Monday, July 22, 2013

Danielle's Plantation Bridal Portraits- Rosedown, St. Francisville, LA

Danielle wanted a plantation feel for her bridal portraits. We were fortunate to find the hydrangeas in full bloom! There were two types- some tight blue ones, and some looser-flowered blue ones.

Danielle is a planner, a christian, an organizer, and a sweetheart. She had the most organized wedding notebook I've ever seen. If only I had half her organizational skills, my life would be.... well, different. Maybe I'd just be more stressed out over everything. I don't know- it's hard to imagine being as much of an organizer as she is. I kind-of enjoy the artist life, and that's why I have Natalie to organize things in my office. I hope my daughter will be an organizer! She already sometimes likes to keep things in their place (as much as a 3 year old can).

Danielle's wedding was this past Saturday at Judson Baptist Retreat Center, where she and Matthew met a few years ago.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rivers and Thomas's Farm-themed engagement pictures- Frogmore Plantation, Vidalia Ferriday, Louisiana

Engagement, to me, is such an interesting transitional period. It's not married, and it's not single, and it's not just dating. It's a "mostly committed" stage, that can still be exited if necessary. I've met couples who take engagement very seriously and hurry toward the wedding, and then I've met others who have long engagements and aren't in any hurry to get married. My engagement was short and sweet- two short months.  He made sure to not ask until he was ready to be married. I had some ideas of what I wanted the wedding to be like before Josh popped the question, but when he asked and I accepted, we got married two months later. We had already talked about getting married before the ring, and for us, it was a serious "let's do this now" thing.

 How much of a commitment do you think accepting an engagement ring should be? Should it be a firm promise, or should it be a lighter, less-serious, "let's start planning a future wedding in a year or two" agreement?

On another note....
Thomas proposed to Rivers in a photo booth- like, they pushed the "take pictures" button, he popped the question, she said yes, and the photo booth is taking pictures the whole time. So, I asked Rivers what face they both had in that last picture in the photo booth, and they showed me.

Rivers and Thomas are having a Natchez, Mississippi wedding, and they had some connections at Frogmore Plantation. It was an awesome place to take pictures with a rustic background. Thomas works in farming and has all his life, so I wanted to incorporate that into the shoot. Rivers will have to deal with him being gone a LOT during planting and harvest seasons.

When I asked them if they'd like to kiss during the engagement session, they told me that they always kiss before they leave a room. I think that's a pretty neat tradition to have, and a good habit within a marriage!

So, we tried to get Thomas's dog to hold the ring on his nose. He'll usually do it for treats, but he apparently knew that he wasn't going to get to eat the wedding ring, so he wasn't too interested in holding the ring.

The replicated photo booth engagement picture. Priceless.

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