involvement was amazing. On a whim he applied to NMSU (on the last day possible), and got in! God needed him to go there to meet Laura Mae! Later in their friendship, Laura Mae was applying to dance companies and shows, but wasn’t accepted to any despite her talent and resume. They now laugh that God had to keep her schedule clear otherwise they wouldn’t have had time to spend together and fall in love.

Now they are working on a list of movies to catch Kyle up after missing two years worth of Hollywood hits while he served a two-year church mission. Through strategic seating arrangements when they got together with their roommates to watch movies, their romance took off and the two of them are now so cute and so in love.

I LOVED getting to meet Kyle and to go with the two of them up to the Ben Lilly Cliffs north of Silver City. I’ve been eyeing that spot since this past August (we nearly did our family pictures there until the idea of the playas came in), and was beyond excited to get a chance to take a couple out there. The weather was gorgeous and Kyle and Laura Mae were so snuggly, happy, excited, and fun to work with. I loved every single minute with them and can’t wait for their June wedding!!

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  1. Alicia

    March 21st, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Love the engagement pictures of my littlest sister, Laura Mae, and Kyle! They turned out great!

  2. Shanna Niemann

    March 21st, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    This is my seeester! We are sooooo happy for her! Love the pics your work is amazing!

  3. Kendra Klingler

    March 21st, 2017 at 7:02 pm


  4. Rachel

    March 21st, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Beautiful pics! They are so much in love and you have captured that in every picture. Also love the ring on the cactus!

  5. Taylor Williams

    March 21st, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Oh Kyle! I’m so happy you found the one. These pictures are breath taking. ❤

  6. Loyd Dille

    March 21st, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    My baby girl did it! The picture are great. Jillyn says there is a lot of kissing. You did a great job.

  7. Ashley Klingler

    March 21st, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Beautiful location, beautiful couple.

  8. Larry "Dad" Klingler

    March 21st, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    This was a great location. Just perfect for Kyle and Laura Mae. Photos are fun and creative. Thanks for sharing. I am glad our son Kyle chose well. And really glad Laura Mae said yes. I think they will be very happy together.

  9. Janessa

    March 21st, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Looooove this couple!!!

  10. Paige Williams

    March 21st, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    These pictures are so gorgeous! What a fun beautiful location. I’ve known Laura Mae her whole life and love her so much! I’m so excited for her and Kyle. She’s going to make such a beautiful bride!

  11. Marquette LaRee

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    She really is so full of life, isn’t she?!

  12. Elder Love

    March 21st, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Way to go Bro!

    Please don’t email me promos

  13. Kaleb Otteson

    March 21st, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    You were only 4 when I joined the family. Many years have passed and now you are getting married. Congrats to you both!

  14. Stephanie

    March 21st, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    These are great pictures that really show how much they love each other. Amazing background as well.

  15. Alesia Camacho

    March 21st, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    This makes me so happy! You deserve all the love in the world Laura Mae! ❤

  16. Angie Klingler

    March 21st, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    What a wonderful day to take photos!!!! They turned out GREAT!!!!!! You both radiate happiness!!!

  17. Nikki A

    March 21st, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    What a good looking couple! Some awesome pictures.

  18. Josiah

    March 22nd, 2017 at 5:34 am

    So beautiful! That view is gorgeous, too!

  19. Marquette LaRee

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you! I love the NM scenery, always so perfect for a photo shoot!

  20. Melissa Newell

    March 22nd, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Awww! Love the pics! Congrats you two!

  21. Jillyn Dille

    March 22nd, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I love all these cute pictures of cute kids together. A lot of kissing going on and this girl who loves her personal space doesn’t seem to mind.

  22. Marquette LaRee

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you! It’s funny what getting engaged does to the personal space bubble. 😉

  23. Cori S.

    March 22nd, 2017 at 8:26 am

    What a cute couple!!

  24. Hannah Morrison

    March 22nd, 2017 at 8:36 am

    So precious!!! These pictures are gorgeous 😍

  25. Holly

    March 22nd, 2017 at 8:54 am

    These are stunning! What a sweet couple and beautiful scenery!

  26. Marquette LaRee

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you so much! I love the NM mountains!

  27. Karen Shoufler

    March 22nd, 2017 at 8:57 am

    These are gorgeous!! I love the location and they are super cute together.

  28. Marquette LaRee

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you! Somehow in our five years of living in Silver City, we never went to this spot! It was nice to go back and “rediscover” it!

  29. Rebecca

    March 22nd, 2017 at 9:01 am

    So lovely. ❤

  30. Amy

    March 22nd, 2017 at 9:15 am

    You guys are perfect for each other! Congratulations

  31. Kayla Barrow

    March 22nd, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Congrats, you guys! I love the pictures! Such a gorgeous location! You guys look adorbs! 😊

  32. Hunter

    March 22nd, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Very cute

  33. Felix

    March 22nd, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Such a cute couple! Best of luck!

  34. Trisha

    March 22nd, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!! Marquette, you killed it at Ben Lilly! And Laura Mae, you are so stunning!!

  35. Marquette LaRee

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you so much Trisha! It really is an amazing spot! I’m glad we both get to shoot there, it’s super fun!

  36. Alicia Jake

    March 22nd, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    They look fantastic!

  37. Jessica Peterson

    March 22nd, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    So beautiful!! I love Laura’s ring! So unique!! Congratulations Kyle and Laura on your engagement!

  38. Marquette LaRee

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Didn’t Kyle do a great job on her ring?! I love it!

  39. Laura Mae

    March 22nd, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you so much Marquette!! These Pictures’s are gorgeous!! We had such a fun time working with you!!

  40. Marquette LaRee

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I loved working with you guys! Thank you so much for inviting me into this time in your life. I am SO EXCITED for the wedding!

  41. Emily Zollinger

    March 22nd, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    These are the cutest things I’ve seen in my entire life!!

  42. Kyle Klingler

    March 22nd, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    It was so much fun to see a new side of Silver City, and to be there with my Fiance and getting some incredible pictures! It was a great day!!!

  43. Marquette LaRee

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you so much for coming up and being such an amazing sport with pictures! You two are so fun together and it made magic happen for the pictures, and I know that’ll continue in your marriage!

  44. Stefani

    March 22nd, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    These locations are to die for and this couple is adorable!! Beautiful shoot!

  45. Marquette LaRee

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you! I LOVE the New Mexico landscapes! It was nice to be back in the state!

  46. Todd Klingler

    March 22nd, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I am happy for both of you!!! 😀😆😃 you look great together.

  47. Natalie Crookston

    March 22nd, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Great pictures! I love the location, variety of shots and the couple.

  48. Scott k

    March 22nd, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    So cute.

  49. Colleen Hammon

    March 22nd, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    What an amazing photo shoot for Kyle and Laura Mae! They are so perfect together ! The photos capture their love and happiness so well. Thank you for’s doing such an amazing job on their engagement pictures. what a keepsake for them and all their loved ones. Thank you very much!

  50. Marquette LaRee

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you so much for your sweet words!! They were so much fun to work with. They have such a sweet love!

  51. sariah

    March 22nd, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    congratulations, you look very pretty❣️

  52. Kathryn Gonzales

    March 22nd, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Gorgeous pictures!! You can feel the love radiating with each moment captured. I wish you both the best in all your new adventures.

  53. Rebekah

    March 22nd, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Congratulations! Such a cute couple.

  54. Natalie Morales

    March 22nd, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    So happy that you finally get to be with your true one and only 🙂

  55. Cinnamon Wolfe

    March 23rd, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    oh my goodness! her skirt! this location! the ring!! love all of it!!

  56. Marquette LaRee

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Thank you!! I’m so tickled with how this all came together!!

  57. Shelly Carter

    March 23rd, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! So happy for you!! You both look so happy ❤

  58. Liz

    March 23rd, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Simply Gorgeous!

  59. Marquette LaRee

    March 23rd, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you! It all came together so beautifully!

  60. Tricia Allred

    March 24th, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I love these!!!!! The colors and setting are perfect! These two people are gorgeous!

  61. Vanessa Jansen

    March 24th, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Oh my goodness! These are a
    fairytale!!! Gorgeous work and
    a gorgeous couple!

  62. Kristen Ostler

    March 24th, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Congratulations Laura Mae! You look so happy and beautiful!

  63. Mindy

    March 24th, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    What a beautiful location, looks like they are having so much fun. That ring shot is killer!

  64. Joan Campbell

    March 24th, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Gorgeous pictures. How will they decide which ones to use?

  65. Nathan Niemann

    March 24th, 2017 at 9:05 pm


  66. Gwynne Cox

    March 25th, 2017 at 7:21 am

    The pictures are amazing and Laura Mae and Kyle are the cutest couple. Especially love the casual ones, so much life. Congrats!

  67. Andreana Vara

    March 25th, 2017 at 8:09 am

    I’m so happy for the two of you! You both deserve the world. Congratulations!! These photos came out beautifully!

  68. Robin Korody

    March 25th, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Such a beautiful couple. Great pictures!

  69. Rebekah Niemann

    March 25th, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Very beautiful!

  70. Maxwell

    March 25th, 2017 at 9:12 am

    You guys are so cute! Congrats!

  71. Paloma Villalobos

    March 25th, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Aw, these came out so great! You make a very sweet couple! Congratulations!

  72. Rhonda Billlings

    March 25th, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Gorgeous pictures!

  73. Jensen Otteson

    March 25th, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Beautiful pictures!!

  74. Joanna

    March 26th, 2017 at 11:57 am

    What a stunning location!

  75. Jenae O'Rielley

    March 26th, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple! Well done!

  76. Misty

    March 26th, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I love this location!! And their outfits are too cute!!

  77. Lance

    March 26th, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    The pics are AWSOME !!

  78. 5756281700

    March 27th, 2017 at 7:07 am

    You are such a cute couple. These pictures were beautiful!

  79. Janill

    March 31st, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    So awesome! I’m so happy for you both!