It’s not every day that I get to photograph a couple who I know outside of my photography business (oh wait, I did just photograph my friends!).
Grace (or in my book, Gracie), and I met my freshman year of college at the University of Notre Dame. We were both members of the swim team, and Grace was lovingly titled the mom of the team. Her kind, nurturing personality allowed for everyone on the team to feel secure and looked after as we dealt with the pressures that came along with being a student-athlete. But beyond being the matriarch of the swim team, Grace was such a fun person to be around. Some of my favorite memories from college involve Grace and her signature dance moves.
When Grace first introduced me to Chris, I knew he was going to be “the one” for her (as cheesy as that sounds). My first impressions of Chris was that he was intelligent, soft-spoken, and a little goofy when the situation presents itself. He was the perfect personality to both compliment and balance Grace, something I believe needs to be a match in all long-lasting relationships.
Chris proposed to Grace on a family Fourth of July trip at Lake Tahoe. The best part of the proposal was that Grace was genuinely surprised! As a wedding photographer, I hear a lot of proposal stories. You’d be surprised to hear just how many proposals aren’t truly a surprise. I give kudos to anyone who pulls off a true surprise!
When Grace learned that she was going to be in Telluride over the holidays, she reached out to see if I could take some engagement photos her and Chris. Of course I said yes! We also timed the session to coordinate with watching the Notre Dame vs Clemson playoff game.
It’s always funny photographing someone you know personally. I normally give a quick preface that I am putting on my photographer hat and taking off the friend hat, but I just realized how funny that is. When I become someone’s wedding photographer, I become their friend! I am the one helping my brides feel confident throughout the wedding planning process so that they can truly relax and live in the moment on their big day.
Gracie and Chris, thank you for allowing me to share in this experience with you. Engagement photos are not just a great keepsake, but a tangible memory for a lifetime. I am so happy I got to be a part of this memory with you two, celebrating the love you two have created to last a lifetime.