Six years ago, when Natalie agreed to tag along with a friend, her friend’s friend, and her friend’s friend’s friend (you still with me?), she had no idea her life was about to change forever. She had just gotten out of a serious relationship and had banned dating. But “hanging out” wasn’t against the rules, so she agreed to go out.
Casey, too, had just ended a serious relationship and had no intentions of jumping right back into one. But one look at Natalie quickly changed his mind. She walked out of her front door, and with one glance, Casey turned to his friend and said, “dude, she is mine.” Apparently, Casey liked what he saw and he put a plan in place to make sure Natalie knew it. Later that evening, he got Natalie’s phone number and soon after, they were on their first date. They went fishing. (a fairly appropriate thing to do on a first date when you live in a town called Mechanicsville.) Natalie and Casey’s first date was in August of 2007. They have been together ever since.
Earlier this year, Casey planned a “date night” for the two of them. The plan was to head to Bookbinders for a nice dinner alone. Natalie had been crazy busy with work, final projects for school, and getting ready for boards. To be honest, she was not interested in a night on the town, and she was definitely not interested in dressing up for it. However, Natalie knew Casey’s work hours were about to get insane and she didn’t want to miss out on this last “date night” for the next month. Natalie threw on some dress pants and a nice shirt and headed out the door. After ordering a ton of food and drinks, they ordered dessert. While waiting for it’s arrival, Casey took Natalie’s hand and began to share the depths of his soul with her. He spoke of his love for her…of his hopes for their future… of his confidence in their relationship, knowing it would stand the test of time just like the older couple at the table nearby. And then, in front of the entire restaurant, Casey knelt on one knee, took a diamond ring out of his pocket, and asked Natalie to be his wife. Natalie couldn’t have been happier to oblige.
Natalie and Casey,
You guys are the best! You hung in there with me despite the rain, and besides the fact that your engagement session was probably one of the longest engagement sessions ever, you smiled through it and did everything I asked you without complaint. I hope you are as happy with the results as I am. The two of you are a joy to be around, and I cannot wait until your wedding next year! Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share in this wonderful time with you. Much love, M 🙂
Now, before we go any further, let me just say that I am in love. Totally head-over-heels in LOVE…. with this couple and with this session. So, I apologize in advance for my inability to choose a reasonable amount of favorite images. This post is jammed with amazing light and amazing love. I hope you enjoy this session as much as I do! We had to work around the hour of rain, so we decided to not waste the time and start in the barn.
One of the things Natalie loves most about Casey is his beautiful blue eyes. But take a look that Natalie’s eyes. Gorgeous.
There are those baby blues! Looking good, Casey!
I’m wondering if they even knew I was under the same roof…
I think we can all agree that it’s pretty obvious that this man ADORES this woman.
Waiting for the rain to pass.
You did good, Casey. The ring is stunning.
The soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Sipe.
And then the rain stopped. Finally. And we wondered out into the pastures. This is when I tell you how thankful I am for all the people who allow me to use their property for sessions when they have never met me before.
Loooooooove this image.
The best thing about rain during a session? When the rain stops and we get a rainbow!
There’s that fantastic light I mentioned. Gah!
The next series of images is the reason I love sunset photos. Check them out.
So, so beautiful!
And Casey, you aren’t so bad yourself… especially in your favorite camouflage hat.
So, this location was not planned. Casey mentioned that he knew of a spot where there was water. Of course I am always up for an adventure, so I didn’t argue. But when we arrived and I saw that he gave me water, weeping willows, AND sunset, I decided Casey was my new location scout. I suppose I should let him know.
Happy Monday, late-nighters!