kelsey + drew: a downtown memphis engagement.

They’ve been chasing each other their whole lives. Kelsey and Drew have known each other since they were in middle school. They managed to still be friends after the girls-are-icky stage, then after the I-think-he-hates-me stage, and even after the she’s-stalking-me stage. When they were both 15, they finally gave in, admitted they liked each other, and started dating. Then the next year, they both transferred to different high schools.

When it was time for college, Kelsey decided that she would follow Drew to his college of choice out of town, so that they might actually have some time to spend together. But as soon as they were settled, Drew decided that it was not the best college for his career after all, and he wanted to transfer. Kelsey knew he was right, but still cried the whole time they were filling out his transfer application.

When Kelsey graduated and earned her nursing degree, Drew decided that he’s been away from Kelsey long enough. So on a beautiful summer day at the lake, Drew asked Kelsey to be his wife. Kelsey agreed to share her life with him, even though they’re not sure where that will be just yet. They only know that they want to figure it out together.

Ed and I met Kelsey and Drew downtown on an unusually chilly day for their engagement session. They are getting married in June, and we can’t wait for the wedding!

Downtown Memphis Engagement

Kelsey and Drew had no problem making out in front of the camera, since it had been so long since they last saw each other! Drew came into town for the photo session, and they were both eager to spend time together, even if it was for photos.

Downtown Memphis Engagement

Kelsey has the most adorable smile ever.

Downtown Memphis Engagement

And Drew, you’re not half bad either! I can see why Kelsey likes you.

Downtown Memphis Engagement

LOVE these.

Downtown Memphis Engagement

Downtown Memphis Engagement

Downtown Memphis Engagement

It was mostly cloudy all day, but the light was still gorgeous.

Downtown Memphis Engagement

But when the sun peeked out briefly, we were all eager to get it in a few photos (and warm up)!

Downtown Memphis Engagement

I could photograph these two all day. Despite Drew’s aversion to photos, they were both so natural in front of the camera!

Downtown Memphis Engagement

Downtown Memphis Engagement

Downtown Memphis Engagement

See? He’s having fun. Ed’s photo on the right.

Downtown Memphis Engagement

We ended up at the river right in time for sunset. Kelsey and Drew are having a special engagement party in December, and Drew’s mom wanted some photos for the Mardi Gras themed festivities. I was all too happy to oblige!

Downtown Memphis Engagement

Downtown Memphis Engagement

Kelsey and Drew, thank you so much for hanging out with us for an evening! And Drew, special thanks to you for making the trip. I’m so glad you “didn’t hate it” 😉 It was so much fun getting to know you better. I know the engagement party will be a blast, and the wedding day will be perfect! I can’t wait!

CLICK HERE to see more photos from Kelsey’s and Drew’s downtown Memphis engagement session.

Here’s to chasing the one you love. And waiting patiently. And rare make-out sessions! Cheers!

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