Leigh and I met on a Thursday and scheduled her and Gordon’s engagement session a week later! She is an adorable, decisive, agreeable gal with a head for numbers. I haven’t gotten to know Gordon as well yet, but they are a precious couple. We spent some time at his father’s farm a little outside Birmingham and it was perfect. I may have to put his number on speed dial for future sessions. This session sure did set a beautiful tone for Leigh and Gordon’s engagement!
I’m so obsessed with Liz’s bridal portrait session, and have had to keep it hidden for a month, that I’m scheduling it the night before her wedding to post JUST after her wedding. Ha!! When I first met Liz I thought she was pretty and so cute. Also quite thorough while still soft spoken. Easy carry on a conversation with but definitely a listener. Each time I’ve photographed and hung out with her since, I’ve found her more and more beautiful. I think you’ll agree after seeing these portraits, that she is a classic beauty.
On top of all that sugar I just mentioned, let’s add some icing to the cake. Her bridal session was at her husband-to-be’s family antebellum home. It’s called Magnolia and is perfection. I was so obsessed with all the white, the wide staircase, the antique furniture, the barn and sprawling lawn… when I stuck Liz into all that it was like taking a glimpse into the 1920′s. Something about her dress and demeanor in this setting had me looking for Gatsby.
By the time you’re reading this she is Mrs. Bell. And I think the name suits her… tres belle.
It was a struggle to decide in what order to post the two sessions I have for Drew and Rob. The images in this post are from their “engagement session” the day before their engagement party, which included a surprise wedding. I love these so much that I couldn’t hold out on you.
Now for a confession. “First looks” make me nervous. They’re just so unpredictable and I want to get EVERY. SINGLE. EXPRESSION. Which is impossible. But this is one of my favorite ever. I’m obsessed with Drew’s bouquet. Hothouse Design Studio can do some flowers up right.
I have known Laura since she was in elementary school. I was even her ballet teacher! Her mom, Emi, kept my first baby girl until she was 2 1/2. This family is special to me. So, when they started making wedding plans, I was quite honored that they checked to make sure I was available the day they chose. Special again. I remember when Emil started talking about this boy, Trey, that Laura had met. She seemed to know from the get-go that it was really serious. And she was right.
There are so many things running through my mind to tell you about these two. I’ve decided on two main points. They are real. Genuine. Grounded. (That’s just one point.) There are not many couples that would be ok with the soggy, frizzy, messy-ness that comes with an engagement session in the rain. I’ve had more than one session cancelled because of the THREAT of rain. But, when Tropical Storm Karen settled over the southeast, they didn’t even raise an eyebrow. That’s just them.
The second thing about them is that they love each other. But they love the Lord more. Wedding planning has been difficult and not for the reasons it’s difficult for the rest of us. Laura has been really sorting through what she has to have in/at her wedding because of society and what she has to have to make it a God-honoring start to her soon-to-be marriage. Their main goal in this wedding is to show the picture of Christ’s love for his church through their union. That he loved us before we had it together, before we were getting life right and even after we continue to fail. They will trust that love to sustain their marriage. Even when they fail each other. Christ’s love through them. Christ’s love for each of us, as his church.
The bottom has fallen out here. We were still a little sheltered by the trees, but I love Trey looking at the sky. This is the site where they will exchange vows in the spring. Right under this tree on his family farm. Romantic huh?