There's nothing like walking into a "blind date" with new clients.  Shooting weddings in so many different cities means I often end up getting to know a recently engaged gal over the phone or through email communication.  Meeting a bride for the first time in a coffee shop to talk about her wedding is one thing, but meeting a couple for the first time when they're about to be in front of your camera is another.  When Sara and I talked about their engagement session, one of the things she mentioned was how much they love local beer, so we decided to begin our session at Knoxville's own Downtown Grill & Brewery.

The best part was that we just got to sit and talk for a while.  I loved hearing their stories of how they met, how they've spent FIVE years dating, how she got into med school, how they moved to a new city, how he proposed, plus lots of little details about their families and their super-fun wedding party (I can't wait to meet them all!).  I figured the best way to share their stories was to let them tell you...

Jack and I met on one of our first days at Sewanee. We were living in the same dorm, and quickly became part of a group of friends who were all living there at the time. That same group became our closest friends throughout our entire college experience. In fact, they make up the majority of our bridal party. It was through this incredible group of friends that we got to know each other – through camping trips, late night pub runs, and hang-outs at our coffee shop, Stirlings. We dated throughout college, and then moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where we have found a great community of friends and have continued to grow as a couple.

Although I knew from very early in our relationship that Sara would be the one that I would spend the rest of my life with, traveling confirmed that we were perfect for each other. Some of our favorite trips have been hiking the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain and backpacking around Guatemala and Belize. It was during trips like these that it became apparent how well we complement each other.

The Smoky Mountains have always been an important part of our lives. Growing up in Knoxville, Sara took many trips to the mountains with her family and friends. I have always felt extremely comfortable in the mountains, so it was the perfect place for me to ask Sara to marry me. On the day of New Year’s Eve, Sara and I went on a hike to Charlie’s Bunion in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. This was one of the first hikes that Sara and I went on as a couple five years ago. As we approached a beautiful view overlooking the valley, I got down on one knee and ask her if she would spend the rest of her life with me.

Jack and I have families and friends who are spread out across the United States, from California to Louisiana and Vermont. So we are excited to finally bring everyone together as we celebrate the next step of our lives in our favorite place on earth – Sewanee.

Jack & Sara, you guys are a total blast.  I love how comfortable you are with each other.  Of course, I guess that's just what five years of dating will do for you!  CanNOT wait to visit Sewanee, to meet all of your fun friends and family, and to see you two say "I DO!"

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