Curtis + Lauren | Engaged

A Maymont Engagement Session

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When the first part of the first email talks about how a bride just got engaged to her high school sweetheart… it catches my attention. These two have dated LONGER than Michael and I did! We dated for 8 YEARS and Curtis and Lauren have us beat!! They met while working at Ukrops during their teenage years…. and now all of us Virginians are craving White House rolls and rainbow cookies… am I right?! Evidently White House Rolls are loved by their ENTIRE family because Charley (their cute pup) didn’t have a bag of Beggin Strips… he had a bag of chopped up White House Rolls instead!

Charley likes Cheez-its and Rolls and I thought to myself “I love this dog already!!”.  Charley has an abundance of energy but he did SO well during his portrait time. It’s not easy taking portraits of active puppies in the middle of Monument avenue around rush hour but thankfully, Lauren’s amazing Maid of Honor stepped in and helped!!

I loved getting to know these two. We walked into Maymont Park and I immediately gravitated towards these pink blooms in the trees. Blooms in JULY?! I’ll take it! The 55% chance of rain never affected us and we ended up having the most perfect RVA engagement shoot! I think what I love most about these two is that they have been together for so long that they are SO comfortable with one another.

Between the colors, the smiles and the backdrops, this is one beautiful shoot… if I do say so myself!! :) Enjoy and get excited for their wedding!!!!

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Oh la la! Love this bling!

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I love shooting in old places in new ways!

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Ohh I LOVE this one!

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— Katelyn

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