Lititz is my small hometown! It is as idyllic as you can imagine. It is a storybook small town with German influence and New England colonial architecture. (Maybe I should do a blog post featuring my favorite hometown?). It’s where I grew up, made some of my most cherished memories and met some of my dearest friends. One of those dearest friends is my down the street, childhood BFF, Lauren! I think we were about 5 years old when our special friendship first began. We did everything together: sleepovers, played dress up, built old sheet teepee tents out in the backyard, was each other’s sidekick on a few family vacations, all of it. When I think of my childhood and growing up, Lauren will always be a part of those chapters and I am so thankful she was. :)
As most friendships do, ours went through a season where we went our own ways — explored college and made our way through this whole thing called being an “adult”. We always kept in touch here and there, but had our own busy lives! You know how it goes. About a year ago, we really reconnected and it’s been so much fun! Lauren is a world traveler so she’s been giving me all the tips for my upcoming trips! She’s also inspired me to become more dedicated to running. This girl is a beast and has competed in so many marathons. One day, I’d like to compete in my own.
I was SO excited when Lauren asked me to shoot her and Kyle’s engagement session! I was even more excited when they decided last minute to do their session in our sweet Lititz. Lititz has one of the oldest running 4th of July celebrations, setting the bar pretty high — there really isn’t a 4th celebration like it! I’m talking about full-blown hometown parade on the 3rd with a full day of festivities in the town park on the 4th completed with a fantastic firework, laser light show! Kyle and Lauren are getting married next year right after the 4th of July, so it only seemed appropriate to incorporate Lititz and the 4th of July celebrations into their session!
Lauren and Kyle are both school teachers and they are so passionate about it! Together they have a few fur-babies and are renovating a house they just bought together!
I am so excited that I get the honor of celebrating with them next July in MEXCIO!