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Mobile bay area wedding photographer

Marlee + Ben | Engaged


October 16, 2018

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A Downtown Fairhope Engagement

Ben planned to surprise Marlee with a super romantic proposal that involved her family and a boat. But when the big day arrived, the water was too rough for using the boat, so they quickly switched to Plan B. Ben had Marlee’s family waiting at Playa Restaurant in Orange Beach. Marlee thought they were just going to dinner with family and friends that night. Little did she know she was about to get the surprise of her life!

As they approached the entrance to the restaurant, Ben suggested they walk down to look at a boat. Marlee was distracted by the looming storm clouds, so she didn’t even realize what was happening until Ben began to get emotional. He dropped to one knee and asked her to be his wife. It took her breath away and she said “Yes!” almost as soon as he asked the question. Then she saw her family and friends watching from the Playa balcony, which overlooks the marina. Her best friend had secretly come into town for the surprise! How sweet is that?! I think we can all agree that this is a major swoon-worthy proposal story and I loved hearing Marlee tell it when we met for her consultation!

Marlee and Ben met in college at The University of Alabama and now live in Birmingham, but the Alabama coast is close to both of their hearts. They selected the charming town of Fairhope for their engagement session. I’ve been in Fairhope a lot lately and it really is such a great spot for getting a variety of backgrounds for an engagement session. Marlee and Ben said they were up for whatever I wanted to do as far as specific locations. I have the most trusting couples and I’m so appreciative when they embrace all my suggestions! For this session we visited a couple spots I haven’t been to before and revisited some of my favorites!

The fall flowers were looking so pretty in downtown Fairhope the day of this shoot! It definitely gave an autumnal feel to their portraits! Marlee, Ben and I all agreed that October is one of the best months of the year. The day of their session was the first day of fall-like weather that we’ve had down south this year (of course it feels like summer again today as I’m writing this) and the sunset that evening was so beautiful! It left the sky with a watercolor look after the sun dipped below the horizon. Right after sunset is my favorite time to shoot on the bay. The sun is SO intense before it actually sets, so waiting until it’s already set means I get get that softer look that I love in the water portraits. I love those magical few minutes right after sunset!

Marlee and Ben, thank you for an amazing engagement session! I know that June 2019 will be here before we know it!!!

diamond ring on purple wildflowers man and woman hugging in forest diamond engagement ring on orange mum bloom

This light was so golden and magical!!! We stopped here just before racing down to the pier to catch the post sunset glow!

Now booking weddings for Summer/Fall 2019 and 2020!

  1. Lisa says:

    Love this sweet couple!!!!
    All the photos are beautiful but I think my favorite are the water photos.

  2. Ali Morris says:

    Beautiful Marlee and Ben!!!! Can’t wait for the big day! 💗

  3. Lindsey Kendall says:

    So beautiful!!! Can’t wait for the big day! 💕💕

  4. Joycee says:

    These are absolutely GORGEOUS! I can’t wait for June 2019!!!

  5. Hannah says:

    These are beautiful!! Can’t wait for the wedding!! 🙂

  6. Alex Woodfin says:

    Love these so much!!

  7. Teresa Glossner says:

    Beautiful couple, so happy for them! Congratulations beautiful pictures also.

  8. Emily Rogers says:

    Love how these turned out, Marlee!! Can not wait for June to see more 💕

  9. Alex Pearson says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Love you both!!

  10. Margaret Brannan says:

    These pics are amazing! Thank you Elizabeth
    for such a beautiful session! We are all so excited
    To work with you! Thanks

  11. Madison says:

    So pretty❣️

  12. Terri says:

    Awesome couple! Love the pictures!

  13. Anna says:

    Love ❤️

  14. Mary Margaret Kelley says:

    I love these so much!! Y’all are perfect 🤗

  15. Elizabeth Vernon says:

    Beautiful pictures!!

  16. Helen says:

    Love these!!! So beautiful!!!

  17. Christina says:

    Love these pictures!

  18. Maria says:

    Beautiful pics!

  19. Helen says:

    Love these! Beautiful pictures!!!

  20. Tillery Tidwell says:

    I love these so much! Gorgeous

  21. Kaleigh Garner says:

    Sweet and beautiful couple! We love y’all so much and cannot wait for the big day! 💗

  22. Monicka Roden says:

    Love these pictures so much!!!!

  23. Nicole Wilkins says:

    Love you Marlee and Ben! These pictures are amazing and capture both of your personalities and love for each other. We can’t wait to celebrate the big day!

    David, Nicole, Georgia, and Trace 🙂

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