We met at Waterfront Park, for this dreamy Charleston engagement session. Despite Waterfront Park being wildly popular for tourists, it was surprisingly empty, which was perfect for our session planned. We met by the pineapple fountain, and Britney and Nick immediately sparked laughter as we started shooting.
When visiting Charleston, I knew I wanted to do this engagement session at Folly Beach, but still be able to avoid the crowds. So we settled on sunrise, and at 5am when the sky was still a deep indigo we set out for the beach. The sand was cool to the touch and the waves tumbled over each other in a dance towards the shore.
When Carly reached out to me and told me they were having their wedding at Pine Hills, I was hit with such excitement. Pine Hills being my own home church, it was such an honor to me to be chosen to capture this beautiful day for them. Carly and Colton met in youth group, and from there God wove their love story together into something so unique and beautiful. The morning of the wedding both of them were nothing but smiles, radiating so much joy.
It was the perfect end to fall for an engagement session, when I met Hannah and Zach at Metea Park. The leaves were hanging on to the last of their deep color, and golden hour blessed us with beautiful rays of light. I originally met Hannah through her older sister Judy, who’s wedding I am also shooting next year. Over coffee Hannah told me all about Zach and their relationship with such a wide, genuine smile on her face. I knew these two would be such a wonderful time to capture. And indeed, Hannah and Zach were so full of love and laughter, despite all the weird prompts I made them do.
When Kelli and Kyle first met me for coffee and a consultation and told me their wedding was Harry Potter themed, I was hooked. As a die-hard Potterhead myself I couldn’t have been more delighted to hear all the fun little details they plan on incorporating into their day. We met up for their engagement session a few weeks later at Hyde Brothers Bookstore and Promenade Park, with wands and books in hand, and let me tell you guys, they totally crushed it. Between the little details, and the gorgeous fall foliage overlooking the river, and their shining personalities full of love and laughter, we couldn’t have asked for a better session.
Mid October in Northern Michigan might be cold, but it was well worth the trip. We began our adventure at the Sleeping Bear Dunes trailhead point, and started the slow journey up the dunes. The sun came out from her hiding and warmed our goosebump-ridden skin and made all the sand glow gold. Once we finally reached the top of the dune overlooking Lake Michigan, we had to stand for a moment to take in all the beauty and awe that came with the view. It was nothing if not breathtaking.