26 Sep Karen + Derek: a Rural Nashville Tennessee Engagement, Part 2
You would think that spending a whole day taking photos would get old fast. Not for me – I could take photos all day every day – but for Karen and Derek. I was worried that they would get burned out before we got to the best light of the day. But I needn’t have worried! Our carefree and editorial approach to most of the day meant that they were really just spending their weekend how they normally would, and we were simply watching and documenting. We got awesome photos and they were natural and enjoyed the process. Win win!
It also helped that we all had a great time together. We discovered early in the day that Karen and Derek are a lot like Ed and I, and we got along famously! Like us, they enjoy traveling and seeing new places. They like playing pool. They have trouble making decisions on where to eat (although I think this is the bane of every couple!). They appreciate a good night at home as much as a night out. And they have their own little spots – the places that they enjoy going together and that helps define their style as a couple.
One of these places is Leiper’s Fork. While we were planning their engagement shoot, Karen told me about this little historic place where she and Derek liked to spend their time. They knew they wanted some photos there, and I was excited and curious to see this hidden gem. I was completely unprepared for how picturesque and unique it is! It was love at first sight for me, and I could see right away why Karen and Derek loved it so much.
We started at the Lawn Chair Theatre, and that’s exactly what it was! Picnic tables topped with moss centerpieces, hanging baskets full of colorful plants, string lights (yay!), and a big lawn for outdoor movies. I wanted to move in.
Leiper’s Fork is full of the cutest galleries and unique shops. There are chairs and small gathering spaces everywhere. The whole town just invites you to sit down and enjoy Tennessee life.
Love this shot from Ed’s angle!
This gallery was all decked out for Fall, and it was one of my favorite spots! There were more string lights, a seating area with a fire pit nearby, and a vista of Tennessee views!
Karen, you are gorgeous!
While Ed and I were in the car earlier in the day making our way toward Nashville, I kept noticing that the highways were lined with blooming goldenrod. I was hoping we would find some to include in a few photos, and we did! It was right at sunset, when everything was golden anyway, and I love how these turned out!
A favorite! They just look so happy.
Ed gets total credit for these next few. Getting to know Karen and Derek throughout the day, we learned that Derek always seemed to be pulled toward old barns and country life. On our short drive to Leiper’s Fork, Ed spotted an old, deteriorating barn in the distance. Derek needed no convincing to check it out and include it in a few photos on our way back.
This spot was gorgeous! I love that you can see the rolling hills in the background, and the fading sunset light made everything glow. It was the perfect ending to our photographic journey! Ed gets a raise.
Karen and Derek, we can’t thank you enough for spending a whole day with us! We had a great time getting to know you both, and I loved every second of it! I had no idea that Tennessee could be so pretty, and you guys make it an even better place. Thank you so much for showing us around and being the perfect photographic subjects! I want to do it all over again!
If you missed Part 1 of our Tennessee adventures, be sure to check that out here!
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