Mylanta, where do I even start? Allie was one of my best friends in high school. In fact, we were pretty much inseparable for a while. We drove to school together every day, lived only a few streets apart, and were pretty much together all hours that we weren’t obsessing over school activities and insanely high GPAs. The insanely high GPAs makes me chuckle a little now. While that was undoubtedly so very important and I FULLY support striving for the highest academic achievements, our unwavering need for nothing less than a 107 percent was a little insane. I think, perhaps, I could have stressed a little less and enjoyed my youth a little more. Nonetheless, I can’t say I’ve changed much–presumably, it’s come in handy running a business.
Anyhow, as I went to college, Allie was a couple of years younger than me and, naturally, we drifted a bit. It was fine, though as we both have personalities that seem to fully embrace the change and seasons of friendships, which I love. I’ve always found that the best friends are the ones who understand these seasons, and nonetheless, can pick up right where we left off.
I hadn’t seen Allie in quite some time before her engagement session, but you would have sworn we’d kept in touch weekly by the banter that ensued during. And, of course, I should have known that Allie would end up with a gentleman who fits right in, interjecting his own entertaining comments as if he’s known a person for years. This is exactly how my Allie is. She’s got a heart of gold, an adventurous spirit, and a drive for the utmost success. She’s full of talent and her wit never misses a beat. After spending time with Dalton, I learned of his perfection for her, on all counts.
Being around Allie had me laughing harder than I’ve laughed in a long time. I forgot how absolutely entertaining she is. This girl could light up a room with her wit and ability to make people laugh.
This is pretty much how most of the session went, belly-aching, face-palming laughter. And then, OH THEN, there was Copper. Copper is the adorable little guy below, Allie and Dalton’s 5-month-old “baby.” He’s SO smart too. He performed all of his little pup tricks for me and sat ever-so-perfectly for photos.
This next one was my favorite photograph from the session. Cozy, warm, AND cable knit cream…right up my alley…
We ended their session on the water at sunset just opening some beers and hanging out by the water–how I recommend ALL engagement sessions should be. We just relaxed, talked, and got some photos in that truly represent Dalton and Allie. Plus, they brought Shiner’s Holiday Brew, Holiday Cheer, which I came across this year at Christmas time and is an absolute favorite of mine now. (:
Allie and Dalton, I’m so elated for your future together, on so many levels. I could not have picked a better match and I truly adore every aspect of you two and the start of what will be a life of beautiful adventure and, undoubtedly, never-ending laughter together. Moreover, I’m ever so grateful to have the honor of documenting these first moments of your life together. I love you both.