Beautiful sunny light guided Taylor and Nathan in their engagement session … sometimes the simplest setting can be the most meaningful! Also … they flipped a literal coin to decide whether to elope or have a wedding … which way do you think it went??
Let’s dive into their story …
from the photographer: “Taylor and Nathan met through mutual friends in 2018 and quickly became an inseparable pair. They got engaged in Miami Beach in 2021 while celebrating Taylor’s graduation from nursing school and quickly dove into wedding planning.
For their engagement session, they were inspired by bohemian style and outdoor scenery. They wanted a background that featured Virginia’s natural landscapes. Together, we took a road trip south to some of the hidden gems in the mountains. We started out in a little field along the side of the Blue Ridge Parkway before heading up to an overlook with breathtaking views of western Virginia and the Blue Ridge mountains. The sunset gave us the dreamiest soft light for their engagement portraits.”
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After we got engaged, we had to decide if we wanted to invest the time and money into planning our dream wedding, or if we should choose the quicker and cheaper option to elope somewhere beautiful. After a few weeks of contemplation, we decided to let fate make the decision for us by flipping a coin. Heads meant we have a wedding. Tails meant we would elope. Long story short, the last 1.5+ years have been spent happily piecing together the best wedding we could imagine.
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
I’ve learned a lot from Taylor, but the best thing of all is to be more empathetic. Before I met her, I rarely saw things from the perspective of another person, but she helped me to “stand in someone else’s shoes” and realize that everyone is dealing with their own struggle.
Nate has taught me to enjoy the little things in life. Whether it’s a bird sitting on a branch, or a car with a funny license plate, he always finds a way to capture me into a conversation about a small life detail that I normally wouldn’t notice. He’s taught me how to have greater appreciation for everyday things that are easy to take for granted.
What is your favorite thing about each other?
My favorite thing about Taylor is her personality… I know that’s cliché and a little bit broad, but it’s the best way to encapsulate the best parts about her. From her quirky humor to her astounding brilliance to her goofy side that very few people get to see and everything in between. There are too many small parts that make up the amazing human that she is, to choose just one—so, I have to say broadly, “her personality.”
My favorite thing about Nate is how he makes me feel safe. He eases every worry simply by standing next to me. I feel such a sense of peace with him. Like nothing else matters as long as I have him.
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
Strap in because this is going to be cheesy, but it’s the honest truth—Love is the best feeling you can experience. There’s nothing else that can make you feel absolute peace for every moment and crazy excitement for what the future will bring. The cherry on top is that you get to take every step with your best friend by your side.