When Leigh first emailed me to shoot her and Alan’s engagement session, she asked for some creative help in choosing locations for the shoot to take place. Us living in two different places, her in Dallas and me in Oklahoma, I felt a little limited in being able to come up with ideas since I couldn’t just drive around and seek the spots out. I started probing her for some details about her life, what her and her fiance do for fun, do for a living, and how they would define their styles or personalities. With every email from there on after, the ideas just kept getting better and better!
I first found out that they are getting married in Ireland. Whoa. Cool. I then found out that Leigh is a pilot. Whoa. Even cooler. I offered the idea of shooting part of the session in a pub to pay homage to their Irish wedding, with a little bit of reservation that I might offend them with such a suggestion. She loved the idea! Turns out that they are getting married in Ireland because it’s where they met, in Alan’s hometown….Uuhhhhh, can we say fairy tale! Fall in love with that guy you met on vacation only to have him move across the world to be with you only to, wait for it, propose to you in Ireland and then surprise you with your parents there to celebrate…in Ireland! Seriously! As if it couldn’t get any better, we were talking about doing part of the shoot at the airport to incorporate Leigh’s job into it. We were struggling with getting the timing of everything and then Leigh just happened to mention that her Dad had a plane that we could use instead! Pretty much a dream.
The best part of the whole shoot was how awesome of a couple Leigh and Alan were! Alan had us laughing the whole shoot. I remember telling Leigh that I didn’t think she’d ever have to worry about her marriage getting boring! And they were so obviously smitten with each other it was just adorable to be a witness too.