Okay, so Melanie and Brendan make us look really great because they’re laughing in an adorable manner in nearly every photo. And I’d like to take credit for their sweet expressions but we’re actually not that funny, it’s more that Melanie and Brendan are just like that when they’re around each other. We barely had to direct them. At one point, Brendan just started giving Melanie a piggyback ride, which I think is the first time we’ve ever had anyone do that without a prompt from us first. They’re the perfect couple and someday I’ll put them in charge of teaching an instructional class on “How to Have Fun and Like Each Other During an Engagement Session” but for now, you guys will just have to take notes from their session.
Also, I should mention the adorable pups right? Seamus is the Pit Bull mix and Shiloh is the Beagle and they are so precious! They were adopted by Melanie and Brendan from one of the shelters where Melanie has worked. Melanie is a dog trainer and doggy behavioralist which sounds like the cutest job ever, except that she’s always trying to help dogs get adopted, so it’s also kind of sad because they’re cute and don’t have a home. It’s also safe to say that since they only have 2 dogs but always works around dogs that need adopted, she has far more self control than I do because at this point I’d probably be a hoarder. Melanie is also a vegan who really loves cake and musical theatre. Brendan is an ER doctor who eats a lot of peanut butter and gets upset when the ant dies in “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.” Together, their perfect day involves sleeping in, hiking with the dogs, hanging out with friends and watching tv. Obviously, they would look cute while doing all of these things, as evidenced below.
Kristina and Chris found us online, scooped us up, and away we went to Jordan Lake for their engagement session where they ran around in the woods and in the water and didn’t complain about the mosquitos that were eating us all alive. Probably because they are adorable together and very clearly adore each other and it is the most wonderful thing in the world to hear them talk about their relationship despite me not being a particularly gooey-love-story sort of person. The way they tell it, they’ve been best friends since they were eleven, living in upstate New York. And they always liked each other, but they were still always in the friend zone, and always dating other people. But still secretly liking each other. But still not doing anything about it. Kristina went to college in South Dakota, and Chris went to college in New York City but ::insert dramatic romantic movie music here:: they never forgot about each other, reconnected after college, and the rest is adorable history. They are both super outgoing, friendly, cooperative, hilarious people who were the best subjects! We had a great time working with them and dodging the incredibly huge turkey vultures that were definitely stalking us in the woods.
Meet Lee and Ed! Lee was a fantastical, wonderful bridesmaid at Caroline+Brian’s wedding last spring and we think that she’s the bee’s knees. Ed is her equally fun but red-headed counterpart who we also met at that wedding but didn’t really get to know all that well besides, “Hello!” Now they are engaged and asked us to do their photos in Durham, a city beloved by them both (and us!). Together they helped us navigate the landmine of poison ivy and spider webs in the woods, and then together we tackled some classic downtown Durham where they live and work (Ed is a landscape designer and Lee is a nurse). They both met back while they were living in Boone and worked at the same place (Lee was a server for a restaurant where Ed was a bouncer for the bar at night). They didn’t really talk to each other though, and weren’t very friendly. Lee handed Ed her ID one night to which he responded, “I know who you are.” Lee’s mom kept telling her that there was probably “someone right under your nose that you’ll spend the rest of your life with!” but Lee was adamant that there was not a single person she’d consider dating. At different times later they both moved to Raleigh. At some point they ended up hanging out. And now they’re on our blog being cuddly. Lee’s Mom, you were totally right.