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Carolyn + Neal | Engaged


October 1, 2018

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Grand Hotel Point Clear, AL Engagement

I love photographing engagement rings! During most of my engagement sessions, I take the ring photos while my clients change into their second outfit. This gives me time to focus on getting those somewhat tedious shots without having to slow down the flow of the session. I have yet to meet an engagement ring that I didn’t enjoy photographing, but I noticed that Carolyn’s was quite unique. I asked her if it was vintage because it looked like it could have been a family heirloom. She said it wasn’t, but that the vintage vibe it has is what she loves about it. I am also a girl who loves all things vintage, which is probably why I noticed the uniqueness of the ring in the first place.

Then Carolyn told me that Neal selected the ring because it reminded him of a princess carriage. For a girl like Carolyn who loves all things Disney, this was the perfect selection. Neal knew the moment he saw it that it was the perfect ring for his future wife. I immediately asked Carolyn who her favorite Disney princess was and I love that she said Ariel. It made the setting for her engagement session that much more perfect!

Carolyn and Neal were introduced by a mutual friend and co-worker. Since they were living in different cities at the time, their courtship was a long distance one for a while. When things started looking serious, Carolyn made the move to Nashville, the city that these two now call home. The day that Neal asked for her hand in marriage, they were visiting Magnolia Plantation in Charleston. I cannot think of a more romantic place for a proposal! Carolyn says Neal totally surprised her when he got down on one knee.

Neal says he is from everywhere. His family moved around quite a bit when he was a kid, living for several years in Fairhope. Carolyn is from Kansas. Since they have family all-over, they decided a destination wedding was in order. They settled on The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala. after Neal told Carolyn about the little white church on the bay that was nearby. Sacred Heart Catholic Church is dear to many in our local community, but it also beckons to those Catholics who vacation in the area. It is one of my favorite churches for weddings because it’s such an intimate setting. Paired with a grand reception at The Grand Hotel, it’s magical!

I so enjoyed my time with Carolyn and Neal and, as I was taking the portraits of them down by the water, all I could think about was Ariel and The Little Mermaid. We seriously had some magical light going on, even though it was an overcast day. A gentle breeze blew across the bay as we soaked up the last bit of daylight. What more can I say, these two were like a Disney dream!

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  1. Carolyn says:

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful afternoon! I don’t think we could have picked someone better to take our pictures, and we’re so looking forward to having you with us on our wedding day!

  2. Sarah says:

    Love the story and love ALL the pictures! Such a beautiful place, we can’t wait to be there!

  3. Christine says:

    Beautiful photos!! I cannot wait to see how pretty the wedding day photos will be!

  4. Whitney Lambert says:

    Eeeeek, these are BEAUTIFUL!!! There are so many great photos to choose from! Love this couple & can’t wait for the big day!

  5. Karin Crosson says:

    Beautiful photos! Just made this mama cry!

  6. Matt says:

    Great pictures! Can’t wait to celebrate in 2019!

  7. Frank Crosson says:

    Wonderful photos, great setting and a beautiful couple. So happy for both of you. Love you.

  8. Pam Carter says:

    These pictures are so gorgeous. Such a beautiful location.
    You two are making this Momma’s dream come true.
    I’m so thrilled for you.
    I love you and I’m so proud of you both 💗

  9. Laurie Scheve says:

    Oh I loved them all! Such a cute couple and the water was beautiful!

  10. Neala says:

    Thank you so much Elizabeth! We couldn’t ask for a more wonderful photographer. See you in May!

  11. McKenzie Hedges says:

    Oh my goodness, these are absolutely stunning! You’ve captured a beautiful engagement for two beautiful people!!

  12. Kasey says:

    These are all beautiful! Can’t wait to celebrate with these two models in May!

  13. Justin Alexander says:

    These are awesome pictures!!! This wedding is going to be delightful

  14. Tiffany says:

    These are so stunning!! Love love love!!!! 💕💕I can’t wait for the big day!!

  15. Lisa Kelly says:

    Beautiful pictures! You seem to have found a great photographer. She really captured your love for each other.💑❤️💍

  16. Alice Rakes says:

    Beautiful pictures. The scenery is perfect for your wedding pictures. I know you are excited for your special day to be arrive. I am so happy for you both.

  17. Deanna D Rakes says:

    Such beautiful pics and beautiful couple. Love you both.

  18. Amy says:

    Beautiful photos in a gorgeous setting. Congrats again Carolyn and Neal!

  19. Kevin and Karen says:

    Congrats to you both! Beautiful pictures of a very happy, beautiful couple.

  20. Ann M. Adams says:

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures.

  21. Debbie Baldwin says:

    Absolutely stunning through and through in every aspect ….. and the ring…..gorgeous. Congratulations❣️

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