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A Snapshot of C+P

Engagement pictures.

Completely necessary & absolutely ridiculous.
Don't get me wrong - I'm the first person to insist that you need to have engagement pictures and I love looking at other people's when they post them. But I'm also judging them because, c'mon, they're a little bit ridiculous because most of the time they're entirely unrealistic.
I don't know about you, but I don't put on a fancy dress and frolic in a field with my fiancé on a regular basis {because hello, snakes}. Nor do we climb up into trees with low branches that swing out over a marshy area with a gorgeous sunset behind us. There are so many things that could go wrong with that scenario that I don't even know where to start.
Regardless of all of that, I still believe that engagement pictures are necessary.

I wanted to pick something that was completely normal for Patrick and I to do for our pictures so that we could try to capture who we really are rather than a Pinterest-approved version of us. I also wanted absolutely nothing to do with taking pictures in Columbia at the State House/Main Street/River Front Park so getting out of Columbia was a must.

Enter: engagement pictures in a taproom at a brewery in Charlotte. Why not, right?

& you know what? Not only did we enjoy taking these pictures {yes, Patrick too!} but these pictures look like a little snapshot of our life right now. Some of my very favorites ended up being behind the brewery in front of their "Take a Pitcher It'll Last Longer" sign.

But don't worry, we did venture outside of the brewery to Romare Bearden Park and we took a few photos without the beers.

MAJOR credit to Jessica Roberts of Jessica Roberts Photography for these gorgeous pictures! She did an excellent job dealing with two very awkward-in-front-of-a-camera  people, took a million pictures {which I loved}, and had them ready for us in no time. If you need a photographer, look her up!

Also, special thanks to Sycamore Brewing for allowing us to come in before they opened to take pictures & for the free beers

As for my favorite picture from the engagement session? You'll have to wait for the Save the Date reveal next week to see that one!


  1. GORGEOUS! I agree that the locations of engagement photos can be forced. I love that y'all picked a place that represents you!

  2. These turned out gorgeous! I love the two beers with your ring, so creative! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. Awe I love these! especially the last one with him holding you while y'all are kissing, love that you did it at a brewery!

  4. Love, love these! Y'all both look like naturals. Can't wait to see the Save the Date!

  5. These are so perfect!! I think that 2nd to last one might be my favorite!! xo, Biana

  6. I LOVE that you did them at a taproom! Such a creative idea!

  7. These are so cute! I love the one of y'all taking a selfie, but the second to last one is my favorite.

  8. These are so adorable!!! The brewery ones are definitely unique and I love the one of him picking you up in the park. Doesn't this get you excited for wedding photos?!?

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

  9. Seriously, your photos came out so beautifully!! You both look so happy and excited to be together!

  10. your photos are adorable, and i love that you made them a little more you - the 'take a pitcher it'll last longer' is fabulous!

  11. Seriously loving your engagement pictures! So awesome that you embraced what y'all love as a couple and were able to capture that in your pictures! XO

  12. The pictures are adorable and your ring is gorgeous! Wow!

  13. I absolutely love these!! They are all so good - love that yall took a few at the brewery!

  14. I love the brewery pictures! We're getting anniversary pictures this summer and now I want to have a few taken at one of our favorites breweries :)


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