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Chattahoochee River Engagement Photos
Shari + Will
We headed down to Atlanta a few weeks ago to meet up with Shari and Will for their engagement session. These two will be tying the knot at Highland Brewing Co. in Asheville later this summer, which we’re SUPER stoked about! But in the meantime, we wanted to document their engagement on their home turf. Shari and Will are super outdoorsy, and Shari wanted their photos to have a more woodsy/river vibe. So we ventured over to the West Palisades Trail (Thanks, Erica!) which winds along the Chattahoochee River just outside of Atlanta. You guys – this place was awesome! I’m so sad that we live too far away to enjoy the Chattahoochee – it’s the perfect river for a leisurely float weekend!
Shari and Will were SO much fun to hang out with though! It’s always really nice when you feel like you click well with a couple – and they couldn’t have been more laid-back or sweet! We’re so excited for their brewery wedding! Just a couple more months!
How did the two of you meet?
“Our friend Lauren set us up by making sure we’d both be at the same Super Bowl Party. It was love at first jalapeno popper.”
Tell us about your first date!
“Shari was going camping with her brother and his friends at Panther Creek in North Georgia, and asked Will and the aforementioned Lauren and her husband to join. It wasn’t a typical date, but it’s when we had our first kiss, so we count it. 🙂 Our actual first date was at Cheesecake Factory…lame.”
How did Will propose?
“Unlike most girls, Shari always said she wanted a proposal on the big screen at a sporting event. Every time they went to a game, she was prepared! So it caught her completely off-guard when Will got down on one knee while they were hiking the Maroon Bells in Colorado. After she caught her breath – the altitude is no joke – and determined that Will was, in fact serious, she, of course, said yes. (She wouldn’t mind a second proposal at a football game, though!)”
What are some of your favorite ways to unwind together?
“Sports. (Shari’s gotten better, but she definitely had a Ticketmaster problem when they first started dating.) Traveling. Beer! (Was that obvious from our wedding venue? We love trying new breweries.) Lazy Sundays on the couch. Doting on our nephews and nieces. <3”
Downtown Durham Engagement Photographers
Lauren + Murray
We met up with Lauren and Murray at Ponysaurus Brewing for a few drinks and photos before roaming through downtown Durham for their engagement session. This was a really fun engagement session for us because we’ve known Lauren socially for a few years now, and we’ve been able to witness her relationship with Murray blossom a bit. It wasn’t that long ago that she was cooking dinner for us and talking about the major crush she had on her super cute boss! 🙂
These two really are one of the sweetest couples! We can’t wait to photograph their Rickhouse wedding later this fall! Less than 4 months to go, guys!!
How did you and Murray meet?
“We met while working at Washington Duke Inn. He was my boss!”
What do you love most about Lauren?
“Her sunshine personality and smile were the first things that had me hooked. Upon getting to know her, I knew she was the one. Her passion and drive, coupled with her imagination and wit proved to me that she was the whole package! She makes me better and makes me want to be better for our forever.”
What do you admire most in Murray?
“His dedication and passion for his work is what really caught my attention. He is also quite handsome. After getting to know him, I realized he’s one of the most caring and genuine people I’ve ever known. He’s the best friend I’ve ever had! Every time I look at him, I think to myself, ‘I’m the luckiest gal because I get to spend forever with him.'”
Tell us about your first date!
“I asked him out for drinks on St. Patty’s Day. It only took me a year to ask! I nabbed my Irish man on his holiday! 🙂 We went to 5850 Bistro, and we’ve been smitten ever since.”
How did Murray propose to you?
“Murray proposed at Mystery Brewing after setting it up for me to brew my very own beer recipe with Erik Lars Meyers (owner and brewmaster of Mystery, and President of the NC Brewers Guild.) He proposed after we wrapped up the whole brewing process!”
What’s your favorite way to spend the day together?
“We Netflix and Chill on our days off together, along with our fur babies, Garvin (the cat), Ladybyrd, and Halo (the dogs.) We frequent Ponysaurus Brewing. We also enjoy visiting with our families. Since we’re so busy with work, time with our families is very valuable to us.
We photographed Tori and DJ’s engagement session at Ole Gilliam Park in Sanford recently, and totally fell in love with both them and the location they chose! This rustic property provided the most beautiful setting for their rustic chic engagement. The park is filled with really cool old cabins, industrial farming equipment, and a really pretty dock that overlooks the grounds. Seriously – it was perfect for these two!
Tori and DJ basically grew up together and this sweet couple definitely had tons of chemistry! They were so much fun to work with…and I think David and I are even more excited for their big day after spending an evening with them!
How did you and DJ meet?
“DJ and I met at Tramway Elementary School in 3rd grade. The first day of 3rd grade he told his aunt Vicky that I was the prettiest girl he had ever seen! I had no idea until about 3 and a half years ago when we started dating and she told me! We were always friends but kind of lost touch through high school since we went to different schools. We rekindled our friendship when I was in college based on tweets about awesome Netflix shows. Needless to say, our love for each other & Netflix has grown ever since.”
Where did you go on your first date?
“We went to see GI Joe in DJ’s 1990 Jeep Wrangler, and we were so incredibly awkward the whole time. It was followed by an awkward milkshake run to Cook Out. DJ and I are probably two of the most awkward people in the world, so putting us both together – we knew we were in for it. DJ says all he can remember from our first date is how loud my heels were (…such a man!) After he dropped me off, we talked all night and realized we actually had so much to talk about. After that, we started not even worrying ourselves with distractions like movies and milkshakes, and just rode around in the car for hours every night, talking and laughing until 2am (when I eventually had to sneak back into my house so I wouldn’t wake up my parents!)”
What are you favorite qualities in DJ?
“DJ is the most genuine person I have ever met. He loves everyone and everything with his whole heart. He really cares for everyone he comes into contact with. DJ is just a comfortable person to be around. Although it takes time for him to open up, he feels like home once he does. One of the things I love most about DJ is how much he loves our dogs. They are really like our children and I feel that how people treat animals shows their true selves.”
How did DJ propose to you?
“DJ proposed in a really simple way, which I was totally in love with because we are really simple people. DJ was at home from school for the weekend and I was at work. He had the ring for a few days and was trying to find a way to propose to me. On March 10, 2016, I came home from work and there were probably 200 small candles lit all around my apartment and roses on the counter. DJ got down on one knee as soon as I walked in the door and asked me to marry him! It was just us, and it was the best proposal ever!”
What are your favorite ways to unwind together?
“We really just spend time with our dogs on our days off. We both feel so bad about him being at school during the week and me being at work during the day, that we do not want them to be cooped up all the time. We love chasing them around and taking them on walks. We really just love to relax together laying on the couch, watching movies, and eating popcorn. I love that we can do absolutely nothing but it’s still always a good time. When we aren’t with our dogs, we spend a lot of time with our family. DJ and I both believe that family is the most important thing. We are both really close to our parents, so we like to spend as much time with them as possible.”
What do you admire most in Tori?
“When I think of Tori, I think of someone who is selfless. She’s someone who cares more about the well-being of others than her own. She goes out of her way to make sure that other people are happy. She’s also an animal lover all the way to her core and those are just two of the many things I love about her.”
Tell us about your wedding! What’s been your favorite part of the process so far?
“We are getting married at The Barn at Woodlake Meadows. This was the only venue we went to because we fell in love with it instantly! It’s super rustic which really fits our personalities. It’s a relaxing environment and it has absolutely beautiful scenery! The owners are so nice and laid back – we love people like that. I have changed the colors of our wedding probably 3 times so that is still yet to be determined, haha. (Have I mentioned that I am awful at making decisions?) It sounds cliche, but what we are most excited about is BEING MARRIED! We are so excited to take on life together. Our favorite part of the wedding planning process has definitely been our engagement pictures!! We were seriously so happy when we got in the car after our pictures. I could hardly contain myself. It was such a stress reliever and it made me even more excited to get married. We are so excited for May 27, 2017!!!
“Thanks to Kacie Lorenzo and Studio C Salon and Spa
for doing my makeup & hair and for always making me feel fabulous!”
Raleigh Rose Garden Engagement
Howie proposed to Jo at the Raleigh Rose Garden in downtown Raleigh, so it was only fitting that their engagement session took place there as well. This sweet couple was SO much fun to work with! We can’t wait for their downtown Asheboro wedding next spring.
How did you guys meet?
“Howie and I met when we were both in 8th grade. One of my friends convinced me to become a wrestling manager. Howie was a wrestler who just so happened to have a broken collar bone. Since he was injured, he wasn’t able to partake in practice, but still had to attend. I will never forget walking into practice and seeing this really cute guy sitting on one of the rolled up mats. I knew then, this boy was different than all the others.”
Tell us about your first date!
“We became best friends shortly after we met, but I never told him how I truly felt about him. Finally, one day in 11th grade, he invited me over to his house to play Guitar Hero, because we had a bet on who was better. We went to Wendy’s after school and headed to his house. We hung out all afternoon talking about everything under the sun and playing Guitar Hero. That afternoon, he finally asked me to be his girlfriend!”
How did Howie pop the question?
“Howie proposed two days after my birthday. At that time, Howie and I were both still in college, so we decided that I would come up to Raleigh for the weekend and we could go out for a nice dinner. I had invited my grandma and aunt to meet us for dinner as well. After we both got ready, we got in the car heading to the restaurant – or so I thought! Howie told me that he wanted to show me something really quick before dinner. By that point, I was hangry and I tried to convince him to let me call my family to at least go ahead and get a table. When we finally parked, he made me get out of the car and go for a walk with them. I was very frustrated because all I wanted to do was eat! After walking for a couple minutes, he stopped and made me put my hands over my eyes (at this point I would have done anything just to hurry this up!) He started leading me down a gravel pathway. Finally, he said I could uncover my eyes. When I looked up I saw a beautiful field of roses! I was so amazed! I wanted to stop and take pictures of all the flowers, but I could tell he had other intentions. He took hold of my hand and led me to another part of the garden. When we turned the corner, I was surprised to see both our families there yelling, ‘Happy Birthday!’ I was shocked, but kind of upset because that meant no one was at the restaurant getting us a table… We began walking around the garden and someone suggested that Howie and I get our picture taken in front of the fountain. I went to pose for a snapshot, and looked over to see Howie getting down on one knee. I had NO CLUE what he was doing and was in utter shock! Of course, I said yes!”
Duke Gardens Engagement
Andrea + Shaun
We’ve been impatiently waiting for Andrea and Shaun’s wedding for over a year and a half now – and we’re so excited that their big day is finally here! This super sweet couple will be exchanging vows at The Longhouse in Stokesdale THIS weekend! Yay!!
In the meantime, a here’s a peek at some of their engagement photos taken at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham last fall. Aren’t they the cutest?!
How did the two of you meet?
“Shaun and I met many, many years ago when I was still a senior in high school and he has just transferred to NC State University to finish our his bachelor’s degree. A mutual friend of ours introduced us at my neighbor’s annual Christmas party and we hit it off instantly. That night we went for a very cold and windy walk with our group of friends and Shaun pulled me in close to keep me warm. It wasn’t long after that that we started dating and the rest is history.”
What do you admire most about Shaun?
“Shaun and I are both nerdy in our own way and very goofy people. Shaun works in e-commerce working on web stores, so he’s my technical guru. I admire Shaun for his drive in life to succeed at what he does and his adorable charm. Shaun alaways tries to keep a positive outlook on life and I love the fact that he is a self-teacher, an amazing cook, and loves me for me.”
What do you love most about Andrea?
“Andrea is my best friend and she’s the sweetest, most caring person I’ve met in my entire life. She fills me with happiness, love, and lots of plans! But she also helps me be a better person. I admire her emotional intelligence, her selflessness, and the way she loves unconditionally.”
Tell us about the proposal!
“We had rented a cabin in the NC Mountains for our eight year anniversary. A marriage proposal was something I was anticipating would happen on the trip. Days before the trip, Shaun eluded to me the idea that it wasn’t going to happen. We decided for this anniversary that the trip and the cabin was our gift to each other, however, I had made Shaun a DIY gift since I am a big gift giver. Shaun then handed me a love note to read, and as I read it, he got down on one knee in our adorably perfect, cozy cabin and asked me to marry him.”
What are some of your favorite ways to unwind together?
“Shaun and I enjoy our downtime quite a bit, however, we are very big on exploring new places and spending time with our group of friends. On weekends we like to go hiking at Umstead State Park or go for walks with our little dog Charlie. We are big on traveling to the NC Mountains once or twice a year. During the week we spend our downtime watching movies, cooking elaborate meals or trying new restaurants.”
Hair: Parlor Blow Dry Bar
Makeup: Cheryl Bragon, Parlor Blow Dry Bar