Shelby + Chris | Engagement | 2018

I’ve been talking to Shelby and Chris for months leading up to their engagement session. We decided that it’d be best and fitting to shoot in the Upstate; we met a Jones Gap State Park. I had never been here before but it was beautiful and there was plenty of visitors that day. The trails were gorgeous, and lead to many bridges that spanned over the mountain creek. You could hear the waterfalls above and the water running over the rocks. It was such a calm and relaxed atmosphere. I’d actually love to go back and actually hike it in real boots! 

Shelby and Chris shared with me how Chris popped the question. I absolutely adore a good proposal story.  Here’s the story written from Chris’s perspective. “Shelby and I went on a trip to the mountains and tried hiking to the top of the mountain. We got halfway up before we were both exhausted and stopped off in a little field. I told Shelby I had a gift for her and she opened up a box with a bible in it. When she opened the bible, there was a bookmark that said "Shelby, will you marry me?" on it, with the bible verse Mark 10 6:9 highlighted (6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”) in it, and her new name "Shelby Holliday Beaudet" engraved on the front of it. When she opened the bible, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me.”

They brought these special items to their shoot for me to gather detail shots to incorporate. I love, love, love details! 

I love the way Chris lit up with Shelby. The love between them is so pure and genuine. Their wedding day is going to be so much fun, full of love and lots of laughter. I can’t wait to spend the day with them and their families! 

Check out their love story below and leave them some words of advice for leading up to their big day!