16 Apr criston + garrett: a downtown memphis engagement.
Garrett knew he wanted to date Criston as soon as he saw her walk by at work. Criston took a little convincing. She brushed him off a couple times, but when Garrett went out of his way to get her a cookie, she was disappointed when he simply handed it to her and then walked away. She made sure to accept his next date proposal and was pleasantly surprised when they spent hours talking after dinner.
Garrett, a chef, knew that the key to Criston’s heart was through food. Criston knew he was serious when he left an entire coconut cake on her desk. He scored a second date, and then a third. Soon they were inseparable. As opposite as they are, they are perfect for each other in every way. They have fun together, laugh a lot, and the love they share is obvious. Garrett worked hard to win not only Criston’s heart, but that of her son – and he won on both accounts.
Criston and Garrett’s Downtown Memphis Engagement
They will soon be an official family, and I am so happy to be able to document their love! We met downtown in Memphis for their engagement session, and we all had a great time! We wandered around, got to know each other, and shared laugh after laugh. Oh, and we took a few photos while we were at it.
Criston and Garrett’s first date included a movie, and one of their favorite dates later was a show at the Orpheum Theatre downtown, so it was completely appropriate to start there.
Criston, you are stunning!
Criston and Garrett are the kind of couple who are not afraid to high five each during photos. Then cuddle. They are both naturals in front of the camera!
Love Ed’s perspective on this one!
Hanging out with Elvis…
After a quick change, we headed to the FedEx Forum. Garrett is a huge sports fan, and this is one of his favorite spots in the city. There was a game about to start and it was super crowded, but Criston and Garrett were not afraid to work it in front of a crowd!
I fell in love with their style and their personalities!
I always know the strength of a couple’s love by how often they laugh. Criston and Garrett laugh a lot.
Kissing is important too!
As much fun as Criston and Garrett have together, as much as they laugh, and as much as they joke around, they are serious about their relationship. They may try to fool you by giving each other a hard time for fun, but they love each other totally and completely. They are together in their life, their decisions, and they work hard to always improve their love. Criston told me that they are always on the lookout for couples they want to emulate. Ed and I were beyond honored to have made the list!
We ended the session at the edge of the Mississippi River right at sunset. The light was amazing!
Criston’s ring is incredible. And so unique!
Criston and Garrett ended their first date in a park gazing at the stars, so I wanted to incorporate that idea into their photos. While we couldn’t photograph the stars, I thought the lights of the Memphis bridge make a pretty good substitute!
Criston. Garrett. You guys have no idea how honored we are to get a glimpse into your love! We had such a good time getting to know you, and I know that you will both go far. Hand in hand. Thank you so much for spending an evening with us. We can’t wait for the wedding!
Here’s to persistence. And coconut cake. And smooching in public. Cheers!