For Stephanie and Chad, June 20th was supposed to be a day filled with anticipation, fancy clothes, sparkly new jewels, dancing and toasting to the start of a new life together as a married couple. COVID had other plans. We decided to make the best of a special date and these two got dolled up for some pictures anyway! They had champagne, we were surrounded by flowers, they danced and looked amazing while doing it so I would say we got as close to a wedding as we could in a pandemic. Stephanie and Chad are such a fun couple and I love that they decided to take their lemons and make lemonade. I cannot wait for next year when we can have the *real* deal. Stephanie and Chad - thank you for letting me be a part of a special day. It truly made my month to see you two and get behind the camera again!!!
Any time that I suggest some liquid encouragement to my couple that's a little nervous about their engagement session and the response is "we have already started", I know we'll get along just fine. Fireball anyone? We started Melody and Andreu's session at their home
in Marietta and it is beautiful! A front porch perfect for rocking and sipping a nightcap is just the start of its charm. We walked around their neighborhood and eventually found our way to Marietta Square and by their first date location! Melody and Andreu's story starts at Home Depot where they work. As Andreu said, "I finally wore her down" and now they've got a wedding to plan! I had so much fun with these two - they laugh easily and didn't mind any of my shenanigans. Melody and Andreu- thank you so much for spending your evening with me! I hope y'all had a fabulous date night after I left and I can't wait for the big day!!!
I've traveled coast to coast for engagement sessions and Charleston is always a favorite! It doesn't hurt when your couple treats you to tacos and margaritas after your shoot! Margaret and Cody have been tearing up dance floors at a lot of my weddings, including Margaret's sister Mary Catherine, but now it's their turn and I could not be more excited for them! Margaret and Cody had done their homework and did a tour-de-Charleston the day before their shoot to pick out a few spots and it paid off! We were able to hit all the highlights of downtown Charleston but also explore some hidden gems. I love that these two don't take themselves too seriously and were up for playing my game I call "ok last one" ...which is fun because it's never the last one. We did finally end the night on the water before heading to Ruru's Taqueria and celebrating a successful shoot! Margaret and Cody - thank you both for opening up your schedules for some Tuesday night fun and showing me your favorite parts of your new city! Can't wait for June!!
I have known Kenzie for a long time and she is actually the third Hanson sister to get in front of my camera! However it was my first time meeting Alex at their engagement session. When I imagined the person Kenzie would choose to spend her life with, I imagined someone tall (I think it's a requirement for all Hanson sisters actually) and someone who could make her laugh. I mean open mouth, hand on stomach, eyes crinkled shut LAUGH. I'd say I nailed it. To see these two together, you can just tell there is a level of comfort and easiness with each other. Neither of them take themselves too seriously and they're obviously smitten with each other. A great recipe for success, right? Before their session, I scouted out a few locations along my walk (HOORAY for sessions walking distance from my house!) and I'm so glad I did. We had the perfect backdrops of spring blooms for their session. Since they're getting married at the Rooftop at Ponce City Market, they wanted a more natural backdrop for their engagement pictures so this area was perfect! The only thing missing was their dog Mabel... but she needs adult supervision, ha!
We have had WEEKS of rain but Leslie and Chuck must be good luck because we had a GORGEOUS evening to stroll the Beltline together for their engagement session. However, that also meant that everyone and their cousin was whizzing up and down on their scooters, bikes, and rollerblades which made it fun to try and walk backwards while photographing them walking! Thankfully Leslie and Chuck were kind enough to not let me get run over by other Beltline-strollers. Since mural-hopping on the Beltline takes a bit of time on foot (we were tempted to rent bikes or scooters), it did give us a chance to get to know each other which is a huge part of the engagement session for me! I learned that Leslie is a crazy talented illustrator and while her work requires her to illustrate less than glamorous things, she is using her talents for their wedding and I can't wait to see what she creates! I also got some restaurant tips from my new favorite foodie Chuck. They both have different interests but that's what makes them click I think, they just seem to inspire each other to enjoy life's adventures. We ended our night at Piedmont Park where they busted out their favorite team (Atlanta United of course) gear and watched the sun go down. Leslie and Chuck - thank you so much for fighting the traffic to have your engagement session! I cannot WAIT for May!