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Brenda + Derek: Promised | An Annesdale Mansion Engagement

Brenda and Derek love nature and adventure. They are just as at home with zip-lining through a national forest or white water rafting as they are taking a leisurely stroll through the park. They could be camping in the mountains, hiking toward a waterfall, or simply taking their adorable dog, Nica, for a walk around the neighborhood. Their first choice is always outdoors, but they’re not afraid of tackling projects at home either, especially if it involves a hammer, nails, and paint.  They’re up for anything, as long as they’re facing it head-on together, as a team.

Brenda and I were actually friends years ago. But, as is all too common as we grow older, we fell out of touch with each other. I was over-the-moon excited to get an email from her saying that she was engaged! I was thrilled not only to photographing this new journey in her life, but to have the chance to catch up and get to know her again. I knew we would still get along great after reading her email and seeing how much she and Derek love nature, and each other! She even sent me photos of the trip she and Derek took to the Smokey Mountains where they got engaged. They planned a getaway for Derek’s birthday, but as Brenda told me, “turns out he had a surprise for me instead!”

Ed and I met Brenda and Derek at Annesdale Mansion for their engagement session. They both love the property, and since they were unable to have their wedding there, we decided to use it for engagement photos instead! We roamed the house and gardens, laughed as we caught up, and took lots of photos along the way. They even brought Nica along, and we made sure to include her for some photos of the new family!

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After exploring the house for a bit, we moved outside to take advantage of the beautiful fall light!

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I love a couple who is not afraid to wear a bit of color for their photos! Red could not have been more perfect for the season and weather!

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The gardens at Annesdale are truly spectacular, and nothing dresses them up better than a couple in love!

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I loved Brenda’s boots!

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Fall really is the best season for photographs! I love the colorful leaves!

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Brenda, you are stunning.

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Toward the end, we brought Nica in for a few family photos. She started out a bit shy, but she quickly warmed up to the camera!

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She is the cutest thing!

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I couldn’t resist this one! I LOVE that look that Nica is giving Brenda. She’s just like a kid… “ewwwww…. MOM!”

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I’ll end with this shot of Nica, just chilling with her parents, happy as can be.

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Brenda and Derek, thank you for hanging out with us for a day! It was so great seeing you again and meeting little Nica! It’s so easy to see that you two are meant to be, and I’m so glad you have found each other. I can’t wait to see your relationship grow in marriage!

Cheers!

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