Engagement Archive

Rachel & Kyle {Engaged}
IMG_0118 verseMeet Rachel and Kyle, their smiles are contagious and joy radiates from their personalities!  This couple is a blessing to know and I know there are so many that would agree with that statement! My family is so blessed to call them sweet, sweet friends of ours! As you browse through these images, here are a few words to describe the qualities they see in each other and these words are true reflections of the hearts they possess: Rachel describes Kyle as steadfast, a leader and thoughtful; Kyle describes Rachel as genuine, a servant and cheerful!IMG_0162 IMG_0107 (1)I was one of the lucky ones to get to know about the proposal before it actually happened, and to get to know the details! Keeping it a secret from Rachel was super fun (and hard)!  The proposal was nothing short of perfect and nothing short of giving God all the glory for the relationship He blessed them with!  Here is a glimpse into Kyle’s perfect proposal from Rachel, “The proposal was a complete surprise, but so perfect….When we walk in the sanctuary, I find three bibles down the aisle with a rose on each side and a picture of us with a short note above each Bible. We sit down at the first Bible and he reads me Mark 10:7-9 which states, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” I just can’t stop smiling at this point because I know it’s FINALLY happening. The next Bible was open to Proverbs 31:30, “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” We go to the last Bible that’s laying down the aisle and it’s open to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” At this point, I was pumped. We got to the altar where the last Bible was open to Ephesians 5:25-27, “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of the water of the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” Once he read the last verse, he told me that he wanted to lead me to the cross every day and that he loved me. He grabbed the ring from the church pew and got down on one knee. Kyle and I had not told each other we loved each other the whole time we dated so I think I was more excited to tell him I loved him than I was him actually proposing! It definitely made the moment that much more sweeter and special! We were then greeted by our families at Kyle’s brother’s house and got to celebrate. It meant so much for my family to be there! I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal. I am so thankful for a guy who is so thoughtful!”IMG_0178IMG_0364IMG_0405 IMG_0329 IMG_0304IMG_0390 (1)IMG_0521-2 (1)IMG_0537 (1) IMG_0521-2Rachel and Kyle, you guys are dear to my heart and I will be forever thankful that God brought you into mine and my families lives!  The love you guys have for Jesus and the love that you share for each other is so encouraging! I’m very thankful to capture these images and celebrate this special time with both of you!!
To see more from Rachel and Kyle’s engagement session, click here!
Haley & Jarred {Engaged}

“His proposal was the sweetest moment in my life!” – HaleyIMG-15IMG-16 (1) This precious girl has been in my life since she was a little girl! Haley is one of my sisters best friends, so I have witnessed many special moments in her life and this Saturday, May 10, 2014, I get to document the next sweetest moment in her life!IMG-18 IMG-19While attending Auburn University, God placed the guy she would spend the rest of her life with as her neighbor, living right across the street from her! I met Jarred for the first time at their engagement session and he made a great first impression! They are perfect for each other and share a sweet, sweet love for one another!IMG-33 IMG-53 IMG-56 (1)IMG-61 IMG-63 IMG-66What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? We really enjoy the sunshine and being outside. One of our favorite things to do is to go to the lake. Jarred and his family have a house on Lake Wedowee so we have enjoy visiting there during the summer months.IMG-72 IMG-83 IMG-86Haley’s describes Jarred as….handsome, patient and loving

Jarred describes Haley as….beautiful, compassionate and forgivingIMG-93 IMG-103 IMG-110Haley and Jarred, my prayer for you is that you keep God as the center of your marriage and glorify Him in all that you do! May the love you have for Him and for each other grow daily! I wish you the happiest “Happy Ever After” and am honored to document your day this Saturday!

To see more from their session click here.IMG-89 (1)

Sara Elizabeth & Chase {Engaged}

IMG-104I truly love my job because of the people God brings into mine and my families lives! I am so thankful to get to share in such sweet moments with couples and families, such as Sarah Elizabeth and Chase.  I was a photographer under cover when Chase proposed to Sarah Elizabeth this past fall, and it was one of the sweetest proposals ever (more on that below)!  Fast forward a few weeks later, it was time to book a photographer and they chose me! I love that they found David and I as the perfect fit to be their wedding photographers!  They are an amazing couple and their families are just as awesome too – again, thanking God for bringing such sweet, Jesus-loving people into my life!  This engagement session was just as awesome as it looks – beautiful sunny weather in January, lovely sunlight, and the sweetest couple to photograph.  I should probably mention it was a little chilly, but thankfully the sun warmed us up a bit and the chills didn’t bother Sarah Elizabeth & Chase as you can see in their images! I was so thankful to get to photograph their session in Santa Rosa Beach at Eden Gardens and Watercolor! They love 30a as much as I do and spend a lot of time there….it was the perfect backdrop for their session!se2IMG-135se3I absolutely love hearing how my couples meet and it makes me smile when the memory is so vivid as this one… from Sarah Elizabeth’s point of view, I bet she thinks of this every time she has ice cream : “Chase and I first met during Sunday lunch with our families at the country club. I was at the dessert table scooping ice cream for my anxiously-excited nephews, as Chase’s mother walked up alongside her handsome son and introduced us. Of course, not only was I a complete giddy mess, but my hands were also a mess from the ice cream. In courtesy of meeting someone, Chase immediately put out his hand for me to shake, and with the biggest, cheesiest grin you could imagine, you better believe I was eager to shake his hand!…only to quickly realize I had gotten ice cream on him! My nephews at this point had run off without my knowledge, therefore, I was a bit frazzled, eagerly dashed mid-sentence from the dessert table to find them in embarrassment, and left Chase standing there. It was definitely memorable, to say the least!”IMG-159 (2)se1IMG-167I could have written about their proposal without even asking Sarah Elizabeth since I was in the “planning” stages a bit with Chase, his mom and Sarah Elizabeth’s mom, but it’s much sweeter hearing Sarah Elizabeth’s version of the proposal:  “Chase and I were at the beach for the weekend with his family. On that Saturday afternoon, Chase suggested that we should head to the beach to watch the sunset before meeting everyone for dinner. He wads adamant about when I should be dressed and ready. I had not even considered the possibility that his plan was the perfect setup for a proposal, and honestly I spent the majority of our stroll there quizzing him on what we were going to eat at dinner. As we arrived at the beach and began to find the perfect spot in the sand, I soon noticed three precious kids getting their photos taken. I thought nothing of it and simply thought they were knocking out Christmas card pictures early. We were just about to start reading Gary Chapman’s book, “Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married” and in the middle of briefly flipping through it and discussing, Chase handed me his father’s old Bible to find a verse. I opened to where the Bible marker was placed (1 John 4:19) to quickly find Chase was on one knee and a ring tied to the end of the Bible marker ribbon! Though I thought the moment couldn’t have been any more perfect, the icing on the cake was realizing that it was all captured by a hidden photographer and our now precious friend, Candace Nelson, as well as the exciting news that both of our families were waiting to celebrate with us at a nearby location!”IMG-192 IMG-185 (1) IMG-184IMG-164IMG-197 IMG-201IMG-203 IMG-213 (1)IMG-211 IMG-216IMG-219 (1)Chase describes Sarah Elizabeth as loving, considerate and beautiful.  Sarah Elizabeth describes Chase as charming, kindhearted and thoughtful. Yep, I totally agree! They enjoy life and enjoy each other and they are a joy to be around!  It was an awesome engagement session topped off with dinner afterwards at Pizza By the Sea, another favorite that we both share!

To see more from their session, click here…I love the song I put with their slideshow, it’s so sweet and fits their love for each other perfectly!!

Sarah Elizabeth and Chase, I know your wedding day is going to be great because it includes the two of you!  I am truly looking forward to your day with you, your families and friends, July will be here before we know it!!!

Alex & Chance {Engaged}

IMG_0481This amazing couple is so perfect and so precious together! Alex & Chance met in the 3rd grade, became high school sweethearts and survived a long-distance relationship for the past 4 years; they have a love for each other like no other!! This is certainly a result of their faith and God’s perfect plan for them to spend the rest of their lives together! Alex’s family has been in my life ever since I can remember! She has 4 amazing sisters, and I am blessed to call one of them a best friend of mine! Alex is the baby of the family, and she is the last Graham girl to tie the knot! I am confident it is going to be a very special day celebrating the marriage of Alex & Chance with their amazing families and friends!

IMG_0449Alex1HOW DID YOU AND CHANCE MEET?  Chance and I met in the third grade, when we were both in Mrs. Curtis’s class. I was the girl with big thick glasses and Chance was the cute little boy who had just moved schools. I don’t really remember much from then, but Chance tries to tell me that I had a huge crush on him, way back then. Chance and I remained friends throughout elementary school and middle school. We started dating in March of our freshmen year of high school. We graduated high school and then moved on to college. Chance stayed in Troy and I moved away to Tuscaloosa, AL. Long-distance has made our relationship so much stronger. We learned to rely more on the Lord and not each other. We also learned to appreciate our time together more often.IMG_0422 (1)

IMG_0487Alex describes her groom as patient, caring and genuine; Chance describes his bride as beautiful, intelligent and honest.  They are both as loving as they can be and a joy to be around!! Alex2TELL US ABOUT THE PROPOSAL:  I was headed home from Tuscaloosa on October 10th, not expecting what was to come. My sister, Holly, just had a baby on October 2nd. Chance had been to visit Holly and Ellen in the hospital and had been to see them several times since being home from the hospital. None of this was a surprise to me, since Chance and I are both family oriented people. Chance loves my nieces and nephews and I’m pretty sure the feeling is mutual. (They are all about Chance). I talked to both Chance and Holly on my drive home, not knowing they were sitting right beside each other. Once I got home, Chance picked me up from my house so we could go see the kids. This was the normal routine for us because we typically always go see Holly and the children as soon as I get into town. On the way to Holly and Dax’s, I tried getting Chance to take me to Owen’s soccer game, since it had already begun, but he insisted that we go see Ellen first. Chance was very talkative the whole way to their house; however, I did not think anything of it. Of course I walked straight to the nursery to see Ellen. I leaned over in her crib; I did not see anything, picked her up and still did not see anything. As I was holding her, Chance said, “She is beautiful, isn’t she?” Agreeing, I looked down again, and there was the ring tied to a pink ribbon around her wrist. Chance was shaking as he tried to get the ribbon untied. He got down on one knee and told me “These past six years had been the best years of his life and that he wanted to spend many more with me.” He then asked me to marry him!IMG_0484IMG_0387Alex5IMG_0135 (1)Alex4IMG_0343IMG_0281 (1)IMG_0288Alex3IMG_0328

Their favorite things to do together are  go on dinner dates and spend time with their families.  That has to be the dream of every parent, to hear their grown kids say that!! They enjoy playing with their nieces and nephews every chance they get, which means lots of little people in this wedding!!!

Alex & Chance, thank you so much for choosing us to be your photographers!  You guys are amazing, I love the love you share together and I can not wait to be a part of your wedding day in June! To see more sweet moments from their engagement session, click here!