“After all this time?” “Always” // Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
There’s something to be said for couples who have stuck it out together and been together for quite some time before getting engaged. I can’t speak much on the subject because my husband and I are crazy people and got engaged only five months into dating and then married on our first anniversary. But I always admire couples who have put in three, five, ten years into their relationship before deciding to tie the knot. It shows beautiful dedication to one another that prepares each other for a lifelong commitment.
Cara and Aaron have loved each other for over five years and have known each other since 2006! They met through a mutual friend in high school and started becoming close friends during their senior year and freshman year of college. They felt the connection but with Aaron moving to IU Bloomington and Cara still at IUPUI in Indianapolis the timing just wasn’t right. Finally when the timing was right during their junior year they decided the distance was worth it and started dating and making the trip... or more, trips... to see each other weekly.
After graduation they spent many more years together until Aaron decided to plan the perfect holiday engagement while visiting Cara’s family in her hometown of Augusta, Georgia. Aaron knew of Cara’s obsession with her hometown and knew that this was the perfect place for a proposal. After getting permission from both of Cara’s moms they decided to take a stroll down memory lane visiting all of Cara’s favorite spots. Walking down the Riverwalk Canal along the Savannah River Aaron decided it was the perfect place to pop the question. And after all this time, he got down on one knee and asked her. According to Cara, “It was perfect.”
The two were absolutely amazing rockstars during their engagement session! I’ve known Cara for years since we worked together at Panera way back in 2007! And although I won’t be photographing their wedding I was absolutely thrilled to photograph their engagement session! We had a stellar sunset and gorgeous weather! Which is great because it was a reschedule from a rainy date and I’m so glad we rescheduled because it turned out absolutely perfect!
We started off the session in the adorable little Downtown Pendleton. I love it down there. It’s so quaint and wonderful. Cara said it reminded her a little of her old hometown Augusta that she loves so much. I think it was a good choice.
Cara and Aaron are AVID Harry Potter fans. Which is a nicer way of putting it than she did which was “We’re Harry Potter freaks!” Haha! They really are big fans and they definitely brought their wands and house scarves. And when you have Voldemort’s wand and the Elder wand you most definitely have to have a wand battle. Oh, and get a couple ring shots on the wand. Yep. It happened. And it was perfect and totally fulfilled my love of all things nerdy and geeky!
After the epic wand battle (I’m not really sure who won) we finished up a few more photos in Downtown Pendleton, did a costume change, and then headed out to some of the beautiful open fields in the area plus Falls Park. I was absolutely OBSESSED with this field of yellow flowers. It made me want to lay there and read a book or something. If only I wasn’t allergic to the planet...
This is probably my favorite photo from their session. It’s a tough call but I love everything about this photo.
We finished out the session on this awesome log with the sun setting behind them. It’s pretty much everything I could have asked for and more!
Thank you so much Cara and Aaron for having me photograph your special engagement session! Thank you for being uniquely you and allowing me to document your love! I wish you all of the best at your wedding I know it’s going to be a beautiful day and that you two will have a blast! Many years of love, happiness, and Harry Potter marathons I know will be had!
P.S. Aaron, thanks a lot but now I’m addicted to Broad Ripple Chip Co.... you’ve created a monster! Thanks for bringing me a snack after the shoot, you really know the way to my heart! Food!
Cara + Aaron
Wedding Date | November 5th, 2016
Wedding Venue | Union Chapel Methodist Church + Indianapolis Marriott North