It’s always the people who warn us repeatedly how awkward they’re going to be in front of the camera who are always the least awkward people in front of the camera. Elizabeth and Catherine are two pretty amazing people who are not at all awkward in front of the camera even though they insist that they are. They met playing rugby, and who now enjoy T-Rexes (is that the appropriate plural of T-Rex?) and narwhals and brewing their own beer. They listed off different types of beer they enjoy brewing and they all sounded complicated and involved, but also tasty (I don’t know what coffee oatmeal porter is but I like oatmeal). And considering that they’re going a hops plant in their garden, I think it’s safe to say that it’s serious past time. And you know what they say! Those who homebrew together stay together. If that’s not what they say, it really doesn’t matter, because Elizabeth and Catherine are getting married so now I’m making it a legit saying. This land that they’re on in this shoot has been in Elizabeth’s family since the 40s, and is full of gorgeous fields and also probably snakes but we didn’t see any of those (yay!). Elizabeth and Catherine are fantastic and hilarious people, and we’re super excited to have them as our wedding clients in December!
Gold glitter/sequin/sparkle dresses are my favorite because they photograph so, so well. They turn into little shimmery magical fabrics of fabulousness in front of the camera and if everyone could just take a page out of this blog post and wear nothing but gold glitter dresses from now on, that would be great. It doesn’t even really have to be gold. Just any glitter or sequins. Basically, turn into a 1920s flapper and we’ll be good to go. Speaking of 1920s, does Tim here remind anyone else vaguely of Michael Pitt? We totally should have done a Boardwalk Empire themed engagement session with these guys, but I have a feeling it wouldn’t end up being particularly romantic since I’m pretty sure that show had at least one death per episode. Instead, Stephanie wore a beautiful sequin sparkle dress and Tim vaguely reminded me of Michael Pitt and we were graciously granted permission from the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham to shoot in their old bank vault in an un-Boardwalk Empire way (although the vault could have very well been from the early 1900s… and we did make Stephanie use a very old wall telephone… and they laid on a floor covered in fake money…….. you know what? Maybe this was more Boardwalk Empire than I thought). They posed dramatically, they cuddled for a while, they ate pizza while showing us the Stranger Thangs RIP Barb video. All in a day’s work. A special second thanks to Pie Pushers in downtown Durham for also graciously granting us permission to shoot in their shop.
Lacey and David met while attending a computer programming bootcamp inside American Tobacco. Bootcamp makes it sound kind of scary… like they had to do a lot of push-ups or else be forced to code an entire WordPress theme from scratch. But they made it through! And now are successful computer people typing numbers into the interwebs and making things happen (that’s how it works, right?). They’re getting married in Florida, where Lacey is originally from, but decided to return to the scene of the bootcamp to have their engagement pictures taken with us! They live in Durham where they hang out with their dogs and play a lot of Yoshi video games. David proposed by reprogramming the end of the world 1-1 map of Yoshi’s Island. I didn’t even know that you could reprogram a popular video game map to bend it to your will unless you were some kind of super computer hacker but apparently this is an actual thing. Lacey played the game, and at the end it spelled out “Will You Marry Me?” in coins. There she was presented with two tubes: the green ‘yes’ tube and the red ‘no’ tube. Lacey got confused at this last part and accidentally took the red tube where she fell into a pit of spikes. She must’ve eventually took the green tube because here they are in pictures being obviously engaged. Congratulations, Lacey and David!