August 22, 2020
I never dreamed when I met Chris last year that he and Kayla would choose me to photograph their engagement and wedding! I met Chris last year when he interviewed me for a segment on CBS 19 News. Hank (our rambunctious puppy) had been selected to be in Puppy Bowl XV on Animal Planet! After the interview, we chatted and he mentioned he was engaged to be married! In turn, I let him know I was a photographer. We chatted some more and I headed home with Hank! After leaving, I thought he would never remember me mentioning I was a photographer, but last January he contacted me about photographing his wedding! I was thrilled to hear from him!
The last five months have been interesting with an ongoing pandemic and I worried about what that meant for their wedding! Fortunately, everything is a go and we scheduled Chris & Kayla’s engagement session for August 1st at Ravens Roost!
July was unbearably hot and I was concerned Chris & Kayla would be miserable during their engagement session. Michael kept telling me it would be cooler there and I kept telling him, I hope so! Kayla and I discussed ways to keep them cool during their session! I was checking the weather the day before as was Kayla and we were emailing back and forth about what to do as the weather forecast was for scattered thunderstorms during the evening! We decided to go for it! And, I couldn’t have been happier with that decision! We had thunderstorms around our location but not where we were and it turned out to be cooler up there just as my husband predicted!
It was incredible to finally meet Kayla in person and to see Chris again! What is really cool about them is the similarities that Michael and I share with them! Chris is from New Jersey and Kayla is from South Carolina. Michael is from Jersey as well and I’m from North Carolina. It’s not exactly the same but pretty similar and I love that! Chris says his favorite beverage is unsweetened tea and Michael loves unsweet tea! Kayla’s favorite place to visit is the beach! That would be Michael’s favorite place to visit as well! Chris’ favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and I love all things peanut butter so Reese’s PB cups are one of my absolute favorites! Best of all, they are dog lovers just as we are! They have two senior dogs named Penny and Daisy!
I asked them to tell me about the day they got engaged and Kayla says, Chris planned a trip to Natural Bridge for them along with his cousin and god daughters. His family was going to distract her while he prepared to pop the question. Unfortunately, his family wasn’t able to make it but Chris and Kayla went anyway. Kayla says, “Chris and I took selfies and he awkwardly asked some stranger to take a picture”. She says, Chris got down on one knee to propose but forgot what to say. The stranger realized what was going on and captured it on video. When Kayla tried to say yes, her arm got caught on her sunglasses (because of her bracelets) and she says “it was awkward”. It all sounds very sweet to me!
Kayla and Chris were so fun during their session and although I told them it would feel awkward in the beginning, these two never seemed to feel that way! Needless to say, I cannot wait for their wedding! Enjoy!
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