Dogwood Festival Engagement Photos : Shaunelle + Drake
Their first encounter almost didn't happen. It's funny how God has an amazing way of placing you exactly where you should be and when you need to be there.
They were introduced by a mutual friend. She was already out with a group of friends at Buffalo Wild Wings here in Greenville, NC when their friend called her and said that he was bringing his cousin. He was going through a rough time and wasn't in the mood to go out.
"Come on man, you need to get out of this house!", his cousin told him in an attempt to get out and get his mind off things. He somberly agreed and finally got up to get dressed.
It wasn't until he walked through the door and saw her, and the glow she possessed, that his spirits were lifted. If you know her, you know how incredibly beautiful she is and has a personality and smile that is infectious. How could his spirits not be lifted? She thought, "... wow, he's really handsome... and extremely TALL!" Their conversation on that fateful night transitioned into a blossoming friendship. He wasn't ready since he was just ending a previous relationship, but knew he wanted to get to know her more. She was torn on whether to wait for him or to keep it moving.
If you've ever been wounded from a bad relationship in the past, you know how hard it is to let your guard down and trust someone again. What they found in each other was something truly genuine. Shaunelle chose to wait, but not for long because Drake knew that gifts like her only come along once in a lifetime. On their first date they laughed and talked about everything imaginable and found so many commonalities. Anyone in passing would assume that they were married or insist that they'd be married soon. They were right.
Love is not something you go out and look for. It finds you, and when it does — ready or not — it'll be the best thing that ever happened to you. We headed out to the Dogwood Festival for a sweet engagement session and it was magical. I'm super excited about photographing Shaunelle and Drake's wedding here in Greenville, NC in October.
Congratulations, Shaunelle + Drake! If your first day as husband and wife is even half as creative and amazing as your engagement session, it's going to be perfect.