Metadata: Cassie and Kyle’s engagement photos by Kristen Ann Lenox of K Lenox Photography LLC at Alyson’s Orchard in New Hampshire
Engagement sessions are all about the couple – your story, love, goofiness – whatever you bring with you that day. For you, it is a day off from all that wedding planning and the time to slow your roll to spend some good time with each other. For me, on the other hand, it is a fun way to get to know you better before the wedding. I looove getting to know my couples! And honestly, it’s one of the best things about booking a session with me. When you book me for an engagement session, you don’t just get the photos! There’s a lot of food, drinks, laughter, and long chats that come along too!
As much as I want you guys to have amazing photographs for your social media accounts and your walls and albums, I also want to ensure that we connect before the session. Most of the time, engagement sessions turn out to be super fun and romantic, especially when we head outdoors (even when bees interrupt us, but more on that later!). Cassie and Kyle’s engagement session day was no different!
Cassie, the bride-to-be, is an oncology pharmacy liaison and Kyle, the groom-to-be, is a performance engineer at a tech company. And as their professions suggest, they are both super smart. The couple met through a mutual friend (who is still very close to both of them to this day!) who was dating Kyle’s close friend at the time. And Cassie came into the picture when she became friends with her through work and started living together.
During a trip, Kyle proposed to Cassie on a ledge at the Grand Canyon. Cassie shared, “I still don’t know how he managed to get the ring on the plane and somehow hide it from me the whole trip.” 10 points to Kyle for perfectly planning a surprise proposal!
It was such a delight listening to both of them sharing their story and journey together. So being the naturally curious gal that I am, I asked them, “What quirks or habits do you find the most adorable and annoying in your partner?” Thinking their answers through, they almost chuckled before replying and let out the truth and nothing but the truth.
Cassie said, “I love Kyle’s belly laugh and how excited he can get about things. On the other side of that, his loud chewing is on another level, lol!” Kyle shared, “I love Cassie’s goofy demeanor and the insight she has in understanding people and situations around her. One thing that annoys me is her contributions to the “everything drawer,” that is constantly overflowing.” See! This is what I mean when I say I like to get to know my couples better!
With endless rows of apple and plum trees, the Orchard is a perfect setting for some gorgeous light and airy engagement photos. In true K. Lenox fashion, we started the day by getting to know each other, accompanied by drinks and delicious food of course. I always try to plan out around an hour of this ‘chill time’ with my couples to bond with them and make them feel comfortable before the session.
I find that this little meet-up helps my couple open up and feel at ease, and for me, that connection shows in the photos. But for some reason, the service was slow on this day, so it took a little longer than usual, but we hardly felt the delay between all that talking.
Off to a late start to our shooting part, we finally got to it. True to their down-to-earth personalities, Cassie and Kyle decided the session’s theme to be “It is what it is.” A no-fuss couple, they were willing to explore everything at the orchard, despite our time frame. During our session, I noticed that the couple felt most comfortable when they were just being silly and making each other laugh. So I just let them be them, and I let myself be me – capturing raw, heartfelt, fun-filled moments. And the result? The classic ‘Jack and Rose in front of the Titanic’ pose with a weeping willow in the backdrop, which, as it turned out, was also an inside joke between them.
We also took some goofy and funny photos beside the Orchard’s Bear Statue. And coming back to the bees, we did go over by that spot again because the view is just so good there. But learning from my past mistakes from the bee attack incident from Casey and Jesse’s session, this time, I avoided the “metal boxes.” It has to be some kind of PTSD! Towards the end of the session, we went back for another drink to hang out more.
Some moments have a sense of timeless beauty to them – an unmatched charm and a sense of warmth, and I aim to capture those for you! I love such settings and always look forward to including them in my photography. Thank you, Cassie and Kyle, for letting me take your engagement photos. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you both and loved hanging out with you. I look forward to being a part of your wedding too!
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