Julia & Addison // Starbucks Engagement Session
With Julia and Addison, things have been moving pretty quickly. About a month ago they got engaged, and they will be getting married this September, so their time crunch for planning is a bit tighter than most! That being said, the hand of God has been present in a number of ways in Julia & Addison’s lives, as well as how we got to work with them!
September is a busy wedding month in Ohio. The weather lends itself to outdoor venues, as there’s more of a pleasant breeze and less of a stifling heat to greet you. The popularity of this month, from our experience, has been nuts. So the fact that we already had Julia & Addison’s date booked and turned away another inquiry for that date meant that we should not have been able to work with them. But through a changed wedding date, Julia and Addison’s date opened up, and they snatched it!
We got rolling right away with their engagement session. Addison is training to be in the military, so his time in Ohio was very limited. Fortunately, we were able to schedule their session before he left. Problem being, we got rained out of our location pretty severely (You won’t see me holding an umbrella when lightning strikes!). We brainstormed some other locations with Julia & Addison, and they chose going to Starbucks (a classic rainy day location in every sense for Matt and I). By the time we got there, we experienced a slight reprieve from the storm. We wiped down some tables under ominus clouds and got to shooting!
Julia and Addison are so sweet with one another. They are so sincere, and they weren't afraid to be a little goofy with us. Once they had finished their heavily doctored coffees, they had that brief moment of “Now what?” Addison didn’t miss a beat--he went to his car and brought a Bible over to the table and started reading Ephesians 5 with Julia (Matt and I were just the happy bystanders with cameras). Addison read about husbands and wives and how that relationship is to be an example of Christ and the Church. He then prayed with Julia (I may have teared up a bit at this point) and gave her a kiss.
A moment of peace passed, even as the storm picked back up.
We captured a few more moments of them outside the Starbucks in Julia’s hometown, then we had all the photos we needed. But then we went inside. The four of us talked for an additional two hours about marriage, relationships, mentoring, life direction, family, and God’s will. We shared fun memories and looked forward to futures full of meaning.
On the drive home, Matt and I reflected on what a blessing it had been to work with this couple (and they haven’t even gotten married yet!). While we got home way later than anticipated, it was so worth it.