When asked the thing she loves most about her future husband, Niki paused for a moment... as if thinking through all the possibilities and choosing her words so carefully. She responded with a careful sureness, 'he's my safe place.'

And when we finally met for their engagement session in February, it couldn't have been clearer. The way the meshed seemed as natural as breathing.

Since Niki and Thom live in Winchester and I'm located in Charlottesville, we decided to meet halfway in Harrisonburg, VA for their engagement shoot. They were so incredibly laid back, communicating that their style was simple and fun, so we met at a park and explored the surroundings together while laughing and chatting about their relationship. And I mention laughing, but really, we were laughing the whole time. Their easy sense of humor with one another was the first thing I noticed about them, so I really wanted to capture how playful and goofy the are! Those qualities go a long way in a marriage! Having fun in front of a camera isn't always easy, but I was so glad they trusted me to relax and be themselves. 

I'm super grateful for my cousin Bethany (who is also Niki's roommate!) for connecting us because we turned out to be such a great fit that Niki and Thom have also hired me as their wedding photographer this April! Their day is sure to be full of love and honest connection, so I'm truly honored to be a part of capturing those memories.

Check out a few of my favorites from their engagement session below and look for the wedding highlights to come! 

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