I first met Allie and Mike at Bittersweet in Raleigh. We bonded over craft beer, and wine, and all the amazing plans they have for their wedding. We made plans for a beautiful and intimate eno river engagement session. And in early October, just as the leaves were beginning to turn, we met up and made these images. And I love them.
Mike Proposed to Allie with a book he hand crafted in a lab at NC State from wood. It tells their story, and at the end, there’s a small space where he hid the ring. When he brought out this book at the session, I was blown away. The bespoke quality of the piece was amazing. The love that went into it was evident, and Allie and Mike were both so proud of that moment they’d shared.
Like many of my other couples, Allie and Mike are outdoorsy, adventurous people. They love camping, hiking, traveling, and when they’re not working, they’re making plans and then making those plans happen. So when I suggested that we head over to the Eno and hang out in the river, I was a little hesitant. Not everyone is excited at the suggestion of fording a river, but Mike and Ally said, “Let’s do it!” and I was thrilled.
The Eno River was quiet that day. The water was low, the river made it’s way past us as we hiked around and waded over it. As the sun set, we made our way over to the suspension bridge and the log cabin, and we ended there, making our way home to an enormous full moon making it way over the trees and across the sky. I’m really thankful for couples like Allie and Mike, who look for natural and intimate photos, and an engagement session that really brings out what they love when they’re with the one they love. Being part of their lives and photographing their weddings is an honor, one that I don’t take lightly.
Enjoy the highlights of Mike and Allie’s Intimate Eno River engagement session.
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