Anyone who knows me well could tell you that I'm not what you'd call a "morning person." Never have been. I slept to the last minute in high school, scheduled my classes for 10am or later in college, and spent many years tending bar and feeding my inner night-owl. Now that my thirties have found me, however, I long to be a morning person. Every once in a while I rebel against my late-sleeping self and do something crazy. For instance, a sunrise engagement session like this one!
And it was totally worth the early wake-up call. When I talked to Catherine & Canada about their wedding, they told me about their dear friends who wouldn't be able to attend the wedding- but had planted a garden of flowers for them to use in their celebration. As soon as I heard that, I knew that's where we'd have to shoot their engagement portraits. In this fleeting little plot of earth, where their wedding flowers had been patiently growing in anticipation of the big day. And sunrise? Was perfect.I mean, really- SWOON! These two are early-risers, so it wasn't quite as much of a challenge for them as it was for me. But there was coffee, and awesome company. And gorgeous light. And soft earth. It was an invitation to kick off our shoes and just BE IN NATURE. One of the things I adored about working with these two is the way Canada looks at Catherine. He is utterly smitten, and it shows. So does the protective vibe he gives off. You can see and feel the family bond between them in the most wonderful way, and you know that nobody's going to mess with his wife. He's her safe place, her guardian. Even if we don't need it, I think we wives can still appreciate the desire of our husbands to take care of us and be our shield. This adoring look is just awesome to capture in a photograph like this... There's something about bare feet in a beautiful garden that I hadn't noticed before, but it takes my breath away when I look at these images. Part of the draw of this space was also the fact that Canada's tree stand is very near this garden. So of course, we asked the lovely dress-clad bride climb up! Catherine obliged. I'm so glad! I love these, and I can't think of a single hunter I know who wouldn't want an image like this! I snapped this frame just after Canada said it felt like "Lord of the Rings." I agree. This beautiful and intimate backyard wedding is next up on the blog, and I can't wait to share the details of their unique and intimate wedding with you all! It was beautiful and it was exactly what a wedding should be... All about the most important people and the joining of families. Stay tuned!