It's been quite a long time since we first met with Erica, so we were so excited to get to see her again, and meet Logan, for their engagement shoot! Erica is the sweetest thing, and we loved her right away! When she told me she would be wearing a long, RED dress for her engagement photos, I jumped up and down with delight. No, really. I did! Just wait until you see how their photos turned out!
On the contact form on our website, I ask couples to list three words that describe them. This just gives me an idea of the bride and groom's personalities before we even meet, and also makes them think about what makes them unique. When Mary filled out the form, one of the words she used was "rum." I knew from that moment on that we were going to get along fabulously! She also listed "fun" and "kind" and after meeting and spending time with them, I couldn't agree more.
When Emily first emailed me about her wedding, I kept thinking to myself, "This name is so familiar. Do I know her?" I went on to compose my reply, sent it off to her, then it hit me. I immediately emailed her again, asking, "are you by any chance a high school teacher? I think you had my daughter Helen in your English class last year!" I even remembered Helen telling me that her teacher got engaged. It just so happened that Emily was that teacher!
I am so excited to share this Jacksonville engagement session! Not only did we get to travel to one of my favorite places to shoot on the BEACH, but both Ed and I fell in love with Erin and Donny right away! Since we had only met before over Skype, this was our first time meeting face to face. Within 5 minutes, I knew that Erin and I were kindred spirits. We're the same person! Well, except she gets to live in sunny Florida, and I'm still only dreaming about it.
Detra is from a small rural town in Illinois and loves the farm life. Fred is from Memphis and loves the city light and energy. They may be opposites, but they compliment each other perfectly! We had to include both their personalities in their engagement shoot, so we went for both a city and country theme!
Mia and Rico have a plan. They're separated right now, only by distance, while Mia studies and works hard at her grad school degree in Nashville. Rico remains in Memphis, working and saving his pennies for the future. They are smart, and they have a 4-year plan. When Mia graduates, they will be ready to share a whole new life together, wherever it may lead them!
Sometimes things need to be done the wrong way a couple times before they can be done right. This seems to be a theme in Samantha and Slay's relationship, but it works for them because they are so right for each other!
Keith and Joe met at the UGA Law School. While they both attended different schools previously, they each wound up at UGA at the same time. Over the course of their three years there so far, they fell in love, and they will be getting married in Memphis in two weeks! Since Athens is such a big part of their lives now, we all really wanted to do their engagement session there. So Ed and I traveled to Athens (just a few days after spending a week in Georgia ourselves!) to document this special times in their lives. I'm so glad we did! Not only did we get tons of amazing photos, but we got to spend a weekend in a lovely Georgian town, and soak up the college culture!
Brittany and Walker are so easy-going! We knew right away that they were the perfect clients for us. We all got along from the moment we met, so we knew their engagement session would be a breeze. They love anything from taking their dogs for a walk along the gravel paths of Shelby Farms, to a simple barbecue at home, to dancing in the rain (as you will soon see). We wanted to make sure to capture the essence of who they are.
Katy and Eric like to tell people with a smile, "a tornado brought us together." While perhaps a bit morbid, it's actually almost quite true! Although they didn't realize it until later, Katy and Eric were in the same 5th grade class together. But it was their sophomore year in college that would bring them back together.