Christie contacted me last November to do an engagement session with her and her fiance, Dustin. Through emails since then, I've gotten to know them a bit as a couple. Christie is originally from North Carolina, which is where the two lovebirds will be tying the knot this summer. Regrettably, I will not be their wedding photographer, but whoever IS...is really lucky. The two met online through eHarmony. This is the second couple I've worked with who has met online! I love success stories like theirs. :)
One of C&D's first dates was at Shelter Gardens. So that is where we began our session.
They are just so darling and natural together.
Later while we were walking, Dustin let out a yelp. A bird had crapped on his head!!! He took it like a man though. And Christie and I agreed that it sucked, but we were glad it was him and not one of us! haha
Purples and pinks were everywhere. Such a wonderful springy palette.
They brought attitude.
and they brought love.
Christie had described Dustin in a previous email to me as "downright adorably handsome." And she was right.
This next shot was pulled off after a chorus of giggles...and a bit of paranoia as families were all over the park. But I'm glad it worked out because they fit so perfectly!
The "famous" schoolhouse...
And a different spin on a Darbi G. classic. (Many thanks to Dustin's artwork here...and to Christie's patience with sweating!!)
The two changed clothes...and we headed downtown, stopping at a debatably tacky mural. (the one on the right is a favorite!!)
And we thought we were done... but then on the way back to the cars, Christie and I eyed this bench...and Dustin fell victim to our desire to shoot a few more. And I'm soooo glad we did.
My absolute FAVORITE of the day!!!
And we'll close with a piggy-back ride...that gave Christie's sore feet some relief.
Christie & Dustin, I was so very fortunate to get to shoot your engagement photos. I wish you a wonderful last couple of months before you say "I Do"...and I wish you a beautiful wedding...and a blissful life together!