Memphis Military Engagement

kimel + greg: promised: a memphis military engagement

Greg was shy. He was so shy, he could barely say two words to Kimel when he met her. When a friend introduced them, she tried to engage him in conversation but soon gave up when she thought he wasn’t interested. In fact, she thought he was a jerk, albeit a good-looking jerk. So when the friend told Kimel that Greg wanted her number, she was surprised to find out that Greg thought she was the most beautiful woman he had ever met.

She turned over her phone number, but it was Facebook that Greg used for conversation instead, still too shy to talk with Kimel in person. Finally, she bluntly asked him if he was ever going to call her. So Greg gathered his courage, called Kimel, and asked her to go ice skating with him. Kimel agreed. She was a little clumsy, but determined, on the ice, and afterward they spent all night talking at dinner. Once Greg finally opened his mouth, Kimel found that she liked him very much.

Although they are complete opposites, they are perfect together. Kimel’s mom said it best after seeing them together when she told Kimel, “Now I get it. He balances you.”

Greg is still on active duty in the Army, so we had to carefully plan their engagement session. We were able to fit it in on his last trip home, and Ed and I met them both in Overton Square for their photos. They wanted to include a nod to Greg’s Army service, so he wore his fatigues for their military engagement session. Kimel added some contrast with her pink dress and heels. I absolutely loved it!

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Because Greg spends so much time away on duty, he and Kimel are sure to take advantage of any time spent together. They are so great together!

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I love how these twinkle lights looked like stars!

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After a change of clothes, we headed downtown for sunset on the river.

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Greg’s one request was a photo with the Mississippi River bridge in the background. He has an iPhone photo that he and Kimel took at the bridge that he carries with him when he’s away. When he gets homesick, it’s looking at that photo that makes him feel better. We were more than happy to upgrade this very special photo!

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Kimel and Greg, thank you so much for sharing a very valuable evening with us! We loved getting to know you better and learning your story. It’s so easy to see how perfect you are for each other! I can’t wait for the wedding!

Here’s to overcoming fears. And a good balancing act. And bridges that make you feel less alone.


  • Kimel Fryer
    Posted at 13:15h, 25 June

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE THEM!!!!!!! Thank you and Ed so much!!! I am literally speechless at how beautiful the pictures are! Also, awesome job at describing our “How we Met” story! Through his extreme shyness and my clumsy tendencies while skating, we found love and you captured that on camera perfectly!!! I’m so excited for the wedding and grateful that you’re going to capture even more beautiful moments on that special day!!!! Thank you again!!!

    • Amy
      Posted at 13:44h, 25 June

      You’re so welcome, Kimel! We loved this session, and we can’t wait for you to see the rest!

  • Almeda Cannon Luster
    Posted at 13:41h, 25 June

    Kimel and Greg,
    I am a dear friend of Lisa’s, and I am so elated to hear of all the wedding plans as both of you prepare to spend the rest of your lives together! Kimel, although I did not see much of you as a child/teen/college student, your mom kept me informed of your accomplishments/degrees. May God continue to bless your relationship as your move toward the big day in December!
    Almeda Cannon Luster

  • Danielle Bozarth
    Posted at 19:42h, 25 June

    Your pictures were beautiful. My daughter Kaylee Bozarth was in your mom’s class this past year. Kaylee talked about your wedding often! Congratulations on your engagement and I can not wait to see wedding photos!!

  • Shirley J. Mason
    Posted at 20:27h, 25 June

    Kimel & Greg,

    Congratulations on your engagement and your pending wedding. Kimel, it is so good to see you and the beautiful young lady you have become. I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. I keep up with you through your mom. I am looking forward to being with you on your special day.

    Greg, take care of our baby! She grew up around a lot of people that love her and her mom, Lisa. And now,we can add you to our list. Therefore, we love and claim you too. -:)

  • Lori McClain
    Posted at 20:27h, 25 June

    This is such an awesome story. The pictures are flawless. Kimel I am a friend of your moms and she has raised a beautiful daughter. Thank for you and your (soon to be) husbands sacrifice. Many blessings and lots of love.
    Lori McClain

  • Marion Lisa Fryer
    Posted at 21:11h, 25 June

    Awesome! You and your husband have a great talent for capturing the right amount of light which displays the most romantic moods. We, (Kimel and I) saw your work at a bridal show two years ago. I’m so glad she chose you to do her wedding photography. I of course love the photos of Greg and Kimel when he’s in his uniform with her touch of color in the pink dress. I love the nose to nose challenge photo and the best of the best is the picture with the Memphis bridge silhouette in the background. Thank you for making this a special event for Kimel and Greg.

    • Amy
      Posted at 10:12h, 26 June

      You’re so very welcome, Lisa! This was such a fun shoot, and we loved doing it! We are honored to be shooting their wedding, and we can’t wait! I know it will be fabulous!

  • Martine Peters
    Posted at 21:16h, 25 June

    Amy and Ed,

    Wow!I am Greg’s mom; You have really capture Greg’s shyness and Kimel’s beauty! Those pictures are just perfect and reflect their personalities and their love. Absolutely beautiful! And I love the story!

    Kimel and Greg,

    Those pictures are so beautiful! You kids are just gorgeous together! Love, love those pics and love you two!

    • Amy
      Posted at 10:13h, 26 June

      Thank you, Martine! They are such a fun couple! We are so glad we get the chance to know them 🙂

  • Erica Perkins Brandon
    Posted at 21:19h, 25 June

    Congrats Kimel &Greg!!!! This story had me in tears. I am so happy for you all and I can’t wait until December 21st!!!! These pictures are absolutely gorgeous !!!! You can see the love!!

    • Lisa Fryer
      Posted at 17:05h, 28 June

      Thanks Erica. We can’t wait until we see you on Saturday, December 20th too….♥ U…

  • Crystal E.
    Posted at 21:36h, 25 June

    These pictures are so gorgeous! I absolutely love them. Kimel, you and Gregg make such a striking couple, and I cannot wait to watch you both tie the knot in just a few short months!!

  • Miriam Fryer
    Posted at 21:41h, 25 June

    This photo session is AMAZING! BEAUTIFUL is an understatement. ♡♡♡

  • Michelle
    Posted at 22:02h, 25 June

    I am just IN LOVE with these pics Kimel! My daddy would be so proud of you! Congratulations to my beautiful cousin!!

  • James Conway
    Posted at 22:49h, 25 June

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the story with the pictures. Great touch!

  • Chelsice
    Posted at 22:52h, 25 June

    LOVE!! I’m so excited for you two and can’t wait to see you walk down that aisle beautiful!Love you boo!

  • Tina Taylor
    Posted at 23:21h, 25 June

    What a beautiful story!! We(Zeta Lambda) are so proud of you and wish you a life of happiness with Greg. You have grown into a beautiful young lady and deserve nothing less than the best!!

  • Evangeline Hardaway
    Posted at 00:48h, 26 June

    Absolutely beautiful!!!! WOW!!

  • Angela Nash
    Posted at 05:31h, 26 June

    Very touching and beautiful pictures, may God blessed them both!!

  • W. Peazy
    Posted at 08:43h, 26 June

    Maaaannnn, the Otises! You two look great! Congratulations again!

  • Janice H.
    Posted at 08:47h, 26 June

    This is ssooo beautiful on many levels. Congratulations Kimel, Greg, and Lisa! God bless you all!

  • Jennifer Demoff
    Posted at 08:55h, 26 June

    So so cute! I absolutely love these pictures. They are so sweet and capture so well the love these two share. I’m so happy for you Kimel!! What a great love story, that is just beginning…

  • Austin
    Posted at 13:37h, 26 June

    WOW!! These photos capture you both so well—made me tear up reading your story about the Mississippi River bridge. Love to you both and congrats to the photographer on a job well done 🙂

  • Malissia. Hudson
    Posted at 15:02h, 26 June

    A love story. AMAZING!

  • Dee Woods
    Posted at 15:11h, 26 June

    Kimel& Greg I love how you decided to share with your family and friends your decision to share the rest of you life as one. The pictures capture your love perfectly. So all the way from Nashville, Tn by way of West Tn the Woods family wish you the best !!

  • Mark perdue
    Posted at 15:16h, 26 June

    they are very happy great job on the pictures

  • Brittney
    Posted at 16:09h, 26 June

    To no surprise, these are absolutely beautiful. Amy, you captured the love they share in every picture. Kim and Greg, I wish you both the happiness seen in these pictures everyday for the rest of your lives together. Can’t wait to celebrate with you guys.

  • Miriam
    Posted at 17:51h, 26 June

    HEY!!! I LOVED THE PICS!! They turned out amazing! Amy is truly talented at what she does. I can’t wait until the big day! 🙂

  • Barbara Newkirk
    Posted at 08:03h, 27 June

    Congradulations!Beautiful pictures

  • Sandra Worthy
    Posted at 09:11h, 27 June

    Congratulations to a beautiful couple!! Wishing you both an eternity of love and happiness together. Your pictures are really amazing.

  • Tara Idom
    Posted at 14:57h, 27 June

    Congratulations on your engagement! May you have a blessed and happy life together for years to come.

  • Shelia Perkins
    Posted at 17:44h, 27 June

    I absolutely adore these pictures! Yall have a beautiful love story. I can’t wait until December! Love ya gorgeous!

  • Erica Brandon
    Posted at 17:26h, 28 June

    My apologies Kimel and Greg can’t wait to see you on December 20!!!

  • Darrin D Madison
    Posted at 10:32h, 29 June

    Hello the pictures are beautiful u guys look great together. Hope both of you all the happiness the world has to offer you. God Bless!!!

  • Donna
    Posted at 12:22h, 30 June

    Great Pictures! Congratulations!

  • Nikki Frank
    Posted at 13:12h, 30 June

    Love this story! Gorgeous photos and couple… So proud of my cousin Kimel!

  • Barb Pilarski
    Posted at 17:43h, 02 July

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple. Best of luck to both of you!

  • Katie Shackleford
    Posted at 19:36h, 06 July

    Beautiful pictures Kimel! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sharla Johnson
    Posted at 04:59h, 14 October

    Beautiful and Blessed!!!

  • Michele Macklin
    Posted at 09:54h, 02 December

    OK..I’m in tears again