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engagement session w. anna howard studios

engagement session w. anna howard studios

Here we are...6 months out! I felt like it was finally time to share some of our engagement photos. When we had these taken, it was one of the most bitterly cold days that Atlanta saw all fall/winter. I even woke up the morning completely concerned about the winds, that were well over 20mph might I add, and seriously considered canceling the shoot all together. With knowledge that my dear friend and photographer, Anna Claire, was soon-to-be moving to California with her husband, I felt the push to say, "Okay what is a little cold and wind going to hurt? Also, with the late November wedding date you chose, get used to it." So, with the love and support of Anna Claire and Rustin we decided to march on and get the photos done. 

Little did I know, the overcast clouds and wind would add more than I could have ever imagined. You never really think about how uncomfortable you could possibly be in your engagement session until you're actually there. Or maybe you have...either way, let's all be honest, engagement sessions can be seriously awkward! I will preface this by saying ours was not for the most part, but it definitely took some warming up.

Throughout our past 3+ years of dating, Rustin and I have had too many "let's just stand here together and snap a pic to say we did". As I begin to pull photos for our Rehearsal Dinner, I do regret not capturing more of the silly non-posed moments, but hey...ya live and you learn, right? With that being said, and although most of these are posed, it is nice to finally have some decent photos of the two of us. 

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To my fiancé, thank you for taking this journey with me. Thank you for the daily belly laughs that keep me sane and level headed. I seriously cannot wait to be your wife. 

To Anna Claire, thank you, thank you, thank you. Your talent behind the lens is immeasurable. I feel honored that you captured these moments for us. Although we all froze, we still had fun and could not have done that day without your calmness and impeccable direction. 

To the future brides/current brides to be, consider letting your groom a little boozy before...it will definitely help him loosen up and even add a little color to the cheeks ;)

All photos included in this post are only a beautiful selection from our amazing session with Anna Howard Studios.

Until next time,






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the tastings

the tastings