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If you are anywhere outside of the West Coast, from what we hear, it’s actually winter. While temperatures up in the 70′s seems idyllic, trust me when I say we actually miss wearing boot and scarves and experiencing at least a little winter. (I know…I’m complaining about perfect weather. Feel free to be annoyed). But all that to say, we thought this winter engagement session by Jeff Sampson Photography was absolutely adorable! Nick and Rachel actually live where there’s a real winter (this impresses me) and they partake in these sorts of chilly activities. In fact, according to Rachel, Nick is an avid fisherman, so it makes perfect sense that they brought their photographer along to capture a “day in the life”.

Wedding Blog Nick and Rachels Ice Fishing Adventure
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Wedding Blog Nick and Rachels Ice Fishing Adventure

Wedding Blog Nick and Rachels Ice Fishing Adventure

Wedding Blog Nick and Rachels Ice Fishing Adventure

Wedding Blog Nick and Rachels Ice Fishing Adventure

How did you two meet and become engaged?

Nick and I met in 2001 during our first week of college at South Dakota State University. However, it was not until 2011 that we dated and fell in love. Nick and I had many mutual friends so our paths crossed many times throughout the years. After college I went to Nebraska and Nick stayed in South Dakota but each summer our group of friends would all get together to go camping. The 2011 camping trip was held at Shade Hill Reservoir in Lemmon, SD and, of course, we both attended. During a late night boat ride Nick professed his love and attraction. There had always been an attraction between us but at that moment I found out what it meant to be swept off my feet. After 8 months of a long distance relationship I moved to be closer to Nick and 8 months later said “I do.” On December 9th, 2012 Nick took me to Falls Park to look at the beautiful Christmas lights. It was a freezing cold night, so cold that no one else even got out of their vehicles to walk around. Nick and I walked around until we were in front of the falls. The moment Nick proposed was picture perfect, minus the subzero temperatures.

Wedding Blog Nick and Rachels Ice Fishing Adventure

Wedding Blog Nick and Rachels Ice Fishing Adventure

Wedding Blog Nick and Rachels Ice Fishing Adventure

Wedding Blog Nick and Rachels Ice Fishing Adventure

Wedding Blog Nick and Rachels Ice Fishing Adventure

Wedding Blog Nick and Rachels Ice Fishing Adventure

Wedding Blog Nick and Rachels Ice Fishing Adventure

Wedding Blog Nick and Rachels Ice Fishing Adventure

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Meredith and Tyler’s engagement session comes with a story as sweet and love filled as their photos. Heather Payne Photography is one of our recent favorites, and we absolutely adore how she captured the spirit of their love and the day they spent together! Read on for a few tears!

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session
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From the bride, Meredith:

“Thank God for mutual friends on Facebook! Being from different towns, with different lifestyles, we may never have met! Tyler and I had secret high school crushes on each other that were known only by a select few. We both went off to college in different states, but different circumstances brought us back to our hometowns. One day Facebook suggested that I send Tyler a message and see how he was doing. I was so glad I did. We began talking daily, but it took over a month before we would begin to spend time together. After the first night, I knew I would marry him; it took some convincing for Tyler. We spent the majority of our relationship living in different towns, as Tyler had a job opportunity that relocated him an hour away just four months into our relationship. Things were challenging, but “nothing worth having comes easy”.  And while it wasn’t easy, we worked daily to make sure we continued to grow together in our love for each other.

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

Skip ahead three and a half years while on family vacation we take every summer with Tyler’s family and friends, Tyler asked me to marry him. The proposal did not go quite as Tyler had planned, but it was beyond perfect for me. Tyler hoped to take me to an aquarium (I love aquatic life) and have the scuba diver hold up a sign asking me to marry him. To his surprise the aquarium had to be notified two weeks in advance; Tyler did not have that much time. Thanks to two of our friends, Tyler was able to propose at the Garden City Pier in Garden City, South Carolina, a regular childhood vacation spot. While walking from the car to the pier, Ashley, his God sister, pointed out a photo booth in an arcade to Tyler as a suggestion, by this point he had no clue how he was going to propose. I had no idea about anything, so Ashley and I went and “practiced” taking pictures in the photo booth. After asking a few times Tyler, not being a big picture taking person, agreed to have his picture taken in the photo booth with me. While I was trying to put money into the machine (it took more than one try) Tyler took out the ring. Still unaware, I sat down and when I turned to look at Tyler before the first picture was taken, I saw the ring he was holding, he asked me to marry him, and of course I said, “YES!” The pictures from that photo booth are a little off center but they are the best pictures we have every taken together. We have our proposal in black and white to cherish for the rest of our lives.

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

When deciding to have engagement pictures I was not too excited, but Tyler finally convinced me to have them taken. We wanted classic photos that could be framed as art throughout our home and never go out of style. When I saw Heather Payne’s work, I knew she was the perfect fit for us. I didn’t know why, but the colors and details in all of her photographs were so rich and true to life. We decided to leave the details up to her and we were not disappointed. Heather had always wanted to shoot an engagement session at the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina and thought that would be the perfect place for us. Not wanting a lot of the house in the pictures, she married her artistic eye with our classic style and took it to the next level of perfection. Heather captured every detail, each emotion and classic photographs we wanted. “

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

Wedding Blog Meredith and Tylers Biltmore Estate Engagement Session

Vendor: Photography: Heather Payne Photography // Location: Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

Merry merry Christmas, darlings! We hope this week is full of joy, love, and calories! To send you off into the holiday, we’re sharing with you Ryan and Jeanne’s sweet Christmas engagement session that took place at Daniken Tree Farm. Our favorite, Clary Pfeiffer, shot these beautiful images!

Wedding Blog Christmas Engagement!
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Wedding Blog Christmas Engagement!

Wedding Blog Christmas Engagement!

Wedding Blog Christmas Engagement!

Wedding Blog Christmas Engagement!

Wedding Blog Christmas Engagement!

Wedding Blog Christmas Engagement!

Wedding Blog Christmas Engagement!

Anto and Simone live in Verona, Italy and fell in love in high school. Their photographer, Stephanie Williams of This Modern Romance told us these two are the sweetest together and are the epitome of young love and romance. The town of Verona was super crowded the day of their engagement session because of a festival, so they had to duck into small streets and alleys to avoid the crowds. Oh to be Italian!

Wedding Blog Young Love in Verona
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Wedding Blog Young Love in Verona

Wedding Blog Young Love in Verona

Wedding Blog Young Love in Verona

Wedding Blog Young Love in Verona

Wedding Blog Young Love in Verona

Wedding Blog Young Love in Verona

Wedding Blog Young Love in Verona

Wedding Blog Young Love in Verona

Vendors: Photography: This Modern Romance // Hair and Make-up: Giulia Balestriero

Today’s feature is everything Lady Grey. From the unexpected engagement ring and the poppy lip color to the gold wedding dress and festive donuts. And clearly that bouquet had us at hello. It’s a little whimsy, and a little feisty; playful yet elegant. We can’t be more excited to share this collaboration between photographer, Sara Hasstedt, event designer Ashley Nicole, and floral designer Cori Cook.

Wedding Blog Glam Bridal Shoot by Sara Hasstedt
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Wedding Blog Glam Bridal Shoot by Sara Hasstedt

Wedding Blog Glam Bridal Shoot by Sara Hasstedt

Wedding Blog Glam Bridal Shoot by Sara Hasstedt

Wedding Blog Glam Bridal Shoot by Sara Hasstedt

Wedding Blog Glam Bridal Shoot by Sara Hasstedt

Wedding Blog Glam Bridal Shoot by Sara Hasstedt

Wedding Blog Glam Bridal Shoot by Sara Hasstedt

Vendors: Photography: Sara Hasstedt // Hair/Makeup Stylist: Amie Belden from Matthew Morris Salon // Event Designer: Ashley Nicole Events // Floral Designer: Cori Cook Floral Design // Dress Store: A & Be Bridal Shop // Dress Designer: Sarah Seven // Bow Engagement Ring: Kate Spade // Sunglasses: Coach from Colorado Eye Center // Necklace: J. Crew