While packing my bag for Haley’s and Chris’ engagement session I mentioned to my dad that the night’s session was at Ross Lake. He responded that I probably didn’t remember it but I had spent some time at Ross Lake when I was little.
It was on the periphery of my memories… riding in the cab of a red pickup truck with my cousins. A draining lake at the bottom of a lake and fish flopping in the mud. But the perfectly picturesque setting eluded the memories of my 5 year old mind.
Fields of purple flowers, mossy cypress trees and hazy sunset streaming through the trees. I could have spent hours following Haley and Chris with my camera as we explored the areas around Ross Lake during their engagement session.
Chris has been one of my closest friends for many, many, many years and was actually a groomsmen in my wedding. We have spent hours talking through major and minor life decisions over dinner or endless phone calls on opposite sides of the country. We’ve spent weekends at the beach, tailgated for football games, celebrated weddings and graduations, and played hundreds of games of Jenga while eating pizza at the Pub. And I have hoped through all of it that Chris would meet someone that would appreciate him the way my family and I do!
From mailing me a signed copy of Temple Grandin’s book just because he knew I would love it to buying my kids Christmas gifts and driving up to spend the night with us for a quick visit and letting my kids crawl all over him for hours. He is one of the most genuine, loyal friends you can imagine and an even better “Uncle Chris”. When he began to tell me about Haley I was thrilled for the adventures she brought to his life.
I loved Haley instantly when I finally got to meet her and could not imagine a better fit for Chris. There is little better than watching the people you love be loved well!
Haley and I were texting in the weeks before her engagement session at Ross Lake and asked me if a long forest green dress would be overkill. My answer? Absolutely not!
Friends, let me tell you. If you think your outfit is “overkill” for a portrait session it is probably just right. The little bit of extra adds just the right amount of attitude.
This October wedding cannot come soon enough! Y’all will be a stunning couple but, man, this session will be tough to beat!
Love you both- and so very honored you trusted me with commemorating your engagement!
PS- You’ve got mail!