Eight years ago Zach and Katelyn met through church. Both on different paths, each finishing up school, working and pursuing a career, they didn't reconnect until six years later on a group hiking trip. It was an incredible adventure they shared with one another and Zach instantly knew he wanted to pursue Katelyn.
Their first date started with dinner at California Pizza Kitchen and ended with a movie (they teased that Katelyn didn't know it was a date until much later in their relationship!). Zach knew she was the woman he prayed for all these years, his future wife.
Each month they dated, Zach wrote Katelyn a note. The day he proposed he left roses and the previously written notes at different places for Katelyn to find. When he picked her up for their dinner date, Zach gave her a sixth rose. He kept the proposal a surprise by telling Katelyn it was her birthday celebration. They headed to their first date spot at Perkins Rowe. Katelyn walked in to find a table decorated with more roses, pictures and a final letter. There, Zach got down on one knee and asked Katelyn to be his wife. Surprised and excited, she shouted, yes!
Soon after she said yes, their families came out from hiding. Everything was a complete surprise and the perfect way to celebrate their engagement.
With the help of family and friends, Zach and Katelyn are planning a beautiful October wedding at their church. Then it is off to Punta Cana for a relaxing honeymoon!
How sweet is their love story?
They are just as incredible in person, trust me. The moment we met, I knew they were kind, caring and totally meant for one another.
A must stop, along the way to their engagement session, we headed to Perkins Rowe for a favorite treat they love to share, gourmet popsicles at Rock N' Pops!
They were a joy to be around and we had an absolute blast capturing these moments. Thank you Zach and Katelyn, for a wonderful session. I can't wait for your big day!
"A chord of three strands is not easily broken."
Caitlyn and Stephen's love story is a fairy tale come to life. Caitlyn was heading into her senior year of high school and Stephen had just graduated. They struck up a friendship before realizing they cared for one another very deeply. With Caitlyn's prom just around the corner, Stephen wanted to make sure they were going as more than friends. He asked if she would be his girlfriend, and of course she said yes!
The next two years meant starting college, exploring new places, having each other's backs during the stressful times and supporting one another's dreams.
On Caitlyn's birthday, Stephen took her to Downtown Baton Rouge and they sat by the water under moonlight.
To show his commitment and love he gave Caitlyn a beautiful promise ring.
"You're my always, you're my forever. You're my reality, you're my sunshine. You're my best times, you're my anomaly. And I'd choose you in a hundred lifetimes, I'd choose you in a hundred worlds, I'd find you..."
-Ryann Darling, I Choose You
Caitlyn and Stephen love taking plantation tours and on September 18th, 2016, Stephen arranged a big surprise. He called Caitlyn's friends Courtney and Blane for some help. They toured Greenwood Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. After seeing the home, they wandered the property and found a beautiful pond. Stephen said he wanted a photo with Caitlyn and handed over his phone. Before they could get into place, Stephen dropped to one knee. No one remembers what was said through all the tears and excitement, but you can guess what her answer was!
Caitlyn's ring was designed by Stephen; it's a black diamond, truly unique, and everything Caitlyn wanted. We photographed their engagement session at Greenwood Plantation and even snagged a few photos at the spot Stephen proposed!
Although Caitlyn is a cat person, this little guy wanted nothing more than to be her new best friend.
It was so sweet!
Alongside planning their December wedding, they love taking jeep rides, hiking, fishing and spending time with their families.
Their relationship has always been Christ centered,
something they know has helped them stay strong through thick and thin.
1 Corinthians 13:7-8 has always been a favorite scripture for Caitlyn. The idea that love is protective and persevering resonates strongly with her and Stephen.
Thank you, Caitlyn and Stephen, for allowing me to capture this wonderful step in your lives. I cannot wait to photograph your beautiful wedding!
Maddie was such a joy to photograph, so elegant and poised.
It’s families like the Gills that remind me why I do what I do. Capturing their moments of joy and tenderness, preserving their memories, and charting their change all reignite the passion I have for my work.
My relationship with the Gill family began two years ago with a newborn shoot for their new son, Jesse.
Now, at two years old, I was able to see again how much he has grown and changed, and how much they have grown and changed as a family.
Even though pictures only capture a second of time, they preserve a lifetime of memories. Jesse has grown so quickly, but the photos will always be there to stop time, to remember, to see how far he and Amanda and Cole have come.
And that’s why I do what I do. Sweet Jesse!
In a quiet, serene location, I had the pleasure of getting to know a little bit about this sweet couple who are about to be married in a few
short weeks! Here is what I learned about Stacey and Todd.
The First Date: Stacey and Todd clicked from the word "Go!" On their first date, they were so engaged with each other during
dinner, they didn't even notice the restaurant starting to close down around them!
The Relationship: An adventurous couple, they like spending quality time outdoors on the water and in the woods.
It was on one of these excursions that the big moment happened! On July 12th, while on a biking trip, the couple took a
picturesque break on a lakefront. Todd decided it was the perfect moment to propose!
The Happy Couple:
Todd and Stacey both feel so blessed to have found each other in God's timing. The wedding plans are coming along perfectly,
a perfect complement to their felicitous relationship.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Thank you Stacey and Todd for the wonderful morning! :)
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