2016 Favorites // Engagements

"Marry me, Juliet, you'll never have to be alone. I love you and that's all I really know. I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress. It’s a love story, baby just say ‘Yes.’” // Taylor Swift

Get hyped y’all!! It’s the second installment in the 2016 favorites blog posts! This installment?! ENGAGEMENTS!

In my opinion engagement sessions are a really important part of the wedding photography process. I love this chance I get with my clients to photograph them without all of the hustle and bustle of the wedding day. No timelines to adhere to. No bridesmaids fighting for attention. No mom’s worrying about family photos. No coordinators fussing about staying on schedule. Just me. My clients. My lens. And the sunset. In a location of their choosing.

 These are my top 5 reasons why you should have an engagement session:
  1. You Should Be Celebrating! You just got engaged! Celebrate it!
  2. They're Extra Personal! You can personalize your engagement session to match exactly who you are as a couple!
  3. Less Watchful Eyes! It's just me and you baby! No one else. Less awkward, more fun.
  4. You Get A Chance For The Best Light! Sunset time is the best time and you don't always get time for it on the wedding day!
  5. It Gives Us A Chance To Get To Know Each Other! A full two hours of my undivided attention to learn who you are and for you to learn who I am!

I’m so passionate about engagement sessions that I have them included in all of my packages. I also have recently written a blog post that goes into each of these five reasons more in depth. If you'd like to read more about my love of engagement sessions, click here.

In 2016 I got to work with some amazing couples. Some I’ve already photographed their wedding. Some I have not. I cannot wait to see what my 2017 weddings hold and I cannot wait to photograph more couples this year.

 

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Carmel Cool Creek Park Fall Sunset Engagement Session // Toni & Miah

“Come live with me and be my love, and we will all the pleasures prove. That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, woods or step mountain yields.” // Christopher Marlowe

Toni + Miah’s engagement session at Cool Creek Park in Carmel last fall was a dream come true! Gorgeous fall colors, a stunning sunset, and a beautiful couple in love. I met Toni + Miah through my past clients Mackenzie + Casey where Toni was a maid of honor and Miah so graciously helped and drove a golf cart to help guests!

Miah took Toni to a restaurant in Cicero last September for her birthday. Or so she thought it was just for her birthday. It was there, surrounded by family and friends down by the water Miah got down on one knee and proposed to Toni. There were tears, hugs, laughter, cheers, and clapping. It was pretty sweet, I saw the video!

It was a magical engagement session and since I was already booked for their wedding day Toni + Miah decided to do an associate shooting package where I will have the beautiful, amazing, and talented Rachel Law of Rachel Susanna Photography come in and photograph their big day and I will edit them. I also photographed their engagement session but Rachel so graciously assisted me! It was a fun evening!

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Colorful Downtown Indianapolis Fall Engagement Session // Kelsey & Drew

“If hope is life, then we’re the living... Here with you, the path has meaning.” // Worth the Wait by Milo

So today must be a Throwback... Tuesday? Because today I’m gonna show y’all some colorful magic I captured from last November of Kelsey + Drew in Downtown Indianapolis. We traveled all around City Way, around The Alexander Hotel, and Fountain Square capturing their love.

It was a snowy night in December of 2013 when Kelsey and Drew shared their first date. A first date perfect for two musicians Drew invited Kelsey to a show he was drumming in. Before the show they had dinner but it was during the show where Kelsey felt the magic. While Drew performed she watched in awe feeling like she was the only person in the crowd and he was performing just for her. Their love only grew over the next year and after a wonderful dinner at Eddie Merlot’s Drew brought Kelsey back to a white rose lined hallway to the presidential suite of The Alexander Hotel. It was here that Drew got down on one knee and proposed to Kelsey. After she said yes, Kelsey’s family joined them for celebratory drinks. After all of the anniversary and proposal festivities that evening were complete they had an engagement party at Kelsey’s parent’s house the next day!

These two have had such a fun and wonderful beginning that it was hard to top all of that with their engagement photos. It was a brisk day in November and Downtown Indianapolis was full of Colts fans. We worked our way through the crowds and made the best of what we had and I think we did a pretty darn good job. They said they liked color... they got color!! We started off their engagement session at a really cool record art display at The Alexander where they got engaged. Record art display for two musicians at the hotel they were engaged at?! Awwww yeeeeah!

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Zionsville Fall Engagement Session // Cara & Nick

Brisk air, fall colors, a sweet pup, and an adorable couple in love.

Last fall I had got to have a blast in the cold Midwestern air photographing two amazing people! I figured before I blog Cara + Nick’s wedding from last Saturday I would share their engagement session on the blog! First, they’re just too adorable to NOT share the blog. Secondly, its a nice way to reminisce on our first meeting last year before we look at their full wedding blog!

So there’s not MUCH to talk about because I’m gonna have PLENTY to say about these two tomorrow but I’m so excited to show you how adorable these two are.

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Indianapolis Mass Ave + Canal Engagement Session // Kelly & Brian

“Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested.” // Hunter S. Thompson

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing another engagement session winner from the Indianapolis Bride Expo! It was a wonderful evening hanging out with Kelly + Brian and their sweet pup, Chewie, and documenting their love! We went around to lots of fun places in Downtown Indianapolis. After a swipe right on Tinder turned into a date turned into a relationship this couple can definitely be considered a dating app success story!

While visiting Kelly’s hometown of Muskegon, MI the duo took Chewie for a walk in the woods along Lake Michigan. While on their walk they decided a selfie with the Chewster (that’s my new nickname for him...) was definite must. After they kneeled down to snap a photo with their dog Kelly stood up and Brian stayed on one knee. Kelly’s emotions were pretty apparent from the start. Out of shock and excitement she started crying and once Brian began to speak she immediately said, “I DO!” She didn’t even let the poor guy finish! One can just hope he finally got to say what he wanted to once the ring was on and all of the emotions died down!

Although their life together began downtown Kelly and Brian can now be found shopping for things for their new home in Broad Ripple, spending time with Chewie, or sitting on their deck dreaming of Lake Michigan, Nashville, Ireland, and cocktails!

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Falls Park Pendleton Spring Sunset Engagement Session // Kaitlin & Nick

“We’re all a little weird. And life’s a little weird. And when we find someone who’s weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” // Dr. Seuss

I’m pretty sure mutual weirdness is the common factor that the three of us all bonded over during Kaitlin + Nick’s engagement session through Falls Park and Downtown Pendleton. (#WeirdosForLife!) It was so much fun hanging out with them on that crisp and cold Sunday. The weather had a chill but the sun drenched the town in beautiful, golden, warm light. And you wouldn’t know it was cold because Kaitlin and Nick snuggled up in each other’s arms and made it look like one effortless evening.

Kaitlin and Nick met in the recreation center at Ball State University back when they were in college. Admittedly, Kaitlin said she was excited to have engagement photos done because they hadn’t had any photos taken of the two of them since college! As a photographer... I’m sure they saw my jaw hit the floor. I probably take photos of my hubs and I once a week! Either way we had a wonderful time walking around together and taking photos. And I think the proof is in the photographic pudding.

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Butler University and Mass Avenue Spring Engagement Session // Julia & Andrew

“As you walk down the fairway of life you must first smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” // Ben Hogan

A couple weekends ago I was fortunate enough to spend a cold and windy Saturday with my lovely clients Julia + Andrew for their engagement session at Butler University and downtown Indianapolis. Despite the chill in the air it was a wonderful time for the three of us to spend together as we walked around Hinkle Fieldhouse, Holcomb Gardens, and Mass Avenue for their engagement photos.

Julia and Andrew met the summer before freshman year of college at Butler. They both have a love of golf and were about to be on the golf team their freshman year. They met at a golf event and it was history from there! They dated all through college and now that they’re graduated and living together with their sweet beagle pup, Lilly, they’re about to start the rest of their lives together!

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Magical Spring Wildflower Sunset Engagement Session // Cara & Aaron

“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!

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