Recently I found myself at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, camera in hand. I was there to meet Kelly and Drew for their engagement session (it’s where Drew proposed). It’s always exciting to shoot in a new and different location, especially one that’s meaningful to my clients. But the thing that struck me most was not the modern architecture or the towering globe sculpture…it was the fact that the bride-to-be biked there in a gorgeous silk skirt and heels! Now that’s impressive!
Kelly and Drew met in dental school, and have been together for a little more than three years. Kelly says she had no idea Drew was going to propose…and when he did, it was with a beautiful yellow-gold engagement ring that he designed himself! I love gold engagement rings. I don’t see them very often, and the one Drew created was so unique with an elegant, timeless feel to it. Five minutes into our session, I could tell these two would be a breeze to photograph. They are so comfortable with one another, just talking and laughing…it’s kind of like they share their own special language. 🙂 And Kelly has a great sense of style! I absolutely loved her outfits!
The second part of our session included the couple’s pups, Finley and Penny! Finley is a handsome Golden Retriever (you know that’s my breed!) and belonged to Drew before they met. Kelly came into the relationship with Penny the Cockapoo. The pups get along very well, but guess who’s the boss between them? Penny! Ha! I am honored that I’ll be photographing the upcoming wedding and I look forward to working with A Southern Soiree again! What a treat! Enjoy this selection from our session…it was not easy to pick my favorites!
Downtown Raleigh Engagement Photos
What a pleasure it was to spend a recent afternoon with Libby and Will for their engagement session. These two are kindness personified and so lovingly supportive of one another. Watching them together, I got the sense of a beautiful future unfolding for them. They share so much…their faith, their values, their love of family (and mutual desire for a family of their own). And they’ve already started on that journey with their one year old Brittany Spaniel called Penny (aka ‘Penny, the girl’! So sweet!).
Will proposed on their year-and-a-half anniversary. He recreated their very first date, taking Libby to dinner at the same restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg, where they sat at the very same table! Afterwards, they strolled down Duke of Gloucester street just as they had 18 months before. But this time Will was very quiet…so quiet that Libby thought he might be upset about something! (She couldn’t have been more wrong!) Finally, she suggested Will take her home, and he obligingly turned around. But they didn’t get far before he overcame his nerves and told her loved her…then got down on one knee in front of Governor’s Palace and popped the question! Suddenly, it all made sense…and there was a beautiful emerald ring on Libby’s finger to boot!
Photographing them was a joy…they are adorable together, very giggly and sweet. Penny’s photogenic side came out in all its glory, too! We had a great time strolling through Waller Mill Park and downtown Williamsburg together. Special thanks to Will’s mom Margaret, who came to the session to help take care of Penny. I wish this growing family all the best and am so happy for them! I can’t wait for their wedding in July!
Williamsburg Engagement Photos
Engagement sessions are always wonderful and fun, getting to know a couple in that excited time when they’re planning and thinking ahead to their big day. But sometimes I meet a bride with whom I have more in common than usual, Amy loves pup Lance (who was Rob’s dog before he met Amy) and her cat Miso so much, she’s sweet and genuine and she’s on her way to becoming a military wife when she marries Rob.
I learned a lot about these two as I strolled with them in the perfect morning light of Virginia Beach. First, they both rocked the session! And they brought their lab mix Lance, who was such a calm and good boy. Probably the most dignified lab I have ever met! Maybe that has something to with his parents’ inner strength. Amy and Rob met online and had only two dates before Rob was deployed for seven months. Even though their relationship was new, they both worked through the difficulties of separation, staying in touch regularly and supporting one another. Rob flew Amy out to Dubai to celebrate her birthday with him while he was in port. I know how much even a short amount of time together can mean during a long deployment…and that trip confirmed their feelings. When Rob found out he’d be away an extra month, they took it in stride. And they’ve been dating ever since.
Rob proposed…and pulled it off beautifully without a script or plan! At the gazebo by the Chapel at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. For Christmas, his mother gave Amy a special ornament in the shape of the Naval Academy Chapel. A beautiful and meaningful keepsake indeed. I can’t wait for Amy’s bridal session! I will get to meet Miso the cat, whose presence has been especially requested by the big-hearted bride!
Hello everyone, and happy New Year! I cannot believe it’s already February, incredible how time flies! I’m delighted to begin 2017 by sharing a bit about my recent engagement session with Brooke and Brad. These two were so warm and relaxed, an absolute pleasure to photograph! I got to watch them share so many beautiful moments. Several times they started giggling just looking at each other, which was really fun and wonderful to see!
Brooke and Brad met through mutual friends at the end of their freshman year at the University of South Carolina. Halfway through sophomore year, they were a bundle! Hehehe And the story of Brad’s proposal is too sweet not to share! The two were strolling through the USC campus on their way to a baseball game, when Brooke got a call from one of the friends they were going to meet. It was just a heads-up, some construction on campus meant they would have to detour through the historic horseshoe. But halfway across the horseshoe, Brad got down on one knee and asked Brooke to marry him! When she looked up, Brooke saw friends and family appearing all around the horseshoe, including their pup Maverick, who was supposed to be at home in Charlotte! Such an incredibly sweet surprise!!
Our session took place at Carrigan Farms in Moorseville, NC. If you’re not familiar with this property, go visit! The grounds are absolutely breathtaking, with so many different settings for photos. Brooke’s stunning red dress was an elegant pop of color against the gorgeous scenery. And need I say I fell in love with Maverick? Adorable!!! Golden Retrievers are the best! Although I have to admit I’m biased, my fur-baby Ronon is a Golden too! Below is a sneak peek of their stunning Carrigan Farms engagement photos! I cannot wait for their wedding!
Carrigan Farms Engagement Photos
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