Monday, November 23, 2015

Sarah + James - A Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Engagement Session

Sarah, James, & I had originally planned for their engagement session the weekend hurricane Joaquin decided to make its way to land. Needless to say, with the storm came several inches of rain along with high winds.  So we made plans to reschedule a few weeks later & I am so glad we did, as fall color was at peak in the mountains by then.

We agreed to meet at the northern entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, a couple of hours before sunset.  We allowed enough time to stop at a few locations along the parkway, ending at an overlook with gorgeous views looking westward as the sun set. We agreed that the last stop was the best for scenery - we probably would've kept going had there been enough light.  We were having too much fun!  

It was such a pleasure getting to know Sarah & James a little better the day of their session. Although James has been to the parkway before, it was Sarah's first visit. She recently relocated to Richmond from the west coast so this was new to her. I'm so glad they trusted me when I suggested the parkway as an idea for their session!

 I'm certainly looking forward to seeing Sarah & James again at their upcoming March 2016 wedding at King Family Vineyards. It won't be long!

all images © elizabeth larson photography 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Beth + Bryan - Engagement Session - Atalaya + Huntington Beach State Park

Last month, I met with Beth and Bryan at Huntington Beach State Park in coastal South Carolina for their engagement session.  It was such a beautiful fall day - the perfect afternoon to spend at the beach. We started off at Atalaya, which is on the grounds of this beautiful state park.  Atalaya was built in  1931 & was the summer home of the Huntington family who also founded Brookgreen Gardens.

Beth & Bryan changed into more casual attire and from there, we headed over to another location within the park.  A pier takes you out over the salt marshes & tidal pools and offers gorgeous 360 degree views.  We took advantage of the warm late afternoon light, as the sun started to set. We couldn't of asked for a prettier day - fall at the beach is the best!

After months of planning their wedding from afar, it was finally great to meet Beth & Bryan for the first time. With Beth away at pharmacy school in Columbia, Bryan living in their hometown, and me four hours away in North Carolina, we were thrilled we could all agree on a date for their session and even more thrilled that Mother Nature cooperated that day! I sure look forward to their upcoming wedding this spring in Loris, SC,  their hometown.

all images © elizabeth larson photography 2015