Connie, the lovely lady pictured here, is my sister in law. She has been for twenty one years and counting!! I think she was a baby then - we all were!! lol! I remember when she began talking about Cameron and how great he was and how great his girls were. I have to say I love him almost as much as I love his girls. They are so well spoken and just kind!
They have a beautiful wedding planned and I can't wait to attend. Who knows how long it's been since I attended a wedding and sat and enjoyed and had FUN without worry? I don't know either. Anyway, their wedding photographer is so amazing and I can't wait to meet her and see the wonderful work she will do. She did their country engagement session and I was blessed enough to capture their Downtown Nashville Engagement Session. For days it was rainy and cold so we had to reschedule once. This day was absolutely super bright. Since I usually work right before sunset we had to be creative. I loved the way the sunlight shined on them. There was a chill in the air so the friend they brought with them didn't stay with us long but I know she would have been so much fun!
We met in Cumberland Park. I love that place! There is a tiny little path that I have shot at before. The funny thing is, I am used to seeing how beautiful it photographs and didn't think about how Connie and Cam would see it. lol I think Connie was a bit afraid because to her eye it was such an ugly place to begin!! LOL! The above image was the first taken there.
First I taught them some of my simple posing ideas and they ran from there!
I loved all the times he made her laugh!! I used this bright light time of day to shoot the ring. OH THAT RING!!! I wondered if they noticed if it went on my finger and got "stuck"? Connie's friend Kay helped me with this shot. I loved the velvet softness of the leaves surrounding the pink stones.
Well I did the right thing and gave her back her ring. (Sad face here!) Next we just kind of made our way to the pedestrian bridge to get towards downtown. We stopped for a few images first.
I posted this on my Facebook page but I should share here. Connie and I have spoken at length about the type of man she wanted God to send her. She is a mom so she wanted someone her kids could look up to, someone who would love them when they were rotten and love them when they were wonderful. She prayed for a man with education and a christian background. She just wanted someone loving and patient and kind. She got someone who would make her laugh when she is stressing about things - even if he thinks those things are silly. She wanted someone who could hold her hand and LISTEN and give her hard truths because he could see she was strong enough to take it - because she is. While I wanted all of those things for Connie, I wanted her to be able to throw her head back and laugh and trust. We all deserve that. He does that which is why this next picture, unplanned, was a favorite of mine.
I told them their faces would not be in this so just do themselves and he cracked a joke and she relaxed and laughed. That is the real Connie.
We made our way towards downtown and stopped to see the pretty cityscape.
I loved when we found this little spot on our way to a section Connie really wanted.
Then we just sort of made our way around and had fun. We finished early and parted ways so that everyone could enjoy dinner! Here are some fun ones through the day!
Two weeks until the wedding!!!! I can't wait!