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Jessica & Rick are engaged! // Jacksonville Engagement Photographer

A few years back, before Stephen and I teamed up, I had the pleasure of photographing a fashion shoot for Jessica.  It was pictures she wanted simply for herself during a time when she was single and fabulous and learning to stand on her own two feet as a woman.  Come to find out, all these years later, it was during a time she and her then boyfriend now finance Rick were taking a break.  Their love story dates back to 1996, and having been high school sweethearts, their relationship lead to an engagement that they realized wasn’t the right for them then.  After taking a few years off from each other, they realized in the past year, their hearts are never far from each other and that in the end, they were simply meant to be together in the end.  A few weeks ago, Rick brought her previous engagement ring out of the safety deposit box he had it stored in all this time, and this time around, told her to put it back on and never take it off again.  As Jessica said, “I’ve come to realize that he is the man I can live with and the man I cannot live without.”  And as we watched Rick embrace the love of his life, Stephen and I could see it in his eyes that he felt the same about her.  ”I am very excited that I have my heart back!” Jessica said.

Here’s some of our favorite photos below from their engagement session!

p.s. Fun fact about Rick… you might recognize him from a recent E! television show.  He was a character on the Ryan Lochte show that aired this summer.

sarahSeptember 15, 2013 - 4:50 pm

These are beyond fantastic! Creative and innovative. Rick and Jess are good friends of mine from high school and like you and they have said, I can’t picture either one of them with anyone else. I’m so thrilled to see these photos, really, job well done!!!
Love you guys,

RickSeptember 13, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Very good. I am very happy. These are two fantastic, smart and beautiful people. Jessica, you have been committed and patient and want to thank you for that. You hold a special place in my heart.

Rick, you have been very successful and we are all proud of your achievements. May the very best, beyond expectations, come your way.


Gray & Wade were engaged! // Chattanooga Engagement Photographer

Gray and Wade have a unique story in that they practically lived together before ever dating.  What started as roommates in a duplex barely passing each other with quick hellos, eventually months later turned into a friendship because of Wade’s sister as a mutual friend.  As more time passed, and they both attended Wade’s sister’s wedding, they realized they had an undeniable chemistry on the dance floor of the wedding and they knew from that moment on that their hearts were meant to be together.

There’s nothing more flattering than another photographer hiring another photographer.  To be “that” photographer chosen to capture precious memories, to earn the trust of doing what the client does for a living.  I admit I was nervous to take on the job when we first got an email from Gray.  Yet, Gray put her trust in us, and when I saw her tears and smiles and laughter view these engagement images below, I couldn’t help but smile and cry with her knowing we had earned that trust.  You can visit her Gray McCurdy Photography website here!

For their engagement session, Gray wanted to take their photos around her family’s horse farm right outside the Chattanooga, Tennessee area.  Though the photos were taken only a few days before her wedding, with her love of horses growing up, she couldn’t imagine a better place than their big red barn and flowing fields. Here’s some of our favorites from their engagement session.

scarlettAugust 1, 2013 - 7:04 pm

@Faires- You too darling! Keep an eye out for the wedding to follow soon! :-)
@Carrie-Thanks so much!

Carrie AprilAugust 1, 2013 - 6:55 pm

Beautiful photos!

Faires HesterAugust 1, 2013 - 6:40 pm

An amazing couple captured by amazing photographers.

It was my pleasure to work with all of you!

Lauren & Taylor are engaged! // Jacksonville Beach Wedding Photographer

We’re so excited to shoot Lauren and Taylor’s upcoming Jacksonville Beach wedding in the fall!  Despite the recent cold weather, we were able to squeeze in a sunny day at the beach for their engagement session.  These two live a block away from the beach and wanted their engagement session to reflect their beach lifestyle they love so much.  Brides always tell their love story better than I could write it, so here’s a little interview all about why they are excited to marry each other!

  • Q. How did you and Taylor meet?
    A. Taylor and I met while we were both in college. Taylor went to UCF and I went to UF and it turned out that we had some mutual friends. Taylor was visiting a friend of his that went to UF and a friend of mine and I had gone over to stop by and see this guy because she was interested in him. It turned out that nothing ever happened between the two friends, but they say that you could sense the energy in the room shift when Taylor and I met. I could tell there was something about him immediately and I knew I was in trouble. We started talking on the phone frequently and saw each other every time he visited his friends, and after 6 months we had become best friends, made it official, and have been together ever since.
  • Q. How did he propose?
    A. Taylor is super sweet and thoughtful and always wanted the engagement to be a surprise. We both knew that after being together for over 5 years that the time was coming, but I had no idea when. This year we decided to take our first big trip as a couple. We have had the opportunity to go on many fabulous trips with our family and friends, but none just the two of us. Neither of us had ever been to California and San Francisco was a city that always was on top of our travel list. We booked the trip in March and Taylor said that he instantly knew that he was going to propose before we left and started planning.On the night before we left, we were finishing up packing early to get ready for bed because we had a very early flight. Taylor suggested that we take a walk on the beach before we settle down for the night, which is something we often do on week nights after work, and that specific week we had every single night because the weather was so perfect. Again it was a beautiful night, right at sunset, and after walking about 5 blocks Taylor led me up towards the dunes where a blanket and picnic basket were set out. He got down on one knee in front of the blanket, I kept saying “Are you serious”, eventually I said yes, he sat me down while I was crying and pulled out of the basket my favorite flowers, our favorite champagne, and his music player that played a playlist he made of all the songs that make him think of me. There was no one else on the beach, and we sat there and had champagne while the sunset. It was perfect.

  • Q. Bride, what do you love most about your groom?
    A. It would be impossible to really put into words how much I love Taylor. He is my best friend and the absolute love of my life. One of the best things about Taylor is his sense of humor. No one can make me laugh like him. Whether he is laughing at himself, making fun of some silly situation we have gotten ourselves into, or just randomly joking around, he is always laughing and having fun. I know with him I will be laughing for the rest of my life. There is just something about Taylor that makes people gravitate to him, he can make friends with anyone, always goes out of his way to make people feel comfortable, and has the natural ability to light up a room with his fun and laid back attitude. I love that Taylor has a tough and manly side, but also a sweet and romantic side. Taylor is protective and makes me feel safe. Taylor brings out the best in me and makes me a better person. Taylor is so determined and dedicated to whatever it may be that he puts his mind to, whether it is work, his health and fitness, or some random research project he takes on. Taylor is so intelligent and has this fabulous curiosity, he is always finding a new topic that he wants to learn more about. I love that Taylor is always willing to jump in or run off to do something fun, but when it comes to important matters he is so cautious and practical. I love that Taylor is confidant and so comfortable with who he is. He can go from talking football and joking around with the guys to talking about the latest fashions with the girls. Everyday of my life Taylor gives me the two things I think are most important in life, love and laughter. What more can a girl ask for? And lets be honest, the good looks don’t hurt either. ☺
  • Q. Groom, what do you love most about your bride?
    A. (In no particular order)1. Lauren has the kindest soul I have ever felt. She wholeheartedly loves her family, friends, and most importantly loves life. She is a delight to be around.

    2. I love her positive energy, it can be felt when she walks into a room and it’s beautiful.

    3. Laugh, laugh, and laugh some more is the theme in Lauren and I’s relationship. She constantly makes me laugh, I love it.

    4. She is absolutely gorgeous, even though we have been together the better part of 6 years, she continues to take my breath away, I am truly a lucky guy.

  • Q. If you have kids in the future, what advice would you give your kids about waiting for the right “one”?
    A. I believe that you do not need to search for the “one”, when you find them you will know. I will tell my children that what you feel for that person is unlike anything you have felt before and can’t be put into words. Once you find the “one”, love them with every fiber of your being, cherish them everyday, and never ever let them go.

LeonMay 2, 2013 - 4:51 am

Beautiful set of photography. Great job done! :)

David @ AiP Creative PhotographyApril 3, 2013 - 11:34 am

Love these! Especially the back lit ones, but they are all great!

bethanyMarch 26, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Absolutely stunning. I love every image. Well done.

Kacy & Ross are engaged! // Jacksonville Engagement Photographer

Ross vividly remembers the day he first set his eyes on the woman he had no idea would become his bride.  Kacy happen to walk past Ross’s cubical and he did an immediate 180 to see the beauty that just passed by.  Though there was a mutual attraction, the two became friends for about three years playing volleyball on the beach, taking trips to Gainesville to watch the Gators play, hours talking on the phone and hanging out with mutual friends.  Through their long chats “just as friends” they began to have deep conversations about their personal walks with God, their goals, advice, etc.  While everyone encouraged them to date, they simply remained friends and Ross soon left to move to south Florida for work.  They continued to speak every month or so, and through Kacy’s encouragement, Ross started attending church and grew into a deep relationship with Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  It was during this time that Ross learned to put God first, while at the same time Kacy was also drawing nearer to God.  Although both of them did not realize it at the time, God was using this period to prepare them for one another. It wasn’t until they reconnected while Ross was in Jacksonville during a weekend in March 2012, that they realized God’s perfect plan was for them to be together!  Over the holidays, Ross proposed to Kacy in Charleston and now they plan to have a short engagement so excited to begin their lives together and get rid of the distance of being in two different locations.

“We just want God’s presence to be known,” said Kacy when asked about their wedding plans.  ”We just want it to be about Him and how He brought us together.”  Kacy, 32, also wants single girls to be encouraged by her story that true love is worth the wait.  ”You just have to wait on God, I keep telling my girlfriends that,” Kacy said. “As hard as it was to wait, I mean, look at what He brought me in the end, HELLO!  He’s hot!” she said with a giggle and a blush.

Not only is Kacy now one of our lovely brides, she is also one of my best friends, and was a bridesmaid in our wedding, and I couldn’t be happier for my beautiful friend! Here’s some of our favorites from her and Ross’s engagement session!

Kellene MaynardFebruary 20, 2013 - 5:08 pm

I just LOVE all the colors in the session! INCREDIBLE you guys!

Tabra GomskiJanuary 23, 2013 - 4:27 pm

Words cannot even describe how beautiful the two of you are! What a gift to have such a talented friend to capture not only the outer beauty, but the inner beauty as well. God bless you!

ReneJanuary 23, 2013 - 8:07 am

Forever adorable KAcy! You captured her heart and soul so beautifully. Love the flying seagulls shot!

Lia LernerJanuary 22, 2013 - 9:01 pm

What a beautiful couple and beautiful photos!!!!

Christie DonohoJanuary 22, 2013 - 8:21 pm

Amazing couple! Amazing photos! Congratuations Kacy and Ross. Scarlett, you’ve truly captured there inner and outer beauty and most importantly their love.

Jen HoldmanJanuary 22, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Love the photos of my sweet friend and can’t wait for the day they are husband and wife! To God be the glory! :-)
Beautiful as always, Scarlett!

Liz Anne & Reed are engaged! /// Fernandina Beach Wedding Photographer

For Liz Anne & Reed, their love story goes beyond the two of them.  It also includes their 3 year old son Ammons who is their greatest joy in life.  But first, their love story begins 10 years ago when Liz Anne & Reed first met at a bar.  Reed introduced himself to Liz Anne but she quickly brushed him off.  Liz Anne swears she doesn’t remember this moment, but a few weeks later, what she does remember is that she saw him playing in a band and just had to meet him! “His voice is no doubt a gift from Heaven,” Liz Anne said. “Watching him on stage is mesmerizing.”

Fast forward 10 years, and Reed took Liz Anne for a “birthday celebration” earlier this year.  He blind folded her and took her to their favorite “restaurant” which turned out to be a breathtaking lake view at their lake house which had music playing in the background, a champagne bottle, dozens of floating candles in the lake, chocolate covered strawberries and more.  He gave her a birthday card, and while she was reading it, Reed got down on one knee and presented her a gorgeous ring asking him to marry her!  ”Reed was so overtaken by emotion it was hard for him to get the question out,” Liz Anne described. “I said YES!”  And within minutes, their son Ammons appeared dressed in a bow tie and a bouquet of roses ready to join the celebration!

For their engagement session, they didn’t want it to just be about the two of them, they wanted it to include the three of them, so this engagement session is partly a family session as well.  Here’s some of our favorites below!

Christy BennettDecember 4, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Love Love! Can’t wait to see the wedding pictures!

Tricia AdamsOctober 31, 2012 - 4:11 pm

I love the pictures they are beautiful

Vicky BowenOctober 11, 2012 - 2:53 pm

These are wonderful! Love to see the smile Reed and Ammons brings to your face.

Amiya AmmonsOctober 10, 2012 - 11:53 am

Beautiful pics sis! Love you!

JENNIOctober 7, 2012 - 6:39 pm

Beautiful pics! Beautiful family!

ShaeOctober 7, 2012 - 5:52 pm

I love all the photos! But, Ammons takes the cake. So cute!

CASEY MATTOXOctober 4, 2012 - 7:43 am

Looking Good!! Congrats!

CINDY ALLENOctober 3, 2012 - 8:20 pm

love the pics and love these three very much!

TiffanyOctober 3, 2012 - 5:31 pm


SusanOctober 3, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Those are fantastic! Congratulations!

DuwardOctober 3, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Right on time!

NancyOctober 3, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Such a sweet family!! Awesome pics!

Emily BurtonOctober 3, 2012 - 11:17 am

Absolutely Breathtaking!

NicoleOctober 3, 2012 - 10:07 am

Love, Love, Love these pictures. Almost as much as I love you guys ;)

JamieOctober 3, 2012 - 10:03 am

Awesome! Love the one with Chunky monkey swinging!

Uvon HaggardOctober 3, 2012 - 9:40 am

Love the pictures!!! Congratulations! Little Ammons is just too precious!

Sue Ann DixonOctober 3, 2012 - 9:22 am

Simply beautiful!! Congratulations Liz Anne and Reed!! Love you lots!!

Tina RosarioOctober 3, 2012 - 8:58 am

Love these pics Liz! Your little fam is perfect!!

Wanda WheelerOctober 3, 2012 - 8:37 am

Beautiful pictures….love that you included Ammons…he look so much like Reed! Can’t wait until the wedding!

Jane BoyettOctober 3, 2012 - 6:36 am

Beautiful pictures of you all.

JodyOctober 3, 2012 - 3:22 am

Great love story, proposal, and photos!

Kristi LeggettOctober 3, 2012 - 12:28 am

OMG Liz … love love love these….can’t wait to see all of them!

Elizabeth Hitchner WilsonOctober 2, 2012 - 11:44 pm

Yall are such a beautiful family. The photos are absolutely stunning !

Angela HigginbothamOctober 2, 2012 - 10:46 pm

Beautiful! Love them!

Sarai MorganOctober 2, 2012 - 10:45 pm

Love these photos, Liz! You guys are adorable!!! See you soon, Mama! xoxox

AmyOctober 2, 2012 - 10:38 pm

Love these pictures! The way you captured the love of a family AND couple is amazing. Great job of mixing posed pictures as well as candid shots too.

Justin HarrisonOctober 2, 2012 - 10:22 pm

Love them!!! Congrats Liz Anne and Reed!! Love you guys!!!

Libby CarterOctober 2, 2012 - 10:22 pm

daz wazzzzzup!

Kelli EcholsOctober 2, 2012 - 10:15 pm

I love the pic!!! Y’all are too cute!

Anna WalkerOctober 2, 2012 - 10:13 pm

These photos catch you, Reed, and Ammons perfectly! I love them! Y’all are all so beautiful!

Stacia FullerOctober 2, 2012 - 10:10 pm

oooweee! Mama’s gettin her some sugar!!! Love these photos. Can’t wait to celebrate the big day.

Tiffani WalkerOctober 2, 2012 - 10:05 pm

OMG!!! Love them!

Matthew WalkerOctober 2, 2012 - 10:03 pm

Great Pictures!!!