Lauren and Matthew decided to have their engagement photos taken during the golden hour of sunset at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lauren and Matthew met in high school when they were assigned to sit next to one another in history class. Their last names starting with the same two letters is one of the many serendipitous events that eventually led them together.
Matthew had just moved to Colorado from North Carolina and didn't know anyone at his new school. Lauren became one of the friends he would make during his high school years in Colorado. It wasn't until college when these two reunited as friends that they would begin the dating chapter of their lives together.
"I've found that my impressions of him have proven to be somewhat inaccurate. Although I have always known that he's a smart guy, Matthew is much less serious and much more romantic than what I initially thought. Our first kiss took my breath away!" - Lauren
It's easy to see the adoration between them...
Since Lauren and Matthew are currently in a long distance relationship, the time they get to spend together on weekends means that much more. Their ideal Saturday together starts with making pancakes and then going for a drive in the mountains.
For Matthew, it's Lauren's playful nature he loves most.
Going along with their playfulness, we had a little fun with posing. In the photo above, I guided Lauren to bring her hand up to Matthew's face in order to show off her gorgeous ring. This being the result, it's now one of my favorite photos for the simple fact that it always makes me laugh.
And it's Lauren's supportive, understanding, and compassionate heart Matthew couldn't do without.
"I have always felt that Matthew is a person of good moral character and makes grounded, reasonable, decisions based on his set of values. He consistently shows me love that is both unconditional and steadfast." - Lauren
The story of how Matthew proposed is one that should be in a romance novel. The way Lauren describes how it all unfolded is beautiful and gratifying to those like myself who are lovers of love.
"I went to visit him during a long weekend in late July. On Friday, he indicated that his parents needed us to take care of their dogs in Longmont while they were out of town, and that we would have to stay the night at their house. We decided to take a detour into the mountains on the way, so we packed our bags and brought lunch with us."
"After having driven for 2 or 3 hours, we came across a lake that rested quietly in the fields, only to be found by a sign that smiled unassumingly from the road. Wildflowers of every color were scattered amongst the grass, and we scouted for a picnic table to capture a view for ourselves."
"There was no one else around us as we ate, and yet I found him looking over his shoulder. He said calmly, 'I have a confession to make. We're not going to Longmont. We're going to Steamboat.' "
"My exhilaration at such an unwarranted surprise was such that I shot up from my seat and shouted a shrill, 'Really?' 'I also want to ask you something,' he replied quietly, and reached to his side to lift a small bread roll with a ring nestled inside. He had always joked that he'd propose with toast or some kind of bread because it's a guilty pleasure of mine. I don't believe that I registered what was happening because I briefly looked at the roll and looked blankly back at him. He held it a little closer to my face, and with the realization slowly creeping in, we both burst into peals of laughter."
"The evening was spent enjoying dinner at a small restaurant downtown, and after the moon rose, we swam in the hot springs beneath an expanse of stars." - Lauren
Lauren and Matthew's wedding will be in June of 2018 and we can't wait to be there to capture the celebration of their love! A special thank you to you, Lauren and Matthew, for sharing your story with me.
To see more photos from their engagement session, click here!
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Wedding Photographer. Writer. Wife. Empath. Feels naked without nail polish.