Archive for the ‘Engagements’ Category

A Lakeside Engagement Session – Haley and Riley

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

These two were an absolute a blast to photograph.  It did take some convincing of the benefits of an engagement session, but when we decided on a short session with drinks and barbecue after… they were sold!

Haley and Riley met in Seattle through some online mutual friends.  They bonded over several heated games of skee ball and pinball.  They would tell you it was love at first sight! Riley’s proposal to Haley included a game of Madden and a cheese ball – love these guys. Haley shared with us how it all happened…

“The day before – over beers at one of our favorite breweries in Seattle – he told my parents all the reasons he loved me and asked for their permission. That really felt like the proposal for me, but of course he still had to actually propose. The next day, while my mom and I took my dog for a walk, he hid three glasses of champagne and waited for us to come back. When we walked in he was playing Xbox (it was a long walk), and I asked why there was champagne hidden on the bookshelf (I’m smooth…). He quickly got on one knee, pulled out a cheeseball with the ring in it from his pocket (really..I jokingly told him that morning he should hide it in food when he proposed and he actually obliged), asked me if I would “be weird together for life” and once I said “duh,” he returned to his game of Madden.”

We love the energy these two have and are anticipating a ridiculously fun wedding.  The countdown has begun… the wedding is just a few weeks away are we’re honored and excited to be a part of it!

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Haley and Riley, thank you for giving us the honor of capturing your lives during this special time.  We already adore both of you, and can’t wait for the fun that is to come!

Love Haley’s make up?  A special thanks to Danielle Drake for a beautiful job!

An Exquisite NEW Album for our Brides

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

We are excited to announce that we have an incredibly beautiful NEW product for our brides!  Our Young Book will be an exquisite display of your engagement session that can be designed with leathers and fabrics to pull together the look of your wedding.  The custom box will stand open on your guest book table and the paper is designed perfectly for signing.  Your guests will love turning the pages and see your session unfold.  There’s no more beautiful way to present these portraits and make a high end statement at your wedding.  Plus, the part I (Kristin) love the most about these books is your guests not only sign their names, but they leave special messages too.  There’s no greater keepsake than combining your portraits and these messages to save for a lifetime.

In the office now we have a sample Young Book with a gold foil monogram, a black leather box and a cream leather book inside that showcases a stunning outdoor engagement session.  We can’t wait for our brides to see it.

Here’s a sneak peak of how incredibly beautiful these books are!

A Country Road Engagement Session – Jolyn and Andrew

Friday, August 26th, 2016

We are so honored to photograph this precious couple.  Andrew and Jolyn met at Southeastern University in 2007. Andrew thought Jolyn was out of his league, and she thought he was cute… but neither made a move! Fast forward to 2012, they met again at the wedding of their two best friends. Days after the wedding, they finally started talking, but it took a year of countless phone calls and texts before they began their crazy long distance relationship between Florida and Texas.

The proposal was a complete surprise for Jolyn. She shared with us about how it happened, and how shocked she was!

“I thought that he was going to propose on our third anniversary, on New Years Eve, but when that didn’t happen I figured it would be sometime after my birthday in June. Well, Andrew flew out for Valentine’s Day weekend and when I picked him up from the airport, he told me that we were going to out and that I needed to dress up. I wasn’t feeling the best and told him that we really didn’t need to dress up super fancy for the restaurant but he told me that I have complained that we don’t get dressed up for dates anymore so I had to wear a dress. (So thankful that he made me dress up!) On the way to the restaurant he took me to Lake Alice, and my best friend Madeline was there. I should have guessed something was up but I was convinced that he wasn’t going to propose anytime soon so a proposal never crossed my mind. Andrew told me that for my Valentine’s Day present, we were going to take couple’s photos and that he wouldn’t complain. This is a BIG deal because he HATES taking pictures. I had been begging him for months to take cute couples pictures and he always told me no. We walked around the lake, and I kept telling him where to stand and to use his real smile. When we were in this little secluded spot he kissed my head and told me that he loved me. I told him that I loved him too, and then out of nowhere he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I, of course, started crying and said yes!”

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Jolyn and Andrew are planning a Rustic-themed wedding with romantic elements and tons of flowers. They want an organic feel because they’d like it to represent their personalities.  “We love to be outside. Some of our favorite activities include skiing/snowboarding, being on the lake, and working out. We both love to go out dancing and being with friends and family,” shared Jolyn.  After talking with Jolyn and hearing her describe the vision for the wedding, she reminds me (Kristin) more and more of Joanna on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”.  Jolyn comes from a family of builders and she can handle her fair share of demo, painting and remodeling.  I have no doubt this “do it yourself” bride is going to impress friends and family with her creativity and skill!

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We are so excited to photograph these two saying “I DO!” this coming January at Rembert Farms in Alachua, Florida.  When we asked Jolyn how she would describe her and Andrew’s relationship, she replied, “Sarcastic, funny, and full of love!”  We can tell this wedding is going to be an incredible amount of fun.  When we first heard that Andrew “hated” pictures we considered it an absolute challenge!  After the session, Jolyn texted me (Kristin) and said that Andrew actually had enjoyed himself.  Victory!

Jolyn and Andrew, thank you for giving us the privilege of capturing your love story.  It’s going to be an exciting few months ahead for you guys and we’re honored we get to share it with you!

Ashley & Mike’s Outdoor Trail Engagement Session

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

This adorable couple has been studying in Gainesville for several years now and after their wedding next Spring will be moving to South Florida.  To document this milestone in their lives, Ashley and Mike wanted the quintessential look and organic feel of what they’ve grown to love living in Gainesville.  Not to mention this area was even more special because it was where they were engaged.

Ashley and Mike met through mutual friends at a UF baseball game. Ashley told us she instantly had a crush on Mike, but tried so hard to hide it. When Mike finally asked her out, he won her over completely with his home cooked coconut curry and lovable personality.

Mike whisked Ashley away on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for one of their favorite activities together – looking for shark teeth. Ashley told us Mike led them on a hike for what “felt like hours” until they came to a beautiful clearing on the creek.  There, he pointed out a “shiny object” in the shallow waters of the creek. That shiny object was a beautiful mother-of-pearl jewelry box that, *spoiler alert*, Mike had placed there for her to find! When he proposed with the gorgeous ring inside the box, Ashley was nearly too excited to answer!

She told us that Mike prompted her as she was admiring her brand new sparkle, “So.. is that a yes?!”

“Of course, I said “yes!” and then  we took a bunch of selfies. I skipped all the way back to the car. It was so perfect! Mike kept it a secret from everyone – he never told anyone about when or where he would propose, and it was so special that it was just the two of us.”

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Ashley shared with us, “As soon as we started dating, I knew he was the one with whom I wanted to spend the rest of my life!”

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When we asked Ashley how she would describe her relationship with Mike, she answered very simply: “More than I could have ever dreamed.”

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Ashley and Mike, we are so excited for your big day.  Thank you for allowing us the privilege of capturing your beautiful personalities and the chance to tell your love story.

Atlanta Engagement Session – At Sunset

Friday, March 25th, 2016

A few weeks ago, we had the honor of photographing Tim and Aly’s engagement session in Piedmont Park in Atlanta.  Aly and Tim chose this area because it was a “nice slice of nature and city”.  You see the striking skyline of downtown in the background with lush green gardens and rolling greens in the foreground, not to mention the historic staircases that date back to the 1800’s.  Every angle is picturesque and so we just walked and talked and when we found another beautiful spot, Aly and Tim snuggled close and we captured their sweet moment.


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Aly and Tim we enjoyed every minute of photographing you!  We can’t wait to share more of this exciting process with you.  Time will fly, and the wedding will be here before we know it!