lauren + chris: an oxford rowan oak engagement.

One of my very favorite things is when I get to work with a family member of a previous couple. Last May, we shot Rachael’s and Matt’s awesome wedding (still one of my favorite receptions ever!) in Oxford. Early next year, I will be eternally grateful to photograph the wedding of Matt’s brother, Chris, and his lovely bride, Lauren. In fact, it was Rachael who introduced them. After Rachael started dating Matt, she told Lauren, who is one of her good friends, that she should meet his brother. Lauren figured he would not make the cut, since he wasn’t taken already (read: there must be something wrong with him!), but she agreed to meet him anyway. When she did, it didn’t take long for her to fall head over heels. In her words, Chris is “a nice guy. He’s genuine. What you see is what you get.” It turned out Chris wasn’t taken already because he was waiting for the right girl. He was waiting for Lauren.

Chris knew right away that Lauren was the right girl. When he decided that he wanted to be with her forever, he took her to the mountains in Gatlinburg with a plan to propose. Since neither had been there since they were young, they had forgotten how cheesy it is. Determined to make the most of it anyway, Chris asked their hotel manager for a suitable sight-seeing attraction. So, at the top of the Space Needle, Chris made his plans to ask Lauren to marry him. But Chris is deathly afraid of heights. So while Lauren ooohed and aaaahed over the views, Chris remained plastered to the inside wall. Even after asking Lauren to marry him, he refused to take the ring out of the box, for fear of dropping it! Lauren agreed with excitement, and began jumping up and down on the rickety structure, which only added to Chris’ anxiety.

I am pleased to say that they both survived the trip and returned to Oxford engaged! They will marry in April here in Memphis, but Ed and I drove to Oxford for their engagement shoot. They chose one of my most favorite locations: William Faulkner’s historic home, Rowan Oak, and the day could not have been more perfect for it!

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

Yes, they are entirely adorable.

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

I think this one is my favorite.

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

No, wait, maybe it’s this one….

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

Meanwhile, Ed is always thinking of an alternate angle. His shot of the bling on the left.

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

LOVE this one too!

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

Chris, I can totally see why Lauren likes you.

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

I love shooting in the fall!

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

Sigh.

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

Oh, I am SO all about the boots.

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

Rowan Oak is amazing. Beautiful. Perfect. I could shoot there every day and never get tired of it.

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

Lauren and Chris were so much fun, and made my job super easy!

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

Rustic wooden gate? Yes please!

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

Okay, this one is definitely my favorite. Maybe.

Oxford Rowan Oak Engagement

Lauren and Chris, we had an amazing time hanging out with you! I love your out-of-the-box thinking, and the way you are not afraid to be yourselves! Thankyouthankyouthankyou for spending an evening with us, and totally rocking it for the camera! By the way, I did go back and look at Rachael’s and Matt’s reception photos, and I was obviously smitten with you back then! I have a ton of photos of you two 😉

CLICK HERE to see more photos from Lauren’s and Chris’ engagement session. Here’s to friends who know you better than you know yourself. And Gatlinburg. And facing your fears. Cheers!

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