I’ve heard the most gorgeous place on earth is Athens, Georgia in the springtime. Well, it’s been three years since we’ve been home to Georgia and I’ve been looking for an excuse to make the drive at the perfect time of year. Thankfully, Torise and Cecil came along to give us the perfect reason to make the drive!
This sweet couple met at the Georgia Center on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Georgia. And for those of us who met our sweethearts at UGA, Athens remains a dear place in our hearts.We quickly learned that Cecil has a warm heart and a big personality, and Torise is a genuine sweetheart. After slurping down a smoothie on College Avenue in downtown Athens, we headed to the campus in search of the most gorgeous and sentimental places for this couple.
Aren’t they just a gorgeous couple?!!! *sign*
I just loved the stage this vine-covered walkway provided.
Sunlight. Gorgeous people. Perfection.
I just love the satisfaction this photo conveys.
This is such a fun, candid moment; I just had to include it!
We didn’t even need to give this couple any direction, they just knew what to do! It’s like they were in love or something……
Did I mention this girl is g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s?!!
Okay, so enough romance. Torise told me that while they are a sweet, romantic couple, they love to laugh and have a great time with each other being fun and silly. There’s more of that coming up later!
Torise and Cecil met each other over a plate of cookies (it’s an amazingly adorable story!), so we had to make sure and include some cookies in their session!
Torise’s engagement ring is dear to hear heart. It was given to Cecil from his mom. His dad passed away fairly recently, and his mom is passing on the entire wedding set to Torise and Cecil. She feels honored to have been bestowed such a sentimental gift. :*)
Okay….so timeout. This photo is not really part of their engagement session collection. But it has an adorable story that I just have to share…. Torise works for Georgia Tech’s (I know, right?!) Parking Department. And part of her job is that she gives out parking tickets on the Georgia Tech campus. Well, when they are on the University of Georgia campus after hours, Cecil has a secret VIP parking spot. I won’t tell you where it is, but I will tell you that his spot is in front of 2 handicap parking spots and a dumpster with a huge “no parking” sign spray painted onto it. Needless to say, Nathan and I found another parking spot! But to top off the story, he’s been parking there for years and has never gotten a parking ticket!!! Let’s hope UGA’s Parking Department isn’t reading our blog.Okay. Resume engagement session collection.
We had to go downtown for some shots of the Arch on the North Quad.
I just love how Torise and Cecil coordinated their outfits, not only with each other, but to go with their locations.
We love shots from the middle of traffic! I just love all the different colors in traffic at sunset!
And we even had a little time to head to the bowling alley! Cecil has been schooling Torise in the ways of bowling…so much so that she showed him a thing or two while we were there!
The bowling alley so graciously turned the lights out on us and fogged the place up *hint of sarcasm* but it wasn’t a worry. We got some really fun photos anyway!
I just love how sometimes the best photos are actually the worst photos. Nathan and I realize you’ve got to have gorgeous photos of your wedding day or family, but we also know you want to remember moments you wouldn’t have remembered otherwise. Moments of joy and pure happiness. That’s why you hire us. Because we get it.
Okay, so earlier I mentioned that Torise and Cecil are a ton of fun with a lot of personality, and they wanted their engagement session photos to reflect that. Torise sent me an email a few days before her session saying she wanted to reinact the way they met in the Georgia Center courtyard. I think the word she used was “corny” but I love the idea!!!! Because it takes a ton of photos to tell a story, I stacked them all together. I’ll give you the basic story so you can follow along.
Torise was late to a dinner her workshop was having at the Georgia Center. They saved a plate for her, but gave her the gross dessert. She remembered some amazing cookies from the day before, so she went on a search for cookies. They only ones left on the serving dish were oatmeal raisin (:P), but she wanted chocolate chip! So, she looked around and saw the loudest guy in the bunch with a plate full of cookies. She asked him for some cookies….and the rest is history! From now on, Cecil will be sharing half his cookies (or the whole cookie jar!!) with Torise.
Torise and Cecil were such a pleasure to hang out with! Nathan and I are looking forward to their wedding at the Classic Center and Hotel Indigo in December!
Nathan and Natosha