Our Love Story: Engagement Photos

Catch up on Part 1 of our love story here
Part 2 here, Part 3 here

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Cory and I met our photographer, Mary Kate of Mphotography, at a wedding festival and I instantly feel in love with her. Her work was fabulous, she was so easy to talk to and she loved dogs as much as I did! After the festival, we scheduled a coffee date to sit down with her, share our vision and see some more of her work. We booked her that day!

Looking back through these photos makes my heart happy and I’m totally bummed that Mary Kate doesn’t shoot anymore.

Cory’s grandparents have a good bit of land that’s been in the family for many generations now and we took our engagement photos at the barn which is close to 60 years old.

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Our only child at the time, Einstein, had to be included!

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I absolutely adore these photos because I really think they capture us as a couple. We’ve always had the hardest time doing the “deep gaze into your lovers eyes” pose and Mary Kate quickly had us move on to the next pose when we couldn’t stop cracking up {or captured us giggling!}. She was so easy to be around and it made it much more comfortable being on Cory’s family land. And by family land, I mean that barn is maybe 50 feet behind his great grandmothers house {who was still living at the time} and she was tickled pink that we wanted to use her “old barn”. When we needed a blanket, we hollered and asked her for one because she was watching from the back porch and the quilt she brought out to us was perfect. She ended up giving it to us as a wedding gift. God rest her sweet soul!

Now, please don’t get me wrong and think that Cory often dips me and plants a big ‘ole kiss on my lips or we hang around old farm equipment {because we don’t} but this place is literally home for Cory. It’s so natural and it allowed us to be. Cory was really playing his guitar, in some photos we were just chatting with each other and in the last couple of photos, he was warming me up because I was cold {which he is always doing!}. I truly believe being so comfortable in our surrounding {and our wonderful photographer} is what made our engagement pictures turn out so good!

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  • THese pictures are truly perfection :)

  • aw how cute are you two. these pictures are adorable.

  • These are such great photos!! Love that you guys stayed true to yourselves and took photos where you were most comfortable!

    • Thanks, doll! I’m glad we did because I think it’s what really made the photos!

  • yes yes yes… those are all adorable. I love farms & open fields for engagement sessions. You both look so comfortable!

    • We were! Which is really hard for Cory. He is such an awkward person to take pictures with. Haha. I only wish I had taken my bridal portraits here!

  • Ahhhh! These are precious!!!! I adore them! Beautiful photos!!! I love love love the barn ones! How neat is that! And I love the ones with the guitar! How sweet!

    • Thanks, lovely! We couldn’t have asked for a better location…so glad it was in the family!

  • Omg i love, love all this pictures
    You guys look so happy
    Love is rwite all over you guts.
    Great post daRling.
    xoxo
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    • Thanks, sweet girl! I cherish these photos!

  • Oh my gosh these pictures are gorgeous. YOU are gorgeous! The style is totally up my alley… sweet & southern :)

    • Thanks, sweets! These are some of my favorite pictures of us :)

  • Paige and Cory – I love your photos and great to hear about this Beautiful love story :)!-Blessings, Eileen

  • Those are all adorable!! That’s a pretty sweet barn–I really love the one with you guys up in the loft! And your dress is so pretty!

    • Thanks, sweet friend although I’m pretty sure there was nothing safe about us being up there! At least we got some good pictures :)

  • Katie Elizabeth

    Paige! These are amazing! Looove the rustic vibe and your boots are perfection! These make me totally want to retake our pictures – they were in December so it was COLD and Christmas-y!

    • Thank you! Rustic was what we were going for! If your anything like me, there’s always a reason to get more pictures taken :)