Kelsey & Andrew | Richmond Engagement


Guess who got married last weekend?!?!?  Yep Kelsey and Andrew!!  Since I’m going to make you wait till next week to see their wedding photos I thought I’d tide you over by sharing their Richmond Virginia engagement session.  We shot this session last fall at Belle Isle and it was perfect!  There was water and rocks to climb on, a beautiful park area with a sunlit path, an overgrown field and a super cool walking bridge.  The only slight hiccup was the walk to the parking lot, it was long and I was 8 months pregnant.  Yeah I’m sure Kelsey and Andrew thought I might go into pre-mature labor at any point!  It was worth it though for the amazing photos!

Kelsey and Andrew have a unique story and I’ll let Kelsey tell it!

My cousin was dating a sailor and joked to me how she was going to set me up with a military man. Turns our her boyfriend at the time had a friend named Andrew also stationed with him on his boat. So we started emailing each other while he was “underway” aka 5 million miles under the water (he was a submariner). We officially met that September for one of the most awkward double dates (with my cousin and her boyfriend) EVER ;) But lo and behold that awkward date turned into many and now we are getting married!! :).”

Andrew said that when he first met Kelsey in person on that awkward date he couldn’t get words out of his mouth and Kelsey remembers thinking he had a cute butt ;).  They continued a long distance relationship as Andrew was stationed in Connecticut and then Hawaii.  Andrew knew Kelsey was the woman he wanted to marry when he got back from 6 months at sea with barely any contact and she was still there waiting for him.

Enjoy some fun photos while I finish up their wedding photos and share them next week!


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