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A Magic Hour Engagement Session

The classy dress, the charming courtyard, the romantic light - this engagement session was my definition of perfect. The classy dress, the charming courtyard, the romantic light - this engagement session was my definition of perfect.

Hi! I'm Mariah, the owner and photographer of Amber + Elle Photography, LLC  in Central Ohio. I specialize in Wedding and Portrait Photography and, though I love all types of photography, engagements are my favorite!

When a couple chooses me to photograph their wedding, I include a complimentary engagement session in their package. The engagement session is so important - it gives me an idea of how the couple interacts, and it gives the couple an idea of how portrait time will work on their wedding day. Each couple is so unique, and I love seeing that shine through as they become more comfortable in front of the camera.

The session I'm sharing today is my favorite engagement session! I love everything about this shoot - the classy dress, the romantic lighting, the venue...but especially the couple. I met Dominique and Rachel when we were sophomores in high school. I think they were one of those couples that go beyond "high school sweethearts" because what they have is so real! I've had the privilege of taking their pictures a few times over the years and every time is so fun. In late 2015, after dating for five years, Dominique asked Rachel to marry him (spoiler alert - she said YES)! Fast forward to Fall of 2016; they asked me to be their wedding photographer and we planned their engagement session.

Can we talk about these baby peppers for a second?

When choosing a location for their shoot, Rachel mentioned having it at the Buxton Inn. The Buxton is a beautiful inn located in charming Granville, Ohio and it was in their courtyard that Dominique proposed. This made for the most romantic engagement shoot. The only thing that made it more romantic was that we did it during Golden Hour! Magic Hour, or GoldenHour, is the hour of sunset or sundown when everything is a little warmer...a little more golden!

What I love about this session is how well it shows Dominique and Rachel's personalities and relationship. They are one of the classiest couples I have ever met, fantastic to be around and total naturals in front of the camera! Needless to say, I'm very excited to capture their big day in a couple of months!

COMPANY: Amber & Elle Photography, LLC

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