Yesterday we took our engagement photos and it was incredible. This has been the one part of wedding planning that I have been looking forward to the most. Most photographers hate being in front of the camera...that's why they stay behind it most of the time. But ironically I actually love it. Ashley from Ashley Fisher Photography says it best, photos are proof you've lived and loved. Let's take a minute and really think about that. That's how incredibly powerful images. I'm currently writing this blog post at midnight because I couldn't sleep and my mind just kept thinking. So my apologizes for the scatteredness (look now I'm just making up words) of it all.
When people ask me about our wedding they the 2nd question everyone always asks is who is going to be your photographer? Or was it a hard decision choosing a photographer? And actually it was quite easy. I first found Scotty of Scott English Photography after he did a photographer friend of mine's wedding and I was instantly in love with their photos and Scotty's style. You could just feel the love and happiness exuding from their images (see their engagement session or wedding). I was pretty much sold right then and their that he would be our photographer and the more I saw his work the more I fell in love with it. We booked him and our videographer Erica of Erica Marr Films last July...that's right, a year and a half before the wedding date. We booked them before we even had a venue because no matter what I knew that I wanted these two people to capture our day.
When scheduling our engagement photos we didn't really have any particular location in mind...well I didn't and Andy is pretty much just along for the ride :) So I left it up to Scotty and we ended up at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Superior. It was absolutely beautiful both the scenery and the experience. Scotty brought us together in the present moment and gave us the space to forget about everything else going on and simply allowed us to be who we are, which is more than I could have ever asked. We laughed, smiled, loved and even shed a few tears (well I did ;) And I got to love and snuggle on the person that I love the most in this world and have it documented. I haven't seen any of the images yet, but I know that I love them already because I still feel the emotions running through me. I know that they are going to images that have proved we lived and loved. They are going to be photographs that I look back on 50 years from now and remember how goofy, fun and in love we were when we were kids :) Which is more than I could have ever asked for. I walked away feeling so inspired about so many things and I will forever love Scotty and be indebted to him for what happened today.
So as I write this post at 12:30 in the morning with tears in my eyes, I feel beyond grateful to have found the one that I know I am supposed to spend the rest of my life with. I always felt this strange connection to Andy and I know now that it was God pulling us together.