Sometimes timing is just right... like when we picked THE perfect weekend for peak foliage for Sarah and Ian's engagement session. And then sometimes timing doesn't exactly work out... like when the cork prematurely pops out of the champagne bottle you planned on sabering with a custom saber. Best intentions, right? Thankfully champagne tastes just as delicious no matter how you open it and we also able to have a little fun with it! I loved exploring the park with Sarah and Ian and hearing all about their magical proposal in Paris (which is where they learned to saber a bottle of champagne!). I first met Sarah when I worked at Georgia Tech and it feels a bit like the past and present worlds colliding! It's so amazing to see what all she has accomplished and I'm so thrilled to able to be a part of this special time in this new chapter! Sarah and Ian - thank you for letting me schlepp you all over the park and an EXTRA thank you for the thoughtful gift! Can't wait for next year!
I have lived in Atlanta for almost a decade and somehow this was my FIRST TIME exploring the High Museum of Art! I'm so glad I got to have Britt and Forrest as my guides. I love when couples incorporate a setting that is comfortable and meaningful to them and the High Museum is a place Britt and Forrest enjoy together often. They showed me their favorite exhibits and paintings... and dodged a few security guards that didn't believe we had received permission to photograph inside the museum! This was actually our second attempt at their engagement session as the first try was rained out so we thought we were in the clear to shoot some inside the museum and then some outdoors. The joke was on us that when we decided we had captured everything we wanted to capture inside and head outside, it started it rain. Thankfully Britt and Forrest were troopers and just went with it. I knew I loved these two before we ever met in person, but with their relaxed nature and sense of humor it's like they were meant to be my couple! I am so excited for their big day in the spring but even more excited to have two new friends.
I love any excuse for a trip and when Colleen mentioned that Kaleb proposed on Tybee Island I immediately thought about doing their engagement session there! They both live in Valdosta but are getting married in Roswell so it was a great meeting point that was actually meaningful. We started in historic downtown Savannah at Forsyth Park. I had to set a timer so I wouldn't get carried away in all the beautiful nooks and crannies of the park since we had to make the drive to Tybee for the second half of their session! Colleen's parents have a condo right along the beach so it was the perfect place to make a quick outfit change... and get fresh drinks! Despite being a windy evening (duh, it's the beach), the weather couldn't have been more perfect for Colleen and Kaleb! ...and so was the people watching. We actually witnessed a wedding on the Pavilion and likely photobombed multiple "shoots" happening on the beach. I loved how these two were nervous about being in front of the camera at first but then just found the comfort in loving on each other during the shoot! Colleen and Kaleb - thank you for making the trip for your engagement session! I had so much fun with y'all and can't wait until next year!
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!!