Engagement Session with Rachel and Brandon (and their dog, Lily) in Saluda!

January 23, 2016

I love when clients come to me with an idea or a location in mind. Rachel and Brandon came with both! They knew they wanted engagement photos with their dog, Lily, and they knew they wanted a woodsy, outdoors style. Last weekend, I met them in Saluda, about an hour or so outside of Columbia, and followed  them way out into the woods. The closer we got to their chosen location, the more excited I got! We finally stopped near a gorgeous wheat field on the edge of the woods, and took Rachel’s 4-wheeler the rest of the way, because cars couldn’t make it. After a rather bumpy (but fun!) ride through the woods, we arrived at a beautiful, mossy clearing in the woods, complete with a babbling brook. I’m not kidding, you guys, this spot was magical!

save the date diy chalkboard sign engagement session in the woods salad sc columbia sc wedding photographer
While Lily checked out the area, we broke the ice with this cute series of photos featuring Rachel’s DIY chalkboard save-the-date sign. I can’t pick which of these is my favorite; Rachel’s laugh is so cute!
engagement session in the woods with ring close ups macro moss
I adore her ring! This one fallen tree in the woods became the center of many of their photos, and I just couldn’t resist a macro shot on the moss.
engagement session in the woods kissing in rows of pines
This series is probably my favorite from the whole day. Deep in the woods, there were a few rows of pines. As the sun set, they created the perfect spot for some photos of Rachel and Brandon!
Engagements photos with dog puppy in the woods. Wedding Photographer in Columbia, SC
Lily got to make her debut after she warmed up to the area and sniffed it out for safety (thanks, Lily!). She is SUCH a good puppy! She definitely knows how to pose for the camera!
kissing in the woods engagement photos in columbia, sc saluda, sc
You can’t see it, but the aforementioned fallen tree became the perfect spot for these sweet photos.
engagement session in the woods kissing and laughing
Seriously, there are few things I love more than when a couple cracks up laughing together. This combination of love and laughter is a great sign of many happy years to come!
engagement ring macro on moss. Engagement session in the woods
Rachel and Brandon and the gorgeous ring he picked out for her.
engagement photos dancing in a wheat field
There is a whole series of these gorgeous “dancing in the field” images, but these two are my favorites. Rachel and Brandon, thank you for being up for anything I suggest!
I said yes DIY chalkboard sign engagement photos. macro ring shot on golden wheat.
Another of Rachel’s adorable DIY chalkboard signs, and another macro shot of her beautiful ring! One of Rachel and Brandon’s wedding colors is gold, so the wheat ties in perfectly, don’t you think?!
Golden Hour engagement session at an old barn with dog
Once we ventured back out of the woods and through the wheat field, we headed to an old, falling down barn that was just amazing during Golden Hour. Lily even made her way back into a few photos!
golden hour engagement session in the country
Rachel and Brandon, thank you again for allowing me to capture your sweet love and laughter last weekend, and thank you for the adventure in the woods! I had a blast, and this will definitely go down as a session I will never forget. I can’t wait for your bridals and the big day!
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Fun session!!

I love how you captured the beauty of the scenery and the love of these two! Excellent pictures, amazing couple!

I’m so glad you love them! I look forward to meeting you in a few short months!

These are absolutely gorgeous. You capture such genuinely sweet moments with this couple (and all your couples.)

Thank you, Marlowe!

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