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Simply Summer Townsend Wye Engagement Photos

As I work with couples, I love to hear their unique engagement stories. I must admit that there’s something special about an engagement story that doesn’t go quite as planned. Brittany and Blake’s story did not disappoint, and that proposal is why I can share with you these simply sweet Townsend Wye engagement photos.

The Proposal

Brittany and Blake had been dating for about a year when they took a beach trip with both their families. The two families settled into the condo for the night, and the next morning, Brittany’s parents and sister along with Blake went down the beach to “claim a spot.” When Brittany came a bit later with Blake’s parents, she headed right for the water.  Blake invited her to build a sandcastle with him but wanting to relax on their first day at the beach, she turned him down. This, of course, was not in his plans.

Blake went over and began digging on his own. Brittany’s sister convinced her to join Blake. He handed her a piece of driftwood and pointed out a good digging spot. At first, she was reluctant since the spot wasn’t even near the water, but Blake assured her that it was a good place to dig. The two dug together for a while. Eventually, they came across a wood treasure box. Brittany admitted that she was still oblivious to Blake’s plans. He pulled out a blue shell with the ring on it, knelt down on one knee in the sand, and asked Brittany to marry him. At first, she was so surprised that she asked him if it was for real. After some assurance, Brittany accepted, and I’m so glad that she did because it gave me the opportunity to meet this couple.

Townsend Wye Engagement Photos

As you can probably guess from their engagement story, Brittany and Blake are such a fun couple. Their engagement session in Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Little Pigeon River turned out so awesome. Because their dogs are so special to them, they brought them along and included their precious dogs in a few of their photos. I always love when couples choose to include pets or other special aspects of their lives in their engagement photos. It allows me to really get to know them as a couple.

As I worked as their Knoxville wedding photographer, I could sense this couple’s real love for each other. They fully embraced the engagement photography experience, walking along the shoreline and sharing a few kisses. At one point, Brittany even chose to take off her shoes. There’s something beautiful about outdoor barefoot pictures, don’t you think?

The Forest and River Location

I’ll admit that I love doing engagement and wedding photos at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of the best things about photos sessions here is the opportunity to really connect with nature. This park offers such a diverse landscape, which allows each couple to have a unique photo session experience. Of course, Brittany and Blake’s session focused on the area along the Little Pigeon River, which is one of my favorite areas in the park for engagement photos. The Smokies also offers beautiful fields and forested areas, which offer countless opportunities for really gorgeous photos. Plus, the mountains look great in the background of any photo session in the Smokies.

The natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park makes it an ideal location for engagement and wedding photos, but the historic buildings also offer some really great photo opportunities. For example, Spence Cabin, which runs along the Little River Trail, is one great historic building that has been the backdrop for some of my favorite photo sessions in the park.

If you are looking for a photographer for your engagement photos, I encourage you to take a look at my portfolio. Get a feel for my style. Then contact me to schedule an engagement photo session. I look forward to working with you!


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