This August, I photographed Ryan and Katelyn’s beautiful wedding at one of Detroit’s gems – Sweetest Heart of Mary. The church, wedding, bridesmaids, groomsmen, bride, groom, reception…literally everything about the wedding, was gorgeous and perfect. Having recently looked at their wedding portfolio, I realized that I didn’t get a chance to blog their equally beautiful engagement session.
When I first met with them, Katelyn was stuck in traffic. Ryan and I chatted for fifteen or so minutes before Katelyn arrived and surprisingly covered a lot of ground. Whether they booked or not, I felt like this was a couple I would like to stay in touch with. As we walked out of the consultation, I couldn’t help myself but to tell Ryan like I felt I knew him from somewhere. A few questions later, we both enthusiastically matched up our past having graduated from De La Salle High School in 2000. Stories were shared, names were thrown out, and laughter emerged. I knew it was going to be great working with them.
Both Ryan and Katelyn are teachers who live in Rochester. With such beauty outside of their doorsteps, we decided to spend a fall afternoon enjoying the city and snapping photos. While there was a slight chill in the air, there wasn’t anything but warmth between the two of them. It was all smiles, laughter, and love as they naturally interacted and even had fun playing in the colorful leaves. As the afternoon became the evening, Ryan and Katelyn changed and we moved from farm to city. They looked chic and effortlessly complimented each other. As night fell, we snapped on last shot – my favorite in their portfolio. With every couple, I try to create an image that makes you present in the moment; an image that evokes a specific emotion that can be revisited and felt time and time again. For me, and I hope for you, the last image is that moment.