Let's skip over what a horrible blogger I am and jump right to what a beautiful wedding is about to grace this here blog. Let's do that.
Danielle originally contacted me through a Facebook message, declaring her love of our team's work and hoping for a free date in August. She wanted to know all of our free dates before they booked a date with their venue so that she could book us as well. (Note: there is no higher compliment than a couple planning their wedding date around our schedule.) I sent off a few dates and hoped to hear from her again. Thankfully, Nate and Danielle were able to secure August 18th at Penn Oaks Golf Club, and they brought our whole team out to celebrate with them.
These two are kind, gracious, and have the widest grins when they look at one another. After an engagement shoot of fun shenanigans like dancing to Taylor Swift in a field, I expected their wedding to be full of joy, laughter, and wide grins. I was right on all accounts. Even with the torrential downpour we experienced during the day.
A huge thanks to my team for coming along with me and killing it in every way. My associate, Kriste, worked as second shooter and my videographer, Sam, is still editing away on his film. I'll post that once I see it!
I can now check "driving in NYC" off of my bucket list.
Well, I guess it was never actually on my bucket list but I did feel some sense of accomplishment as I parked in Brooklyn on Friday evening. I was just early enough to feel like a responsible person who left enough time in case of traffic, but not early enough to really venture around Chris and Nina's neighborhood before we were supposed to meet. But one thing I love about engagement sessions is that they are basically neighborhood explorations.
Chris and Nina took me out to Red Hook - an area I had not previously explored - and we were able to enjoy the random 100 degree weather, the perfect golden light, and a relatively empty area of Brooklyn. I honestly didn't know there was such a place. We walked leisurely around the water, only ignored one trespassing sign, and found ourselves at a key lime nook where they claim they are one of two(?) places in the United States that actually use real key lime. You heard me. Apparently no one else does.
How's that for a Friday evening?
Meet two of my all-time favorite people: Clint and Jillian.
Or, as they're known around our house: Uncle Clint and Auntie Jillian.
Jillian and I were both invited to a "girls' night" in Gettysburg a few years ago to watch a movie called Austenland. It's a weirdly amazing movie about a girl who is obsessed with all things Jane Austen and eventually makes her way to a vacation spot known as Austenland. She dresses up in period clothing, falls in love, etcetera etcetera. In a silent room of strangers, Jillian and I laughed at the exact same moments during this odd film and we were the only people eating all of the popcorn.
Naturally, a friendship was born.
Fast forward to now, and these two are some of our very best friends! And the proud godparents of our super cute baby. They asked me to take one quick photo for them so they could update the photo on their DiscipleMakers prayer card. I believe the proposed location was my porch. But that was a horrible idea and I decided to highjack the moment and plan an entire shoot! We ended up out at one of my favorite spots - the White Cliffs of Conoy - and ran around screaming about kissing and how gross it is. Because it's actually kind of weird to watch your besties kissing through a viewfinder.
I love a good hiking engagement session for a few reasons:
(1) Hello, it's beautiful.
(2) I get to wear jeans, a rain jacket, and rain boots. I do not have to look pretty. Unlike these two who were hiking in some killer outfits.
(3) I'm hiking as a job.
Bryan and Becca met me in Ithaca so we could explore some of their favorite spots from when they were in college and falling in love. As I often do, I asked to hear all of their best stories from when they first started dating and I have to give Becca a round of applause. If we're being honest, she gets all of the credit for this impending wedding. As she said, "I figured I'd just kiss him and see if he was into it. "
He was into it.