Liz + Mike | Fort Fisher Engagement Session | NC Wedding Photographer

Liz and I were texting almost every day in the week leading up to her and Mike’s engagement session and hoping that the weather forecast would clear up in our favor. She had been sending me outfit ideas and I gave her some suggestions on places for hair and makeup. I really really love it when brides put a lot of thought and effort into their engagement sessions! Because yes, your wedding photos will be amazing, but there is something sweet and special about your engagement session. You will only be engaged and call each other “fiance” for so long, and it’s a much more relaxed atmosphere than your wedding day. You’re not pressed for time to return back to a room full of your favorite people. You don’t have to worry about your hair and makeup lasting more than an hour or two. And you can play, move, laugh, run, etc. without tripping over a gown. It’s FUN and I love making it a memorable experience for my brides and grooms to cherish forever.

Lucky for us, it drizzled all day but cleared up just in time for our session! I’m so glad I got to sit down with Liz & Mike over drinks before our shoot. I had been connected with them through my sister-in-law, Leah, as she is close friends with Liz. Any friend of Leah and my brother is a friend of mine, so I was so excited to finally meet them in person! It was such fun to hear their story and how they were set up by a mutual friend. It didn’t take long for Mike to know that Liz was “the one” and he proposed in Nantucket. We wanted to pay homage to that in their engagement photos, so you may be able to spot a few “Nantucket” references in these images. 🙂

While we did deal with a lot of wind and getting a million mini cactuses stuck in our shoes, these two were absolute troopers and you would never know there was ever any struggle throughout the evening. We had the best time together and I loved getting to capture their love! I cannot wait for their Melrose Knitting Mill wedding in Raleigh this May. Here’s to counting down until the big day, guys!!! SO EXCITED!!!

xoxo Chelsea




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