Words from the photographer:
A nostalgic outdoor engagement session is by far the best way to describe this amazing shoot. Marissa and Johnny decided to have their engagement session at Moontower Saloon, the place where these two love birds first met. But, not only was this the place where they first met, it was also where they had their first date AND their first kiss. If that’s not storybook worthy, I don’t know what is!
I really had a great time photographing these two and even though the afternoon started out with a lot of rain and mud, by the time we were done it had turned into a beautiful evening. But I’m convinced that even if the weather didn’t clear up, it still would have been an unforgettable outdoor engagement shoot! We were able to capture a lot of epic and very authentic moments between Marissa and Johnny and as if that wasn’t enough, these two and the brilliant idea of having their friends hangout with them during their shoot. Needless to say, it was a lot of fun and did I mention that the friends hanging out with them were two of my favorite past engagement shoot clients, Heather and Alex?
Heather and Alex are actually the ones who told Marissa and Johnny about me which was a huge compliment and I loved being able to get some shots of them all together at the end of the shoot!
HOW DID YOU MEET?
Marissa and I met on Bumble after I declared to only swipe right for women of color. Best decision of my life. After the first day of meeting I knew she was the one I wanted to share my life with. We spent the whole weekend together cooking and sharing so many interests we had in common. The rest is history.
WHAT IS YOUR PROPOSAL STORY?
Last summer, Marissa and I went on a brief getaway to Fredericksburg, TX. I had hoped to propose in a field of wild flowers, but because Texas in June is basically a furnace, no flowers were in bloom. Instead of a sweaty mess of a proposal, we ended up at our air-conditioned BnB. Leon Bridges was playing on the radio, so I felt it was the right time to get the show on the road.
TELL US ABOUT THE RING/BAND. PLEASE BE AS DESCRIPTIVE AS POSSIBLE.
Marissa is simple and classy, so I got her a solid gold band and a solitary round diamond.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR ENGAGEMENT SHOOT OUTFITS AND ACCESSORIES.
My favorite accessory was Mr. Bean, our chocolate lab. Nikk did a great job at capturing the love of our Phamily.