A Folly Beach Engagement | Charleston, SC

Laura & Michael

A Folly Beach Engagementengagement-6 I knew from the moment that I met these two that I liked them as separate people, and I liked them as a couple. They pulled up early to their engagement session with huge smiles on their faces, ready to get cuddly and take some photos. They are those people you just want to be friends with because they radiate joy and self-confidence. I couldn’t get over Laura’s absolutely adorable smile, and the way the Michael looks at her is precious. I can’t wait to see his face when he sees her for the first time on their wedding day!

I love asking my couples how they met, and about their proposal story. Their proposal story made me laugh and say, “Ahh, I’m so happy you were in sweatpants, because I was too and it’s one of my favorite parts of my story!!”¬†They were traveling up to Michigan to go to a football game at their alma mater. They had an early flight, and Michael remembers Laura saying, “Man I’m gonna look rough when we get to Michigan.” He was planning on proposing as soon as they arrived, and he didn’t want to change his plans. (I don’t blame him! Who wants to walk around with a diamond in your pocket?!) So, as soon as they arrived on the campus where they met a few years earlier, he dropped down to one knee and proposed. Laura in sweat pants and all. This made me think back to my proposal. I had just gotten done teaching my hip hop class and was sweaty, had no makeup, and was wearing the baggiest sweatpants ever when Drew proposed!! But, as I told Laura and Michael, doesn’t that just make the surprise that much better?? She said she had absolutely no idea it was coming at that moment, and I just can imagine the smiles on both of their faces right then :)
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Robin & Brendan | A Folly Beach Engagement

Robin & Brendan

A Folly Beach Engagement

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Robin and Brendan booked me awhile back for their Boone Hall wedding, and I was so excited to finally meet them in person. They came down to Charleston for a visit, and we took the opportunity to have an engagement session in downtown Charleston and at Folly beach. Robin and Brendan¬†are one of those couples who is so easy to get along with. From the very beginning, we were joking around about crappy rental cars, Brendan’s coffee cup that he thought would be a good addition to the photos, and the fact that they HAD to try mango margaritas at Taco Boy after their session. Which was fitting, considering how they met! On their first date, they went out to a Mexican restaurant (the perfect first date, if you ask me). Brendan was having a beer, and Robin had a margarita. The server came by to ask if they would like another round. Robin thought her drink was pretty strong, and didn’t want to drink too much on the first date. She said “no” right as Brendan said “yes,” and even though Robin was fine hanging out a bit longer, Brendan took that as “no, let’s take the check.” Robin felt bad, but didn’t know how to fix the situation. After two weeks of not hearing from Brendan, she contacted him to see if he wanted to hang out again. He did, she explained what had happened, and the rest is history! I love the genuine smiles that you see in their photos when they look at each other, and how many times they dissolved into fits of laughter after something the other had said. Whether they were dancing on the cobblestone streets or cuddled up in the sand, you could tell how perfect they are for each other. Robin and Brendan, I can’t WAIT for your wedding next year!!
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