From the Photographer:
"Isaac grew up around St. Simons Island. So when they asked me to take their pictures...they immediately knew that they wanted the coast. We frolicked around Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island which is about 30 minutes from SSI. It was a windy and chilly day. But, they both were such troopers and the driftwood was an incredible backdrop.
Amanda, from New York, and Isaac from Georgia are the perfect match! College led Amanda down to North Carolina and her job shortly led her even more south to Georgia-- where she met Isaac. After they met and went on their first date, Amanda knew that she had fell for Isaac. Isaac also knew that he had fallen for Amanda. But, both didn't tell one another and had no clue leaving the date if the other would call back. Amanda knew he was special when they shared a love for literature and writing."
Photographer: Hillary Leah Photography LLC
Location:Driftwood Beach, Georgia
Beauty: Emma Collins Beauty
Abby and Drew's Proposal Story (as told by Abby):
"Growing up I always said I would never marry! Strange comment for the youngest of 5 sisters to say, I know. Too many girls I knew wanted to get married so young and it almost seemed like they stopped living, stopped traveling, and got too "busy" to see friends or even family at times. So I decided I would stay single and travel... Well, that all changed when I met Drew, the most fun, sweetest, adventurous, spontaneous cowboy firefighter I had ever met!
We met through mutual friends and casually talked at different occasions. He became close with my family and I. We started to hang out all the time even though he lived in Arkansas and I in Texas. I started to think of him more then just a friend. But I had no idea he felt the same way about me. You would have thought I got a hint that he liked me with how much he would visit, but I didn't want to get my hopes up! Well to make a long story short, we grew closer and closer as friends and that lead up to us starting a relationship!
Despite people saying long distance relationship just don't work out, we made sure we wouldn't let distance grow between us! He would come to Texas like every other week and I would go to Arkansas whenever I could. I graduated nursing school and got a job as a RN in Arkansas. We talked about getting engaged later that year so I had no clue of what was about to happen a month after I graduated nursing school.
Drew had come into town for one of his visits. We had planned a whole weekend of spending time together and doing different activities and such! Well Sunday evening he got a phone call from his work that informed him that he was needed at work the following day. To my disbelief, Drew said he had to leave first thing the next morning! I was beyond upset! Our plans for that day were ruined and he would have to leave cause work called him. I argued with him that no job could do that! Force someone to come in one their day off?! We talked for a while and I eventually calmed down but was still very upset at the whole situation. So early the next morning Drew was off to the fire station in Arkansas and I stayed behind feeling miserable. Drew told me I should plan something with friends since I had a day off and would be without him. My co-workers from work had also planned a picnic party for me celebrating graduating from nursing school and passing my boards exam. So I texted my best friend from nursing school and told her we should do something in the early evening before we went to the picnic my co-workers had planned for me. We planned a outing with another friend from school to celebrate passing the boards (NCLEX exam) and just to have a good time. So we dressed up and went out that evening! Drew insisted I wear a beautiful evening dress he got me and I found it strange how he was set on me wearing it but I still didn't have any clue of what that evening would bring. I told him I would wear it but would change before the picnic since it was more of a dressy evening dress.
So, we went out that night, my friends and I, and ate and went to see a movie and just had a fun time. Then it was time to go to the picnic. Drew had been messaging me from "work" and even sent me a selfie of him on the fire truck so I had no reason to believe he wasn't at work. I arrive at the picnic and had a great time talking with all my co-workers. All of a sudden one of them makes an announcement and says that they prepared a slideshow for me! I thought that was beyond sweet and was kind of curious as to what was on the slideshow. Everyone gathered around me as the slideshow began to play. Immediately my eyes fill with tears as I see Drew in the slideshow! He had made the most romantic video I have ever seen! At the end of the video, he held a sign that said "I Love You Abby...turn around sweetheart" .... When I turned around there he was standing! I've never felt so weak in the knees! My heart was racing! I was beyond excited and happy and shocked! He took my hand and asked me to take a walk with him. Around the corner was a field and the biggest carved wooden letters that he made which said "Will You Marry Me?!" There were candles on the ground that shaped a heart and we stood inside the heart as he knelt down and asked me to marry him!!!! It was all like. Dream!!! The moment I replied with "Yes!!!" fireworks went off! It was like a fairly tale movie!!!! When I looked down at my hand there was the ring that I had seen once and fell in love with but didn't want to say anything because I knew how much it cost! I would find out later on that he had sold his truck to buy that ring for me! The whole experience of our engagement was more then any girl could ever dream of! He made me feel, and still makes me feel like the most special girl in this entire world! It's impossible to describe into words that night!
"I'll never forget that night! It was the biggest and most amazing surprise I've ever experienced.... I went to what I thought was a party my co-workers were throwing for me for becoming an RN and the NCLEX, but little did I know that it was all a set up and would be the best night I had ever experienced!!! He put so much work into that night! It was better than anything I've ever seen or ever could have imagined!!! I am literally blessed with the best man on this entire earth!
I Love You Andrew Patton!!!"
Photographer: Tamytha Cameron Photography//Other Location:Cedar Hill Fire Department//Other:Penn Farm Cedar Hill State Park//
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From the Photographer:
"I love our city and all the stunning parks and mountains that surround it! But sometimes I feel like there are so many beautiful locations that we never get to explore and shoot in! So when Traci mentioned that they wanted their engagement session at Table Rock State Park because it represented a location that Traci and Shane both loved and enjoyed together we couldn't wait to explore and find the perfect spots to showcase their love and the scenic mountain views of one of their favorite parks. We started shooting a short distance into one of Table Rock's picturesque hiking trails that overlooks one of the many beautiful waterfalls at Table Rock. We even managed to get the waterfall to ourselves for their photos ... talk about perfect timing!! The weather for Traci and Shane's session called for sunny skies and wind and everyone loves the sunshine but not everyone has the same happy feelings about wind! But Traci picked out a perfect long dress for the occasion and although the wind kept wanting to change directions on us it made for some incredible photos blowing her dress! After we documented around the trails we made our way to one of the lakes that overlooks Pinnacle Mountain at Table Rock for some seriously gorgeous light as the sun set behind the mountains. The combination of the overgrown fields, stunning view and soft beautiful lighting at sunset definitely makes my list of favorite locations! As the sun went down we ended our time together on one of the docks overlooking the lake and even though I was sad to see our time end after getting to know these two over our two hours together it makes me even more excited for their wedding!"
Brendon Hession & Jordan Parks
Photography By: Rachel Graham Photography
From the Photographer:
These two met in the ticket line at the Atlanta Zoo. He proposed on her birthday (Sept 30, 2016) up in Kentucky where she was going to school. He took the day off of work to help her drive to Kentucky and he proposed inside her apartment the morning before they left! They traveled to Duke University, his Alma Mater, in Atlanta, Georgia for their engagement session.
Describe the ring and proposal:
"He proposed last year around this time, we were in Savannah the weekend of my birthday for the Rock n Roll half marathon, our first race together. After the race, he took me to one side of the park under a big oak tree. He gave such a romantic speech, which I almost ruined multiple times by interrupting him, and didn't realize what was happening until he got down on one knee. It was a complete surprise, and I just remember hugging and squeezing him forever afterwards! His sister got it all on video for us, which was an extra surprise for me. The ring is from Moseley's and Matt helped design it. We never talked about rings or went shopping, and I love that we did it that way. It just makes my ring that much more special to me."
From the Photographer:
Atlanta artist Katherine and Florida State University assistant football coach Mark wanted a clean and classic backdrop for their October engagement session. We met one chilly morning in the downtown square of Marietta, Ga and sought out just that. Keeping their session simple allowed us to focus on them as a couple and the love they share. Katherine was stunning in a maxi length white crochet dress. These two are getting married in New Orleans where the scenery is grand and over the top. So their neutral engagement session will be a perfect compliment as a timeless reminder of this exciting time in their lives. This engagement session is proof fancy props aren't needed for gorgeous images!
I met Matt when I tagged along with one of my best friends to a work happy hour. After a few flirting glances across the busy room, it didn't take long for Matt to ask for my number. Almost immediately we started dating. Just a few short months into dating, Matt asked me to meet him in Italy, while he was traveling for work. This is where we fell in love. Not only with each other but with all the beauty the country had to offer. We went back a year and a half later and that's when it happened. Matt popped the question at our hotel in Rome. It was so romantic it felt as if I were living in a movie! This summer our love story continues as we are heading back to Italy with family and friends to get married at a villa in Tuscany. As I'm sure you can imagine...I CAN'T WAIT!!!
Photo credits: Krystal Zaskey Photography