We love when a wedding day is all about the marriage. Not the flowers, the food, or the big party at the end. But the opening page of a love story, one that will last a lifetime. This wedding was one of those. When Erica turned a tearful face to Travis and promised to be as patient, kind, and loving as he has been to her, we knew she meant every word. And when he vowed to keep her safe, to support her, and to always love her, there was no doubt that he spoke the truth. This day was only a formality, because they had already devoted their hearts to each other long ago. They understood that the party at the end was really only the beginning, and that made it so much more than a celebration!

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!

These two are getting married on Saturday. Like, in two days. Like, in "get your act together and do the blog post already, Amy!" We are SO excited to witness the beginning of their new journey, and if it's anything like their Memphis engagement session, we know the wedding is going to be fabulous!! In the meantime, we are so excited to share their engagement session!

We first met with Akeilah and Tony back in July of LAST YEAR, more than a full year before their wedding.  We loved them right away, and it didn't hurt that we spent more time laughing with them than anything else. So, you can imagine how eager we were to see them again, and even more excited to get them in front of our cameras!

We don't break the rules often. But special circumstances call for exceptions! With this engagement session, we broke ALL the rules. 1. Only shoot right before sunset. 2. Don't shoot on holidays. 3. NEVER shoot when it rains. 4. Only shoot when the temperature is between 50 and 80 degrees. Yeah, we broke every single one of those. And you know what? I'd do it again. This special New Year's Eve engagement session turned out to be one of our favorites!

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!

When Olivia and I were planning her engagement session, she went back and forth on outfit options. I usually recommend one dressy outfit and one casual outfit for our AHP couples, to give them some diversity in their images. But when Olivia said, "we love dressing up and we're just not casual people," I knew dressy was the way to go for both outfits! Above all, we want our images to represent our couples, so letting them be them was a priority!

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!