Amy and Sam are so natural and comfortable around each other, you'd think they'd have known each other for years. That they were childhood friends. You just can't envision one without the other. But in fact, they only knew each other about a year before they were engaged. Like Amy says, "When you know, you know."
Molly and Spencer were meant to be... but it took awhile for them to realize it. They had known each other for years. In fact, if you ask them, they can't remember a time when they didn't know each other. They had friends that knew each other and they would often bump into each other, but it took years for them to look at each other as something other than friends. When they did finally arrange a date, Spencer had to cancel due to a torn achilles tendon. Molly thought he was making it up to get out of the date, until he showed up at the next one with crutches. Sometimes the best relationships start off slow.
Michelle and Joe met at an event that she was coordinating. A friend introduced them, and they talked for only a minute before she had to run off and prevent some disaster or other from happening. But a minute was all it took. Joe couldn't get her out of his mind, and she didn't forget him either. Later, when he called her up for a date, she readily agreed. He took her to a local restaurant, Hog & Hominy, and there began their mutual love of good food... and each other.
When Lori and Kenny met for the first time, they were both at the same birthday party, but with other dates. They introduced themselves and chatted for a bit, then went their separate ways. But later, Kenny didn't forget Lori. The next time he needed a date, she immediately popped into his head. He messaged her on Facebook, and they began chatting. Lucky for Kenny, Lori didn't forget him either. It wasn't long before they were each other's permanent dates.
When Brenda and I were chatting about and planning her engagement session, she knew that she wanted to include her puppy, Nica. Photographing pets is always a challenge, but we love incorporating these lovable family members when we can! Nica was a bit shy, but perfectly behaved. I've learned that the best way to take photos of pets is to be fast! Nica would only look at us for a second at a time, so it was imperative that we were ready when she did.
Brenda and Derek love nature and adventure. They are just as at home with zip-lining through a national forest or white water rafting as they are taking a leisurely stroll through the park. They could be camping in the mountains, hiking toward a waterfall, or simply taking their adorable dog, Nica, for a walk around the neighborhood. Their first choice is always outdoors, but they're not afraid of tackling projects at home either, especially if it involves a hammer, nails, and paint. They're up for anything, as long as they're facing it head-on together, as a team.
When Megan told me that they would like to incorporate bow fishing into their engagement, I got so excited! Not only because it was unique and something we've never done before, but because I was thinking about all the cool video clips we could get with it! Fusion video is all about bringing the photos to life and adding motion to the story, so I knew this would be the perfect way to accomplish that.
Megan and Anthony were the winners of our free engagement shoot, so we were so excited to finally meet them! We had already rescheduled the shoot once because of rain, and this day was threatening to rain, too, but we decided to go ahead and give it a chance. I'm so glad we did! The skies were cloudy, but it never did rain, and I just LOVE the way Megan's dress colors popped against the clouds toward the end of the shoot! It turned out perfectly!
A wedding is about more than just the joining of two people. It's the moment when a new family is made, the coming together of two families who were separate before that day. It's the fork in the road where two paths come together and continue on as one road. It's about love. Romantic love between the bride and the groom. Love of friends who are not joined by blood, but by their joy and support of a union. And perhaps greatest of all, the love of a family that just doubled in size.