June 17, 2016
Michelle and Nate met me for their engagement portrait session at Oatlands Historic House and Plantation during a time when we were getting 6 straight weeks of non-stop rain. We just happened to book our session on a day when the sun was shining bright and filtering through the trees in the most perfect way!
We quickly started talking about how they met and I watched them interact together as they started telling their story. They both lit up and smiled big while they talked about high school memories and how they knew of each other. However, they didn’t start to date until 2011, just after college graduation. While having similar groups of friends that hung out together, they eventually found themselves together again. Because they were friends before they started dating each other, they felt extremely comfortable when they were together and their relationship naturally fell into place. And on the one year anniversary of the purchase of their home, Nate planned a night IN (“Because you shouldn’t eat out on the anniversary of your home…”) and made plans for sushi from their favorite restaurant. Michelle and Nate had a wonderful dinner together that night, complete with their favorite wine – and shortly after eating Nate dropped down to one knee.
I absolutely adore hearing about how my couples met and how the proposal started!! It certainly put us off on the right foot for their engagement portrait session, as did the inspiration images Michelle sent me that inspired their location choice and her clothing choices. We walked all over the property that evening and had the entire place to ourselves. It really was a magical way to celebrate their engagement!
OMG, this one below has to be one of my all time favorites!! Her gown flowed in a way that made her twirling and walking photographs have so much movement!
Congratulations, Michelle and Nate!!! I’m already counting down the days until your wedding and I’m so excited for the chance to celebrate with you!
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