A Belle Isle Engagement Session

Emily & Freddy

Waaaayyyy back in November when my brand new website launched (hooray!), I ran a contest for a *free* engagement session for one lucky couple…. tons of super sweet couples entered for the chance to win…and I’m thrilled to say that Emily and Freddy were the lucky two who were selected! YAY Engagement session!

These two could not have been more adorable (although I may be biased since they reminded me a whole lot of me and my darling hubby, Jonathan!) High school sweethearts, Emily and Freddy met during their school’s musical production of “Fiddler on the Roof” (ok…maybe not so like me and Jonathan :-p) and have been together long distance since beginning college. And they continue to be long distance while planning their wedding, with Emily recently moving to Charlotte for a new job while Freddy completes his degree at Virginia Tech.

Their Engagement Session

While it may have been below freezing during their engagement session on Belle Isle, these two certainly knew how to keep warm!! From long embraces to fabulous dance twists and turns, and a few acrobatic  moves mixed in there, they kept each other (and me) on our toes and moving :).

If you haven’t been, Belle Isle is a GORGEOUS photography spot in the heart of Richmond on the James River. Located just a short (ok semi-long?) walk across the James, it features a fantastic assortment of backdrops – plenty of bridge/river/rock areas, a large open field, a few metal buildings/structures, overhead bridges, and wooded areas – not to mention a gorgeous, sweeping view of the Richmond city skyline if you’re brave enough to venture onto the river rocks (don’t worry, images below!) It’s definitely a perfect session location for those looking for a little bit of everything right in the heart of downtown Richmond!

Emily and Freddy, the two of you were such a joy to photograph. Your love for one another is so beautiful and pure, and I am so grateful to have been able to share this beautiful (albeit cold!) day with you <3. Here’s hoping to see you in Richmond again very soon!

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