Often times when writing a blog, it's hard for me to know where to start. For me, images tell a story that my voice (or typing fingers) may not be able to express in words.
For Lauren + Philip, it wasn't any different. After meeting them both for the very first time at the beginning of their engagement session, in a city that they were not terribly acquainted with (and, let's face it, we live out in the country for a reason...), it was so important for me to get to know these two on an intimate level by using the short time we had. We talked about our backgrounds, what we do, and what we love. We chatted about their past and how they met and where they live. Conversation flowed so smoothly and we laughed and joked around and didn't take anything too seriously.
It was a candid atmosphere and their "go-with-the-flow" personalities that allowed me to see the tender way he smiles at her, the way she can't help but giggle giddily when he does. There were moments of transparency and a real connection that didn't take but 10 minutes to find and to capture.
We began downtown at a beautiful HENSE mural on the Atlanta Beltline, with loose plans to stroll across the way through Piedmont Park, ending our time at one of Atlanta's most simple but likely most photographed locations, the Jackson Street Bridge. As we chatted and as the sun sank lower in the sky, we made our way to what we decided would be our last spot, the fountains at Centennial Olympic. I had never photographed anyone there, and we made the decision to skip the start of the fountain show, but made our way that way anyway just to see what we would find.
Instead, divine intervention stepped in. They followed me in their car (which is pretty funny, to say the least, because my sense of direction is fair at best, but particularly poor downtown) and as I whispered a little prayer from the driver's seat to guide me to the ever-illusive ATL parking, to give us enough light that evening and the space we would need to create something beautiful. The World of Coke parking garage was just within reach, but one-way streets and red lights somehow geared me toward a separate garage, so I thought, "close enough". Curiosity drove us up to the very top of the garage, and right there, just as the neon orange sun was casting a cotton candy glow about the skyline of Atlanta, we stumbled across an upper deck that was completely barren of people, cars, or distractions. And right there in front of us was the city - close enough that we could feel the buzz of the streets and activity below but far enough away that we had the whole skyline to our own.
It only got better. I had heard the story of their proposal when on the phone with Lauren, but in the rush my mind was focused on finding the "right" location amidst a flurry of people and cars and busy city streets.
"This is where I proposed', he said, and it donned on me. Here we were, atop the Georgia Aquarium where he brought Lauren to ask her for her hand. I quickly realized that in the rush and excitement of trying to beat the sunset, it wasn't my own efforts that brought us here. It was a moment that was completely pre-meditated by the only One who could possibly see the humor in bringing us back to the very place where this chapter of their lives began.
They danced, we laughed, and it was a really precious moment that I'll always remember!
Sneak a peek at some of my time spent getting to know Lauren + Philip. Looking so incredibly forward to their wedding next month!