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{Chris + Brigitte}::Styled Engagement

What a GORGEOUS engagement shoot this was!  I was so excited to have had the opportunity to work some amazing vendors to help create these images.  My friend Melanie, event planner and owner of Oak & Honey Events had the beautiful vision for this shoot, and invited me to come along to take some photographs. I had SO MUCH FUN!  If you’re a bride-to-be or just a really fun person planning an epic party, you should call Melanie.  She offers a variety of event planning services, all that  “honor your style with a locally sourced approach”.

The wonderful folks at Graf Growers Garden Center, were kind enough to let us use their beautiful greenhouse.  The flowers were done by the sweet Bronwen of Twig Florals. The props were from Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals.  Our “models”, Chris and Brigitte, were sweet, gorgeous, fun and a total dream to work with.

I know you’ll enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed making them!  And…oooohhhhh….all that green and color….Spring is around the corner, my friends!

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Meet Chris and Brigitte!

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These two are crazy in love. They met while training for a marathon to qualify them to the Boston Marathon.  Their engagement story (keep scrolling!) is amazing. They love seeing new cities…by running through them…they have run Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland, New York City, and Tampa. They plan to run the San Fransisco marathon on their honeymoon.  Chris works as a finance manager and Brigitte is a Kindergarten teacher, both are from the Canton area. chrisbrigitte_blog-6chris_brigitte_BLOGchrisbrigitte_blog-7

These two are my favorites.  ♥chris_brigitte_BLOG1

The details of this shoot were spectacular!  I love pretty things! chrisbrigitte_blog-1chrisbrigitte_blog-12

Okay, their engagement story…in Chris’ words…”Well the plan was to propose at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. Since our relationship began with us training to qualify for this race I figured what better place to ask.  I carried the ring in my key pocket of my running shorts as I ran in the race.  Every so many steps I would reach my hand down to make sure it was still there. As the mile markers came and went I rehearsed what I was going to say. Once I crossed the finish line I was forced to keep moving away from the finish area.  As I kept moving further away I knew my plan was not going to happen the way I had envisioned it.  A few minutes later I was able to locate Brigitte and her father Ray in the crowd.  I was frantic and wasn’t sure what to do.  I didn’t want to ask in the middle of the crowd as we were getting pushed around by the sea of runners who had just finished.  I told her I wanted to walk around and get a picture of the two of us by the finish line.  We waddled gingerly through thousands of people to get there.  Once there is was so crowded and there was no room so I decided to wait. We took a picture and headed back to find our families.  About 20 minutes later we heard two very loud booms coming from behind us.  That sound we heard was the explosions that occurred at the finish line.  Several hours later at our hotel in Cambridge I was faced with the dilemma of what to do.  I wasn’t sure if I could still ask her after what had just occurred at the race.  I thought of other places and times that I could ask in the future.  I knew this was where it needed to happen. So I asked her to go for a walk along the Charles River that night. We walked for a short time in silence looking at the flashing police lights and helicopters circling downtown Boston.  After running a marathon and the events that had occurred that day even a short walk was tiresome.  We decided to head back to the hotel.  As we walked back I faked as if my leg had cramped and went to one knee. She was concerned and asked if I was ok.  I looked up and handed her the ring which was tied to a flower and ask her if she would like to take on the next marathon of our life together.”

GAH!!!

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We popped outside for a few more shots of Chris and Brigitte in their Boston Marathon gear. I’m a teeny bit obsessed with this shot…it’s sooooo them! chrisbrigitte_blog-15

A HUGE THANK YOU to the many people who made this shoot happen! Melanie, your vision was amazing!  Chris and Brigitte, you were delightful to work with and I am so excited to hear all about your wedding and see your future as marathon-running love birds!  Much love to ALL!

 

 

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