morgan + mike: promised. an atlanta engagement.

Morgan and Mike were good friends in college. They had friends in common, and they routinely found themselves at the same parties, functions, and get-togethers. Then Mike moved to New York City. Morgan was never more than a phone call away, but Mike wanted to be much closer. One evening, Mike was tired of waiting, and told Morgan that her current boyfriend wasn’t the right man for her. He was. And just like that, Mike was upgraded to “more than a friend.”

When Mike decided the time was right to make their relationship permanent, he planned an elaborate proposal in the Big Apple. He lured Morgan to New York and took her for a walk in Manhattan. Because Hurricane Sandy had just torn through New York, the city was deserted, except for a lone homeless man on a nearby bench. There, in the quiet solitude, Mike got to his knee and asked Morgan to be his wife. Caught off guard, but thrilled, Morgan immediately said yes.

They made their way to one of their favorite local pubs, which was one of the few places open after the storms. There, Morgan was surprised yet again by her family, who had secretly made the journey to New York to congratulate the new couple. She was perhaps most shocked when she hugged her dad, who was none other than the homeless man lying on the bench just a few minutes before. Mike had given him a camera, and he had captured the whole proposal incognito!

Morgan and Mike will be having a destination wedding later this year in Memphis. We wanted to capture who they really are, so Ed and I were thrilled to travel down to their home in Atlanta for their engagement session.

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This duck pond is very special to Morgan, since her grandmother used to take her there as a child.

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Morgan, you are gorgeous!

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After a quick wardrobe change, we made our way to a nearby golf course, where the tall buildings of Buckhead were visible in the distance.

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LOVE this one!

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The mimosas were blooming and made the perfect backdrop for sunset!

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The cloudy day made for a gorgeous sunset-lit sky!

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Morgan and Mike, thank you SO much for hanging out with us for an evening! We had so much fun getting to know you, and seeing parts of Atlanta that were new to us. You were awesome hosts! One day, we will all have to have dinner at Bistro Niko (it was fantastic)!

Here’s to knowing when the moment is right. And being upgraded. And a dad willing to do anything to get the shot! Cheers!

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