sarah + gary: promised. a memphis shelby farms engagement.

Sarah picked up the phone and called her mom right after she first met Gary. “Mom,” she said, “I found the man I’m going to marry.”  Gary, however, had no idea that she was even interested in him. They met their junior year at Citadel, a military college in Charleston. Sarah chose the college because she wanted to challenge herself. Gary chose it because he had always known he would become a Marine. But it wasn’t until their Senior year when a mutual friend decided that they were perfect for each other. With a there’s-no-reason-you-two-shouldn’t-be-dating mentality, she arranged for Gary to ask Sarah out. Being a proper Marine man, Gary did it right. He picked up the phone and called Sarah’s dad for permission to ask her out. A year later, he picked up the phone again to ask Sarah’s dad for her hand.

Sarah has been hurriedly planning their wedding while Gary was stationed in Japan. After the challenge of a relationship in completely different timezones, planning a wedding in less than 5 months was easy. They will wed in May, and will immediately move back to Japan, this time together.

Gary returned to the States recently for training, and Ed and I were able to meet him and Sarah at Shelby Farms for their engagement session. We were thrilled to have the opportunity, since none of us were sure exactly if and when he would return before the wedding. We saw right away that their friend was totally right about them. They are perfect for each other.

Sarah and Gary compliment each other so well. Sarah is more quiet and reserved, while Gary would rather joke around and have fun. They bring out the best in each other…

Including the smiles.

Ed captured this photo, and I have to admit, I’m jealous.

Sarah, Gary is one lucky guy!

You are truly beautiful, inside and out.

Right before sunset, we found a field full. of. buttercups!

They are such good sports!

I mean, seriously. How many times in your life do you get to say that you made out in a field of buttercups??

Gary had never heard of the buttercup-under-the-chin superstition, so of course we had to check.

Sarah and Gary, thank you for spending some of your precious time together with us. We know how important those few days are, and we are honored that we got to spend one of them with you. We can’t wait for the wedding!

CLICK HERE to see more images from Sarah’s and Gary’s engagement session. Here’s to being old school. And making every day count. And buttercups! Cheers!



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