Lauren & Colin || A Fall Engagement Session
Good morning sunshiney people and happy fourth day of December! I wanted to share a super sweet and beautiful fall engagement session that I photographed about a month ago; since Lauren and Colin’s wedding is taking place THIS weekend, and the weather has been deliciously fall-like, today is the day!
Fall is my favorite time of year for an engagement shoot
because you can be outdoors in the sun and wrapped up in a blanket romantically, or cuddling in your honey’s arms without fear of sweating through your clothing. I also prefer fall fashion to any other kind of fashion because I think it’s easier to get dressed if you’re having a bad closet day. Engagement session outfits in the fall are so cozy! I love guys who can pull off a good flannel, and I’ve never seen a girl look bad in an oversized, chunky sweater and scarf combination.
For Lauren and Colin’s engagement photos, we decided that we definitely wanted to be outside (you guys know I love me some delicious, sunshiney, natural light). They brought me up to Pine Mountain, to a friends “farmhouse” .. Okay, you guys. When I thought “farmhouse,” I thought log cabin in the woods, maybe some fields, lots of Georgia Pines in the background, maybe some red dirt, if we were lucky. I didn’t think acres of manicured, leafless lawns, monogramed hand towels in the restrooms, a kitchen Martha Stewart would be proud of, and gardens that would make my grandmother squeal with delight over. This place you guys. It was no freaking farmhouse.
The owner was graciously giving me a tour of the grounds, and she said, “I’m sorry my gardens looks so terrible, they just didn’t do well this fall.” WHAT?! I exchanged a glance with Lauren, and we both smirk and think the same thing: this could be in Better Homes and Gardens. Oh sweet lady, if you could see my garden you would be appalled. There was a lake, rows of muscadine grapes for me to get creative with, a chapel, horses — you name it, they probably had it at the farmhouse.
It was literally the perfect fall day coupled with the most perfect backdrop for their outdoor engagement photos.
When Colin arrived we were given the keys to a four person side by side (I’m sure there is a proper name for this buggy, but I don’t know what it is) and away we went! I really enjoy fall air on my face, because after a hot and sticky summer, it’s such a great change of pace to have a crisp breeze blowing through my hair. I think the air smells cleaner in the spring and fall, maybe I’m crazy, but the death and rebirth of the grass, trees and plants is by far, one of my favorite smells.
With Colin at the wheel, we did a much more extensive tour of the property and grounds. We came across so many gorgeous trees with their brightly colored leafs, a pretty little field with the most yummy and creamy sunset happening in the background and A FARM DOG! He stuck with us for the rest of our session and was maybe part of the reason that my cheeks hurt from so much smiling when it was time to go.
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A few other things that I loved:
-Lauren’s outfit choices. She rocked two really great sweaters - this awesome bold mustard colored sweater and a white cable knit. I LOVE a cable knit white sweater. Seriously, I have like four different cream or white cable knit sweaters.
-How tall Colin was. OKAY THIS WAS HARD TO LOVE, but I enjoy being challenged, and I have to think and work really hard when people don’t line up evenly. I get to be more creative with my photography, and let’s not forget to mention: Colin’s height made Lauren look extra petite and extra adorable (which she already is to begin with).
-The way Lauren and Colin looked at each other. I know I am the worlds biggest sap when it comes to romance, I get this all the time. After spending the afternoon watching these two snuggle into the romantic poses I was guiding them through, I was just about a puddle of mushy love on the ground.
I am so thankful that Lauren found me and asked me to be her wedding photographer. I knew the moment that I met Lauren that we were kindred spirits - we’re both NOT morning people, we are both perpetually late, we share a love for dogs and both our partners work in the same building at Fourth Ranger Training Brigade (and they know each other!). I can’t wait to photograph this sweet couple on Saturday! I know you guys will be following my behind the scenes, like you always do!