I’ve said it before and I’ll never hesitate to say it again: one of my favorite parts of what I get to do is meeting some of the sweetest souls around, and I’m not even just talking about brides and grooms. The magical thing about wedding photography is that it’s a rare day that I don’t get to befriend family and bridal party members, too. Such was the case with Katie. I got to meet her and her sweet, intelligent, creative spirit while shooting an engagement session for our dear mutual friends and had the joy of getting to hang out with her again on their wedding day. What I didn’t realize that day was that I wasn’t the only person making friends in the bridal party…
Just on the other side of the aisle, Ben was a dapper groomsman for one of his best friends since childhood, noticing the beautiful bridesmaid who had been best friends with the bride since childhood. Ben and Katie starting talking that day, and never seemed to find a good reason to stop. ;) Ben joined Katie and her family for a weekend on the beach in Ocean City after the wedding, and it didn’t take long for the two to realize that this was something really real.
A year later, Ben joined Katie’s family on that same beach trip, but this time he didn’t have any question about whether or not Katie was the girl for him. So, with ring in hand, he got down on one knee at the Ocean City pier and asked Katie to spend the rest of their lives together! I am so excited for these two to be engaged and just as thrilled to get to be the one to capture their love! There really was only one place that would be the perfect location for their engagement session, so we spent an afternoon exploring all over OCNJ, and dangit you guys, New Jersey did NOT disappoint! We were blessed with perfect weather and the most beautiful sunset that kept me gawking all evening.
With these two basically being model material, there was no question that I was in for a beautiful session, but there’s something about their real, tangible love that you just can’t beat.
Absolutely beautiful, y’all.
Gah!! Perfection you guys!
Stopped inland for a minute to find a cute house! And a great car ;)
And then we drove back out… to this. Be still my heart.
Katie’s ring is such a STUNNER! Can you believe that it was Ben’s grandmother’s?
I feel the need to tell you all that wrapping Ben and Katie in the blanket was entirely my idea…
…but it resulted in this image so I’m not even sorry at all ;)
That look… love this.
And can we take a moment for Katie’s gorgeous dress?!
Oh, just go AHEAD, you two! I love when a couple wants to take a few shots separately, but I especially love these, because Katie dubbed them “Old People Portraits,” for when you’re old and want a photo of your sweetheart when you were young! I love it and am totally stealing the phrase ;)
Oh, Katie. You are so beautiful, my friend.
Yeah, we were speechless, too.