When Allison and Brad answered my relationship questionnaire they told me they are “both fairly quiet”. Either they were totally lying or I broke some sort of shell because we had SO much fun at their Willowwood Arboretum engagement session! We laughed. We laughed A LOT. I had never heard of Willowwood Arboretum until Allison mentioned it to me and I was so thrilled to get there and see the endless possibilities of gorgeous backdrops to shoot!
When they first contacted me I knew I wanted to shoot their wedding. They had both lived out west for a while (Colorado and Jackson Hole, Wyoming- AH, two of my favorite places in the US hands down), working at ski resorts, skiing every day, living in the mountains, basically living my dream. THEN, they told me they’re getting married at the venue that’s on the same street my dad grew up on (Canoe Brook Country Club) and I knew it had to be a sign.
Allison and Brad first shared with me their sweet proposal story: Here’s Allison’s recollection:
“Brad really wanted to go to the beach by our rental for the sunset on our first night in Florida in Siesta Key. He rushed me while I was getting ready which is very unlike him (Brad is the most laid-back person most people know). When we arrived at the beach just as the sun was disappearing, there were about 100 people all over the beach. Brad seemed really nervous that so many people were there so I suggested we walk further down the beach. When we got away from other people he just stood there so I asked if he wanted to sit. He said yes but before we sat he wanted to ask me something and then he proposed!! There was a huge tidal pool behind us and when we turned around, there was a flamingo hanging out at the other end of the water!!”
We explored the arboretum’s gardens and buildings and found some of the most wonderful light on an otherwise gloomy day. I am so thrilled that I get to be there on their wedding day- I know it’s going to be nothing short of amazing.