Carina and Matt first met at Penn State, and it didn’t take long for them to bond over their shared passion for Jesus and making music. It didn’t hurt that they shared the same hilariously deadpan sense of humor, either :) But it was the music that first gave them the excuse to spend time together. Sitting in Penn State’s Arboretum, watching the sun dip behind the mountains that surround Happy Valley, they’d play together, leading friends in spur-of-the-moment worship sessions. If that sounds like something kind of wonderful, that’s because it is. In fact, I remember one spring, walking through the Arboretum for a photography assignment and happening upon Matt and Carina singing together, and thinking how perfectly these two fit together. It’s something special to get to see this new chapter of their story now unfolding more than three years later, ready to start life together as husband and wife!
In fact, Matt proposed to Carina exactly three years after their very first date. Can we talk a minute about how impressive it is that he remembered that date!? Wednesday nights had become their regular date night, and the stars aligned as their regular date night fell on their first date-iversary—a connection Carina hadn’t realized. Matt took her to a nice dinner to celebrate their return from winter break, or so Carina thought. But when Matt insisted they take a stroll up to the Arboretum, past their favorite spot, on decently chilly January night, she thought maybe, just maybe… Matt stopped her at their favorite tree that overlooks the valley, and in that place where they’d play music together so many times, asked Carina to be by his side for the rest of their lives.
I couldn’t be more thrilled for these two incredible humans to be tying the knot! Not only are they two of the most genuine folks you’ll ever meet, they are also just so much fun. One thing I know for sure? Their lives are going to be absolutely filled to the brim with love, music and laughter. Sounds like a pretty beautiful life to me. Enjoy a few of my very favorites from their gorgeous Brookside Gardens engagement session, and get ready to see these two say “I Do” in less that two months!
The light! The sweetness!! Carina and Matt started their session out right!
Brookside Gardens, you’re kind of magical.
Confession: I smiled the whole time I edited this session. You just can’t see Carina and Matt and not smile at how much fun they have together.
Just a little mid-shoot jam session…
These two have been playing music together since before they were “official.” So of course we had to incorporate it into their photos.
Ohhhh boy. This RING! Matt knew what he was doing when he picked this beauty.
Just for funsies :)
Whew, Carina!! Legs for days, lady!!
Matt! Looking so good, sir.
The sweetest, y’all…