It's no secret that I LOVE photographing engaged couples at Nash Farm! It is open to the public, but it's never crowded, and my couples can snuggle and love on each other without a crowd of people walking by. The rolling hillsides and historic oak trees were enough to draw me in the first time I went, and the glorious early morning and late afternoon light keep me coming back again and again!
When Hannah stepped out of the car for her Nash Farm engagement session, I fell head over heels in love with her ruffle sleeved Betsey Johnson dress. I have known Hannah and her family since I was in high school, and she is one of the most kind-hearted, joyful, stylish young women that I know. It's no surprise to me that Sam fell in love with her so quickly!
One of the most beautiful and challenging things about marriage is that people are mutable. They constantly learn, grow, adapt, and change. The experiences and circumstances that we encounter on a daily basis - the joys and hardships, the victories and defeats, the celebrations and sufferings - change us, which is why it's so important that we choose to love our spouses daily. For a marriage to last, you have to love the person that you are married to today, even if that person looks different than the person you shared you vows with many years ago.
These two beautiful people are getting married in two days! Kory and his family are old family friends of my husband's, and he and Ainsley are tying the knot this Saturday in her hometown in Mississippi. Kory's best friend will be photographing the wedding, but he contacted me a few weeks ago to let me know that he and his fiance would be in town for a few days, and they were hoping that I could create a collection of portraits to celebrate their engagement. I had so much fun wandering around Nash Farm photographing them. They are so joyful and affectionate, and I LOVE what we were able to create together.
The frost crackled beneath our feet as we strode across the field and into the morning light. The scene before us brought to mind images of a sunrise in Hertfordshire and Matthew MacFadyen walking through the mist in his long coat and riding boots. The temperature hovered just north of freezing, turning our words into soft clouds as we spoke. Austin took Juliana's hand in his and pulled her close, hoping that his embrace and his nearness would keep her warm. The morning was cold, but the light - oh, the light - it was everything that I hoped for. It peeked timidly over the horizon when we arrived, but as we lingered near the creek bed the sun crept over the tree line and boldly proclaimed its presence. Its arrival chased the chill from the air and the frost from the landscape, bringing about a change that was as abrupt as it was beautiful. However, not even the sun's warmth compared to the tenderness shared between these two.
Austin and his family have been part of my life for many years, and when Robert and I were engaged Austin told him that his heart longed for a love like ours - planted in friendship, rooted in trust, and nourished by God's grace. When I see the way Austin looks at Juliana, I know that God has answered his prayers with a love that is deeper and more joyful than he could have imagined.
"You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love... I love... I love you."
If you come to visit the blog regularly, you may have noticed that this year I've been shooting quite a bit at Nash Farm. I don't know when it happened, but at some point this spring I just fell in love with this property. It is a historic civil war battlefield, but you'd never guess it when you look at it now. It's lush and green, and there are so many paths to explore. When Jamie and Kelsey asked me to help them choose an engagement session location, I couldn't help but recommend this place. I love it! And it's never more beautiful than at sunrise. This may be one of my all time favorite Nash Farm sessions, because we had the most warm, radiant light to work with. Not to mention, Jamie and Kelsey were so much fun to photograph! Kelsey says that Jamie hates having his picture taken, but I couldn't tell at all. He loved wrapping his arms around her and holding her close, and as far as I'm concerned, that's all it takes to make a beautiful photograph! It was a perfect morning.