19 Dec Michelle + Joe: Promised. | a Heartwood Hall Engagement
Michelle and Joe met at an event that she was coordinating. A friend introduced them, and they talked for only a minute before she had to run off and prevent some disaster or other from happening. But a minute was all it took. Joe couldn’t get her out of his mind, and she didn’t forget him either. Later, when he called her up for a date, she readily agreed. He took her to a local restaurant, Hog & Hominy, and there began their mutual love of good food… and each other.
It didn’t take long before Joe knew that he had to make Michelle his wife. He planned a romantic trip to Gatlinburg, where he booked what he thought was a private cabin near a stream. It turned out that the cabin was actually not as private as the photos on the website made it appear. It was closer to the hustle and bustle of Gatlinburg tourists, and other cabins were crowded in closely. He was already nervous, with the ring in his pocket, but he knew he had to find a way to get Michelle away from the city lights and potential onlookers. He suggested a walk and steered her toward the stream, away from noise, where the trees and water blocked everything around them. There, with just the two of them, as he had wanted, he proposed, and Michelle happily accepted.
Michelle and Joe are marrying early next year at Heartwood Hall, and we are so excited to be a part of their day! Because wedding days fly by so fast, they wanted to be able to have plenty of photos on the property, so we met them there to kick off their engagement session.
It was so easy to see how in love Michelle and Joe are by the easy way he makes her laugh.
I have no idea what kind of fruit tree this was in the background, but I loved it! It was perfect for fall!
Michelle, you have the best laugh, and one of the prettiest smiles I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot of smiles)!
After a change of outfits, we made our way to Hog & Hominy. Michelle and Joe had their first, and many subsequent, dates here. We wanted to be sure to include some photos at the spot that means so much to them.
They sat outside at this table for that first significant dinner.
We were able to catch the sun between the buildings before it set for the night.
I love these more photojournalistic photos of the two of them inside the restaurant. We just let them do their thing!
And here is where Michelle and Joe introduced us to the Moscow Mule… and our lives were changed. Not only are these cocktails deliciously flavorful while being equally stout, but they come in these amazing copper cups. Yeah. Sold.
Michelle and Joe, thank you so much for spending a day with us! We completely enjoyed getting to know you, hearing all your fun stories, and exploring new food and drink options together! You are both such special people, and we are so glad that you have found each other. We can’t wait for the wedding!