I read something once that has managed to stick with me for a long time. Wedding rings are beautiful things - they are shiny and sparkle when new. Diamonds catch the light and play it across nearby surfaces. They are, I think it's safe to say, the most coveted piece of jewelry there is. But an old, worn wedding ring is even more beautiful. Each scratch represents the time you've spent with your soulmate. Each ding tells a story. The more flaws the ring has, the more beautiful it is. Because it stands for something bigger than us. Kanesha and Bates know from experience just how true that is. They may be having a wedding coming up soon, but they already wear their rings, because they're already married.
Instead of flowers, he brought her a gold star. Everyone does flowers. Cody wanted to impress Tiffany, and give her something that would last and that she would remember. And, okay, maybe he was trying to get a laugh out of her too. Cody is a funny guy, laid-back and lighthearted, and girls love a guy who can make them laugh. It worked, as Tiffany has been charmed by him since the beginning!
Today is a very special day on the blog! We always consider ourselves lucky to get to do what we do, but when we get to photograph friends, it's an extra blessing! Most of Memphis may know Natalie as a top finalist on So You Think You Can Danceor as a cast member of Wicked, but to us, she is "Miss Natalie," the one person who probably spends almost as much time with our kids as we do! Natalie is the competition director at our dance studio, and she is the one in charge of making our kids (and tons of others!) into the great dancers that they are turning out to be! We couldn't be more grateful for her, so when we heard she was getting married, we were first in line to "audition" for the role of photographer! All cheesy puns aside, we are thrilled to be able to document this time in her life, and we can't wait for the wedding!
Anthony and I had been planning this for months. We even had super secret code words and hand gestures. Just like real spies. But when the day arrived, and then THE MOMENT, I think we were just as nervous as he was! Maybe more. See, Anthony knew he would be marrying Shavonn. He couldn't imagine a life without her. So he planned to ask her to be his wife. On camera! Our cameras.
There are so many things to love about an engagement session! But one of our very favorite things about them is that we get some one on one time with our couples, and really get to know them better on a personal level. Not only does this make us better equipped to photograph them on their wedding day, but it starts building a relationship so that we can truly call them friends later! It had been awhile since we first met with Taylor and George, so we were eager to hang out with them and learn more about how they love. We were in for such a treat!
We want every engagement session (and wedding!) we do to be as unique as possible. To do that, we always tailor our sessions around our couples, including things like their favorite colors, their favorite places to go, and their favorite activities to do together. Basically, the things that make up their LIFE together. In this case, Robyn and Nick currently live in Nashville, so their life is there. Nashville is an easy drive for us, so it was a no-brainer that we would go to them for this session. We have been looking forward to this engagement session ever since we first met with Robyn and Nick, and it was everything we dreamed, and more!
We started a new tradition last year. Every February, Ed and I take an annual trip with our best friends. To get away and focus on friendship before things really start to get busy. Just a few days. Enough time to add another checkbox to our travel journals, to shirk responsibility in order to stay young, and to go and see and do. Last year, we toured the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg and hit the Nashville nightlife. But last year, it was a cold trip, staying true to February. And last year, our best friends weren't engaged. We decided to change things up this year!
Ebony and Brandon are our kind of people, and we knew that right away! They are funny, they love to laugh, and they are kind and considerate on the inside. Not to mention that they are such a HOT couple on the outside! After their engagement session, they welcomed us into their beautiful downtown condo. As we sat in front of their 10th floor balcony, watching the barges slowly drift down the Mississippi River and sipping on champagne, we chatted like we had all been old friends forever. Cool droplets formed on the outside of our glasses while time moved slowly and almost seemed to stand still. We talked about travel and life in Memphis. And we talked about love. These two have it in spades, and that may just be our favorite thing about them!
I know, I know. 2015 was an entire MONTH ago! And I'm just now getting around to doing our big engagement session wrap-up post of the year. What can I say? I'm starting this year a bit overdue. But we've been working really hard behind the scenes to make 2016 the best year yet! January always comes with some major re-organization and a flurry of new ideas and inspiration. But with that said, I will kind of miss 2015. We had the honor of working with some of the best (and most beautiful!) brides. Luckily for us, many of these couples won't get married until later this year, so we get to see them again!
He is her sister's husband's best friend, and though they had known each other for awhile, it didn't long for them to know it was right once they finally started dating. They do, however differ on their opinion of their first date. She watches him with adoring eyes as he tells their first date story, while shyly looking down and shaking her head with a smile. If you ask Wendy, she will tell you it was at Baskin Robbins, over ice cream and good conversation. But David argues that it's not a real date unless you get dressed up and go to a nice place. And that's the thing about David. He knows how to treat a lady, and he loves to spoil Wendy!