A Japanese Gardens Engagement Session

Monica & Roland

This week I had the pleasure of photographing Monica and Roland in Maymont Park’s Japanese Gardens. Both aficionados of Japanese culture, this sweet couple was excited to find themselves amongst the Japanese Gardens’ gorgeous maples and its Azalea bushes, bamboo stalks, hosta plants, and cedar and dogwood trees. AND the Japanese Gardens at Maymont feature a stunning waterfall which flows from the Italian Gardens above down underneath a gorgeous wooden bridge (one of its many highlights!) Next to the bridge, you’ll find a Zen rock garden and just a few short stone steps away you can skip across a large pond filled with giant koi fish! If you’re looking for a taste of Japan right here in Richmond, Virginia, the Japanese Gardens at Maymont Park truly feature everything you could ever want and more :).

From the very beginning of their session, I could tell that my time with Monica and Roland was going to be a beautiful showcase of the love these two share. The two of them are simply perfection in front of the camera (as I think you’ll see below)! They made my job beyond easy as they held each other close, clasped their hands together, whispered sweet nothings back and forth, and shared intimate, quiet moments together…in between the giggles :-D.

I loved being a fly on the wall to observe as Roland would sweep Monica‘s hair behind her ear, or the way she threw her arms around his neck to pull him in close. The two of you are so incredibly sweet and caring with one another. If you continue to show as much affection to one another throughout your lives, you are truly in for a blessed marriage. Here’s wishing you a lifetime of infectious smiles and never ending laughter and love ❤.

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