It was Christmas Day, after the morning madness of excitement, gift giving, and the chaos that comes afterward. It was my favorite part of Christmas, the calm after the storm, when the energy level dips and everyone settles into a comfortable happiness. I enjoy most just reveling in the joy that is this day, and in the togetherness of having everyone home.
Tennison and Shea's love story is a brand of fairy tale all their own. Of all the people who could have set them up, Tennison lucked out with someone who truly had her best interest at heart: her dad. Shea is the son of her dad's co-worker, and he knew that by the way that he treated his own parents that he was a good guy. When her dad mentioned it to him, Tennison ran to Facebook to find a photo of Shea. She later reminisces, "I know it's silly, but as soon as I saw his photo, I just knew he was the one."
Michelle and Matt are, above all, best friends. Like friends, they spend a lot of time together, doing things that friends do. They are comfortable grabbing a beer or a cocktail and watching the game. In fact, they always stock up on Memphis Grizzlies tickets so that they don't miss their favorite team play. They both enjoy being outdoors, and they are always active. Their friendship is very important to them, and they nurture it to keep it growing.
And yet, they are so much more than friends.
Anne-Sophie and Dalton have been in a long-distance relationship for most of the time they've been together. They are also both medical students, so free time is rare and precious. These two know bestt how to make the most of every minute that they are in the same city. They squeeze in visits when they can, and they make every second count, even if it's just sitting on the couch binge watching the latest Netflix show. We were so happy that we could find a time to get them together in Memphis for their engagement session, and we loved watching them soak up every minute together!
We sat with them over drinks one casual evening, learning a little more about each other and sharing lots of laughs. Bailey and Will booked us without ever meeting us first, so we wanted to get to know them a bit before we got them in front of our cameras. We spent very little time talking "business" and spent lots of time talking "life," and we loved them right away for that! By the time we all met again for their Tennessee farm engagement session, we were old friends! Which, as you will see, made for plenty of awesome photos! Keep a lookout for a couple of cow cameos!
We have such a special, stylish urban engagement session to share with you today! We had so much fun getting to know these two better. They absolutely KILLED their photos! Usually, the photos we take near the end of an engagement session are better than the ones at the beginning, because the couple is more relaxed. But these two were pros right from the start! It was so hard to choose favorites, so get ready for a loooong post...
We've known Caitlin for years. When our girls were small children, Caitlin and her family lived down the street from us, and she spent a lot of time at our house. Now she's all grown up and getting married (that makes me feel so old)! We were absolutely thrilled that she called us after she was engaged, although we wouldn't have given her much of a choice, haha! We had to reschedule this engagement session due to a typical Memphis popup storm, but I'm so glad we did! The weather this day was bright and sunny, just like Caitlin's smile!
Oh, you guys! I am SO over-the-moon excited to share this session today! I can't tell you how long I've been wanting to photograph a couple in a canoe. In formal clothes. In the lake. At sunset! It takes a special, adventurous couple to give us the trust and freedom for this type of shoot, and we found it in Val and Reed! They were not afraid of getting a little wet, and just WAIT until you see them standing up in the canoe! This one was one of our favorites for so many reasons!