When Grace said we would start their engagement session at Jack's house, I was basically expecting to just meet there and then hit the road to the Duck Pond. I mean what bachelor pad is usually gram-worthy? Little did I know that Jack's mom and grandma passed down a green thumb. Beautiful orchids lined the window in the kitchen and jasmine crept up the wall in the perfectly groomed backyard. I loved that we were able to capture images of Grace and Jack at the place they will call home as newlyweds! After an outfit change we headed to the Duck Pond which is also a special place for Grace as it's across the street from her old house! There we made friends with the ducks... well Jack tried, I just scared the poor thing. Grace also got in a few twirls (apparently Jack the Renaissance Man is quite the dancer) before the sun went down. Grace and Jack - thank you SO much for spending your evening frolicking with the ducks and rolling in the grass with me. Y'all are SO much fun and I cannot wait for September!
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!!
When Meghan and I were chatting about planning their engagement session and trying to coordinate when they would be in Atlanta, I thought well you know.... we could do it in your neck of the woods! Meghan and Garrett's neck of the woods happens to be the DC area and I haven't been since before I had braces so I was PUMPED! So we booked a flight and soon it was time to pack our bags and head to Washington! The weather was a little iffy so we called an audible and switched it to sunrise Friday morning. We met at the Jefferson Memorial and explored a little around the Tidal Basin but since we switched our shoot to Friday, Meghan and Garrett had more of a time crunch as they still had to get to work! I will admit this was a total bummer because I could've photographed them around every monument and memorial all day long or just spent the whole day with them! Meghan and Garrett were so much fun and were troopers with the chilly weather! For them, exploring the National Mall was no biggie since they live in the area, but I had to apologize for being giddy as a school girl to be shooting in such an incredible place. Meghan and Garrett - thank you for showing me your home. You two are such genuine people and I had a blast with you both! Can't wait for the big day this October!!
I had the honor of photographing Morgan and Trey's wedding day at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn. I have been looking forward to shooting here after talking about all the amazing plans with Morgan and it did not disappoint. Morgan and Trey live in Texas, but came to Atlanta for their engagement session and had their wedding in the Highlands, North Carolina! These two weren't the only ones well traveled on their wedding day, family and friends came from all over the world to celebrate! If you spend a second with them you know why people traveled far and wide to come to their wedding. It was a day filled with so much joy, gorgeous blooms and a dance party that could have gone until morning!
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!