I 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!I 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!”I 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!” 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!!!
This 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!
HOW 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.
Alex 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!! TELL 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!
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!