I first met Blake and Chelsea back in May at Kevin and Haley‘s wedding down in Auburn. They were guests at the wedding I was shooting. My dear, sweet former bride, Heather, introduced us. I fell in love with Blake and Chelsea instantly! And I found out that they had just gotten engaged the week before in Charleston and I got to hear their incredible engagement story! We made plans to chat more about their wedding plans after the wedding was over…
Fast forward a few days, I had the honor of officially becoming their wedding photographer. Fast forward a few months, I had the honor of photographing their engagement session in the beautiful Mountains in North Carolina. The day before the shoot, we (along with Blake and Chelsea and their amazing parents) arrived at the stunning former Bed and Breakfast, now wedding venue, Hawkesdene, to enjoy some down time before the shoot. We stayed in one of Hawkesdene’s many cottages and were blown away by how nice, beautiful, comfortable, and gorgeous everything was! We felt like royalty! And don’t even get me started on the surprise lunch out on the patio that owners Rob and Phil prepared for us. It was one of the most beautiful, fun, enjoyable, and relaxing experiences we’ve had in awhile — and that is no exaggeration. Thank you, Rob and Phil, for being such gracious hosts and for making us feel at home. And thank you Blake and Cheslea, Mr. & Mrs. Spratlin, and Mr. & Mrs. Prestridge for making this experience so much fun! We loved every single minute of hanging out with you guys!
Not only was our shoot location, Hawkesdene, absolutely stunning, but we also had the most beautiful weather imaginable!! We were so thrilled! We also had some pretty awesome backup models — llamas and alpacas :) And last but not least, Blake and Chelsea absolutely rocked every minute of their shoot. We had a blast walking all around beautiful Hawkesdene taking photos and just laughing and laughing. We made wonderful memories that day!
I am so excited to share some of my favorite photos from their shoot with you. It’s taking everything inside of me not to share every. single. photo. Haha! Enjoy this [not so] small sampling of some of my favorite photos from Blake and Chelsea’s shoot!
Chelsea used to come to Hawkesdene as a child and would play on and around this little bridge. It was so fun to go back and take her engagement photos there! :)One of my favorites! Love this! Obsessed with this one! Llamas and alpacas!! :) I’m seriously obsessed with Hawkesdene…We rode up to the top of the mountain to get some photos overlooking the valley… Up until this point, the sun had been behind the clouds… but we were determined to get some sunset photos, so we waited and waited. I put Will in “sunset” duty while we continued taking photos in a different area. Next thing we knew, Will yelled “The sun!!!”, so we ran over and took as many photos as possible as quickly as possible. The sun only ended up being out for about 2-3 minutes, but we got our shots! :-D And just as soon as it came, the sun was gone again… A final nighttime photo after the sun was gone… the perfect ending to a perfect day :)