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Category Archives: Engagement

There is a special bond among those that love a military man, it is a life that no one else can understand.  The time apart leads to such sweet reunions and there is always the excitement of seeing each other again.  On those days when he is dressed in his blues your heart sings with…

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  • AllisonFebruary 25, 2011 - 7:58 am

    Melissa!! THANK YOU!! You did such a great job :) You wouldn’t know it was so windy looking at the pictures and you captured John’s and my personality so easily. Thanks for everything, you’re the greatest!

  • Anna RebeccaFebruary 25, 2011 - 10:52 am

    Great shots Melissa! What a sweet couple!

  • MichelleFebruary 25, 2011 - 11:14 am

    These are simply stunning. I love them. My best friend is all grown up and looking absolutely gorgeous! I cannot wait to see these two get married! Excellent job Melissa.

  • AdamFebruary 25, 2011 - 11:16 am

    They are really good. I saw Mom in some of them (not in a bad way :)) And i agree, these are your personalities :). You’re pretty but John is hot. See you in a week.

  • Sharon TownsendFebruary 25, 2011 - 1:49 pm

    These are beautiful pictures! Allison and John, I wish you the very best! And Allison, you will be an absolutely gorgeous bride!

  • Kyla StigdonFebruary 25, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    Allison! Your blue dress was THE perfect color to go with John’s dress blue & you looked gorgeous :) I loved all the laughing pictures, they were precious! See you next Friday :)

  • MawMaw & GrandaddyFebruary 25, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    We love those pictures; they are beautiful. You are so beautiful and John is so handsome. Grandaddy was in tears watching them. Thank you for sending them and we can’t wait to see you next Friday.

  • Christina MooreFebruary 25, 2011 - 8:40 pm

    I don’t know this young couple but I can see the love in her smile & Melissa captured it perfectly! Wishing you both nothing but happiness & Melissa keep up the great work! Next time though, don’t wait 45 min. in line at Georgetown Cupcakes. ;)

  • melissaFebruary 25, 2011 - 8:46 pm

    Don’t worry Christina we decided to skip the cupcakes with that line :)

  • David & Jackie HoffmanFebruary 26, 2011 - 12:06 am

    Grandma and Grandpa- Melissa, You did a great job, beautiful pictures of beautiful people. However, John did not comb his hair before the pictures, okay, so his hair is a little short. We are very proud of you both. May the happiness reflected in these pictures be with you always.

  • Pam RauberFebruary 26, 2011 - 8:52 am

    Obviously John it is a privilege to wear the uniform but I must admit, the smiles get bigger with casual wear. Allison,no doubt you will make a beautiful bride. Melissa, as usual you show the fun in every couple.

  • Morgan OtteFebruary 26, 2011 - 5:25 pm

    These pictures are gorgeous! And sorry Adam, but I’m going to have to say Allison is the hot one, while John is pretty :) I can’t wait to be a part of your special day so very soon!!! Great job Melissa!

  • John SnyderFebruary 26, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    Thanks again Melissa, these are awesome. I hope time is flying by for you and you have a happy homecoming.

  • William CarneyFebruary 27, 2011 - 1:04 pm

    The pictures are great. Hope you have a great life together.
    See you at Mardi Gras or at the river.

    Shirley and Bill

  • Diane SiskFebruary 27, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    Allison – Loved the pictures! What a beautiful young woman you have become (yes you do look like your mom!) I am sooo happy and excited for you both! I pray God will continue to bless you as you prepare for this joyous time! Love ya!

  • Leslie SnyderFebruary 27, 2011 - 9:46 pm

    great Photos!! and great kids!! Allison, the dress color was perfect with John’s dress blues. Love you guys. Miss you John. MOM

  • Donna & Brad HoffmanFebruary 27, 2011 - 11:30 pm

    Melissa did a great job capturing the happiness of your engagement. May your love for each other forever grow! We send our love and pray that Christ give you strength to overcome any and all hurdles this world might place in your path.

  • Olivier MalcorMarch 1, 2011 - 3:03 am

    Amazing set of photos, I really like the 4th from last :)

  • Stunning photos! They look like a very lovely couple.

  • Cute! What a nice looking couple. Love the light hearted feel of this set!

  • Aunt CarminMarch 9, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    Ohhhh congratulations! Great photos. My favorite – John in uniform and Allison kissing him on the cheek. Our love to you!

  • Aunt CarminMarch 9, 2011 - 7:21 pm

    Oh my gosh – just found the slideshow! Awesome. It made me cry. Love all the photos.

  • Mom and DadMarch 17, 2011 - 9:35 pm

    These are beautiful pictures that make us smile! We are happy for the two of you, bringing back many memories :) God bless you both as you prepare to be husband and wife.

I’m so excited to bring you a collaborative guest post today with Ashley Alphin of C & A Events!  Ashley was on the blog a couple weeks ago as a vendor interview and she is back this week with a guest post on bringing some style to your engagement session!!  I’ve talked before about how…

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  • Oleg BariFebruary 21, 2011 - 3:11 pm

    Great images !!! Congras !!!

They met in college where she was a Kappa Delta and he was a Sigma Chi.  Their first date was in a rose garden and when the time was right Sean tricked Jessica into going back to that garden where he was waiting with a ring to surprise her.  Sean and Jessica’s family had made…

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  • megan flukeOctober 8, 2010 - 9:53 am

    Soo cute!! Congrats you two!

  • Christina DelyOctober 8, 2010 - 10:46 am

    Amazing location! And love the style of the shoot! Great job :)

  • ClaireOctober 8, 2010 - 10:51 am

    Awesome session Melissa!

  • Lindsey BledsoeOctober 8, 2010 - 11:17 am

    Melissa, this is ADORABLE! So lovely. :)

  • miranda regerOctober 8, 2010 - 1:35 pm

    love this!! i totally felt like i was looking at photographs from way back when. :)

  • Toni Carreras-IrwinOctober 8, 2010 - 4:00 pm

    Beautiful…you captured the Love and FUN!!!

  • Keith IrwinOctober 8, 2010 - 7:25 pm

    Wow,the photographer captured the LOVE between Sean and Jess perfectly. I can’t pick which one is the best shot because they are all the best. KI

  • Sarah LewisOctober 8, 2010 - 7:51 pm

    These are awesome! Jess and Sean, Congrats!

  • Aunt Linda and Uncle DanOctober 8, 2010 - 11:52 pm

    Cute Pictures!!!!!!! You guys look great !!!! Bet you didn’t know I knew how to email !!!!!

  • Anna RebeccaOctober 9, 2010 - 8:59 am

    This is awesome!!! So amazing! And it is such a great story too. The couple is cute and angelic!

  • Tami CaseOctober 11, 2010 - 4:06 pm

    Love the photos, especially the vintage black and whites. All the best to you both for a wonderful marriage!

I have stalked her blog for over two years now, basically since I started planning my wedding and somehow in my searches found her.  I immediately was drawn to how open she was with her knowledge and she truly became an inspiration for me over the last two years.  Who is she you ask, she…

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So this is an update on a couple I photographed a couple months ago and I wanted to share their happy news!!  It all over Facebook already so I think it is safe.  haha!  My sister in law Stephanie got engaged last week!!!  Check out the photo below that I took of them for fun…

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