When we first met Jessica and Taylor, they were so clearly in love, and so confident. I don’t think there was anything we didn’t love about them….if you know Jessica and Taylor, you know they are impossible not to love! They want everyone to know that growing together in love, is secondary to how much they have grown together in their faith. Needless to say, we knew their entire story and photo journey would be different and oh- so- unique!
Jessica and Taylor came to us with a very out-of-the-ordinary idea for their engagement session. At first, nobody was sure whether it would be possible, but everything worked out… And the result was a magical journey through a beautiful 19th century train station over 300 miles away in Arkansas. Here are a few (well, ok, wayyy more than a few!), of our favorites from their session. We don’t normally do styled destination engagement sessions, so we have been dying to blog this, but even choosing our favorites took us a while. The magic between our couple made each and every image glow. : )
Isn’t it beautiful how photos can tell a story? Here’s Jessica and Taylor’s story of boy meets girl…
Jessica and Taylor’s love story started when they met in college… Jessica has really high standards, so everyone knew that there must be something really special about this boy when she brought him home to meet everyone.
Taylor is indeed an amazing guy, and his attention to detail and Jessica’s heart is what helped him win her love. Over time, Taylor learned that books were Jessica’s favorites…
When it came time to propose, Taylor incorporated all of the little details from their time together – from the first meeting to past dates – into an unforgettable scavenger hunt through an empty library. Jessica looked up books which led her through a maze of literature and memories. The amazing journey led her to a final special book. She opened a French copy of one of her favorite books, where she found the center hollowed out… holding a stunning ring, and a promise of forever.
She said YES. : )
How cute are these two?!
Jessica and Taylor were totally amazing in front of the camera – and you can see how completely in love they are!
Phone booth love.
Jessica, you are so stunning!
Y’all stop being so cute!!
Sometimes magic is undeniable. I love when photos can capture a small part of the magic a couple has. : )
Jessica and Taylor love to travel, and want to see new things together, so it’s fitting that they left with a group for Greece and Turkey a few days after our session.
Jessica and Taylor… rocking the look on the legendary WWII-era Engine 819 – the last steam locomotive of its type to ever be built in the Cotton Belt.
The history of this location is special to Jessica, and we were excited to meet her grandfather, who looks after the station and it’s vintage trains. It makes every single photo, and all the happiness our bride had, even more special to have gotten to be in a location that has meaning to her.
Jessica handmade these adorable paper flowers out of vintage books.
You guys!! Engine 819 never looked better! : )
Wrapping up the session inside an amazing passenger rail car…
I love it when couples are caught away in the moment, the romance, and the magic…
Epic black and white – love!
The glow of the natural light trickling into the station for the final shots… mixed with a touch of ambient train light, and a perfect last kiss.
Special thanks to Jessica’s grandfather who oversees the Cotton Belt Station, and it’s priceless history. We had a fabulous time getting to “travel back in time” and are indebted to him for allowing us to use the station, and sharing with us stories from his past. We loved every part of it! Congratulations to our couple, who just got married. Check back for photos from their big day!!! : )
-Matt and Ivy
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