We are so very excited to be sharing some of our favorite images from Melissa & Adam’s This is Us engagement session today! One of our very favorite things about engagement session is when we can collaborate with the couple to incorporate something that has meaning to them and their relationship, to be able to capture a little glimpse of what life looked like for them before they were married. So when they look at their photos, they think “this is us.”

Melissa and Adam are so intentional about their relationship, and about remembering their story. Which I absolutely love! So when we were brainstorming for their engagement session, Melissa shared with me the story of “that Saturday.” Everyone has that day…you know, the day when you when you knew things were real, that this was was a relationship that was meant to be. For Melissa, that day was a Saturday that started with Adam showing up with a cup of coffee before they went for a walk around downtown Franklin, then driving various scenic backroads, before ending up with a farm that has a special significance to Adam’s family and now to Melissa & Adam’s relationship. We were able to tie that in to their session (including one of their favorite past times: playing backgammon!), and I just love that we were able to create these images for them in places that have so much meaning to their relationship! Not to mention, we managed to have the most gorgeous fall weather, and just had so much fun hanging out with these two and having time to create!

Best way to end a session!

Congratulations again, Melissa and Adam! We absolutely can’t wait to document all the joy of your wedding celebrations in April–it’s going to be here before we know it!

Thank you all for stopping by the blog!  Hope everyone is having a great week, and congratulations to all the recently engaged couples out there starting out on their wedding planning adventure! If you’re looking for natural photos of real moments for your wedding day, we’d love to chat with you!

REAL – NATURAL – JOYFUL
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Hello, everyone!

Continuing our recapping of engagement sessions from last fall, today we’re excited to share more of David and Elizabeth’s mini Nashville engagement session! We love all engagement sessions, but it’s extra special when the people we are photographing happen to be family! David is my cousin, and growing up we all lived about 5 hours away from each other, but in the last few years, several of us have ended up in the Nashville area, which has meant lots more hanging out. We were all so excited when David and Elizabeth decided to tie the knot! These two are so fun together, and just enjoy hanging out and doing life together (along with their two dogs)! We did their session in downtown Nashville, including a stop by the Ryman, where they had their first date!

On to a few of our favorite images:

Congratulations again, David and Elizabeth!! We can’t wait to celebrate with you all soon, and to welcome Elizabeth officially to the family!! <3

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Breaking up our engagement session recaps today to share some more adventure photos, this time from our trip to Iceland from 2015! I shared some of our favorite images from Scotland last week, and after we left Scotland, we headed to Iceland for five days (highly recommend IcelandAir’s stopover flights!).

Iceland was unlike anything we have ever experienced before. By the end of the trip it was almost like our brains were shut down from overstimulation haha. Around every curve in the road was a new landscape that was completely unique and incredible. And the weather could change in an instant (for instance, it was clear when we drove up to the Dyrhólaey lighthouse, then we saw it was dark out over the ocean, and within minutes the wind was so strong we could barely stand and heavy snow wasn’t far behind!). Wild is probably the best word to describe Iceland.

After we landed, we drove to the town of Vik for our first night, home of the incredible Reynisdrangar rock formations. There’s one main road that goes around the entire country, and it’s unbelievable how many sights are just a short distance off the road. Giant waterfalls, glaciers, picturesque churches and homes, shaggy horses. So awesome. From Vik, we stayed several nights in Kirkjubæjarklaustur (Klaustur for short!) and made that our home base for our adventures. One of our favorite stops was the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where the glacier “births” icebergs out to the ocean. I’ll make note of some of our other stops under the corresponding photos below! It was snowier than usual for the end of March/beginning of April when we were there (we ended up pretty much stuck at the hotel one day while 10 inches of snow fell in one afternoon with heavy winds!), so we would definitely love to go back some time when everything is green and see all of these sites covered in moss instead of snow!

We only spent one night in Reykjavik, the last night of our trip. It’s such a colorful and beautiful city, but we were way too wiped out to really explore. We did, however, have some amazing coffee at Reykjavik Roasters (thanks to our friends Jenn & Dave for the tip, along with several other travel tips!).

The view as we were approaching to land–it looked like another planet!

Vik, Iceland

Skógafoss

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Svartifoss (Left)

Restaurant right around the corner from our hotel, which was a lifesaver!

Svínafellsjökull. Ok. This glacier was truly one of the most unbelievable things we’ve ever experienced. The power and energy from this area was overwhelming with it’s wildness and danger and beauty. As we pulled up, there was also a sign noting the disappearance of two German tourists, who had set out to hike the glacier in 2007, and disappeared without a trace, leaving behind their tents. It was not hard to believe it could just swallow you whole (we stuck to the dirt path, staying off the ice for sure!). This was also the filming location for part of the ice planet in the movie Interstellar.

Hiking back to Seljavallalaug, the hidden pool (thanks for the rec, Jenn & Dave!). Such a cool place! We didn’t get in the water (which was warm from the natural hot springs!), but still a cool stop. Not sure if we would have found this one without being able to follow the footprints in the snow of earlier hikers haha.

Seljalandsfoss

Gljúfrabúi: The Hidden Waterfall. Absolutely one of our favorite stops! A short hike from Seljalandsfoss is the hidden waterfall. Absolutely stunning at any time I’m sure, it was extra magical because every surface in the cave like area was completely covered in ice and ice bubbles. We had a short walk through the water to get in to the cave, then trying not to bust it on the ice and destroy any camera gear, so we didn’t get a ton of photos (and did get soaked from the spray haha!), but it was so gorgeous!

Reynisfjara

Reykjavik

Chris had been dying to try this beer (which we have since found at home!), and we finally tracked one down at the airport before we flew out!

Thanks so much for sharing in our adventures! We can’t wait to see what travels the next few years bring. What’s at the top of your bucket list? Are you a “stick to the favorites” kind of traveler, or prefer to always go somewhere new?

We have a few more sessions from last fall to recap still on the blog, so check back soon! Happy Monday!

Happy February, friends! I cannot believe it’s already February (although it’s feeling pretty solidly like spring in Nashville lately haha). Today we’re sharing some of our favorites from Seth and Taylor’s mini destination engagement session in Lexington, KY! This was such a surreal session, because I’ve known Seth and his family since he was teeny tiny, and also photographed his senior photos (which I just looked up–7 years ago!). Pretty sure that officially makes me old  😉  And now he’s getting married to the sweetest girl, and it’s just so fun to see them together as they get ready to start off on this new adventure! We met up for a short session to get some fun images for their save the date cards, and had such a great time. Seth and Taylor are so sweet together, and we can’t wait to document their celebrations with friends and family later this year!

Seth and Taylor-Thanks for hanging out with us and for being so awesome! We are just so excited for you both, and can’t wait to celebrate with you!!

Thank you all for stopping by the blog!  Hope everyone is having a great week, and congratulations to all the recently engaged couples out there starting out on their wedding planning adventure! If you’re looking for natural photos of real moments for your wedding day, we’d love to chat with you!

REAL – NATURAL – JOYFUL
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