When one of my couples asks if I would be ok traveling to Charleston for their engagement session, it takes less than a second for me to respond YES!!! I absolutely love this beautiful, southern town and all its charm and capturing a sweet couple there is icing on the cake! Arista and Jeff were traveling there for a wedding and thought it could be the perfect backdrop to their engagement pictures and I'd say they were spot on. The only thing missing was their cute pup, Murphy! We met at the White Point Gardens which was soon overrun by school children, but while we walked under the oak trees dodging kids, a sweet little girl stopped Arista to tell her how pretty she was! It was so precious and this little girl was absolutely right! These two were dressed to fit the part of a beautiful southern couple in the Holy City and I loved exploring the many picturesque nooks and crannies of the downtown areas. Arista and Jeff are so comfortable with each other and they made my job so easy! Since we used this trip as an excuse for a workcation/babymoon, Morgan tagged along as my pack mule/car lookout. We all had so much fun I was sad they had to leave for wedding festivities! Thankfully they live nearby and puppy play dates are in our future. Arista and Jeff - thank you so much for giving me a wonderful reason to visit one of my favorite places. You guys are the best!!
Being a part of a proposal is like keeping the best secret ever and getting to capture the surprise is the cherry on top. It was important to Hunter to have this proposal happen on their 5 year dating anniversary... what a way to celebrate, right?! However, it meant juggling lots of logistics since it would mean coordinating work schedules and beating the clock on sunset as it was a Friday. We chatted back and forth about the best way to make this night one they would remember forever. When the day came, Hunter was so excited and a bundle of nerves as he just wanted to make it all perfect. We met up at Ray's on the River to plot it out and Hunter left to pick up Brittney... leaving me to sit and stew about how I could blend in and not draw attention to myself! Thankfully when I saw them heading my way, Brittney stopped to take a picture of the sunset over the river and I realized she was definitely not going to pay any attention to me... especially if I was "on the phone" when they walked by. My heart was racing as I saw Hunter reaching into his jacket pocket for the ring and my cheeks hurt from smiling as Brittney's reaction was just so perfect. After the realization set in that she was getting married, Hunter pointed me out - I had successfully remained camouflaged and unseen! We then took a few additional portraits before the sun went down and they got to toast their big news over dinner and later with their families. I absolutely adore these two and am so thankful I was able to be a part of this special moment for Hunter and Brittney!!
These two flew in from Texas just for their engagement session at Ponce City Market this weekend and while the weather wasn't exactly ideal Margaret and Mark were total troopers... while I was bundled up like it was snowing. This was my first time meeting Mark but he was everything Margaret described and when I heard their proposal story, he became even more of a keeper!! Quite possibly the most thoughtful proposal ever - from reliving the first date to coordinating friends from near and far - it was perfect! It's so obvious Margaret and Mark are absolutely smitten with each other and I love that they are viewing this time before the wedding to not only plan for the big day but also for their marriage. So many couples lose sight of this in the excitement of the engagement season! Margaret and Mark (also I really want to just call you guys M&Ms), thank you so much for traveling for your shoot and braving the cold! You two are truly wonderful together and I can't wait for your wedding later this year!!
We traveled all the way to the promised land ...of bourbon... for Alyssa and Josh's engagement session and I am so glad we did! Cherokee Park in Louisville, Kentucky was like Central Park on steroids (minus the lost tourists). These two are getting married in Atlanta, they live in Las Vegas, but their love story first began in Louisville and they frequented this park when they lived there. It seemed only fitting to capture their engagement session in that very spot! Alyssa and Josh are both engineers, but not in the stereotypical way you might image. They are so fun and easy going... but they took direction like pros and didn't even skip a beat when I had them jumping across rocks in the middle of the river that would have surely been a chilly swim with any misstep. I was just thankful for a trip to visit family in Kentucky I don't get to see often, but it was the cherry on top to spend the afternoon with these two! ...Actually the extra cherry on top was the bottle of Woodford Reserve Alyssa and Josh gifted me! Did I mention I love these two?! Alyssa and Josh - thank you so much for traveling all the way to Kentucky for your engagement session! I hope y'all love these as much as I do!!
When I first met Carolyn and Greg, it was over a (few) bourbon old fashioned(s) and we talked for about 2.5 hours. I instantly knew I would love these two and couldn't wait for their engagement session! We planned the date and location and *shocker*, we started at a bar. Thankfully it was a beautiful bar in Ponce City Market - the Mercury! They have amazing cocktails and unique atmosphere. After they got loosened up for the shoot, which was totally unnecessary for these two, we headed to Piedmont Park where Carolyn and Greg had their first date rollerblading through the park! I still wish they would have brought their skates but I'd say the vibrance of the fall foliage made up for it! Carolyn and Greg are absolutely two peas in a pod and light up any room they walk into. You can't help but laugh and smile when you're around them because not only are they hysterical, they are just good people! I cannot WAIT for their big day next year!
Carolyn and Greg - thank you for taking time from your family over the holidays to capture these images! I hope you love them as much as I do!!