I am so excited to share Meaghan and Matt's engagement session! First because they are two of the most cheerful people I have met and it was just so much fun being around them. Second they were my first couple that chose to do a documentary style engagement session!! I always send each couple an engagement questionnaire before their session to help us plan the session, and to get to know them a little better. Meaghan mentioned that they enjoy visiting the local wineries in Charlottesville and doing wine tastings so I asked if they would be interested in doing that as part of their session. We met at Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville, it was a little crowded because it was graduation weekend at UVA. Everyone at the winery was so nice and accommodating and they gave us a little spot at the end of the tasting bar. So while Meaghan and Matt did their wine tasting and chatted with the nice person pouring their wine, I took pictures! It was so much fun to document them just relaxing and participating in an activity that they enjoy. They didn't need to pose, or look at me, or feel awkward, they just got to drink wine! Now, I will say I'm sure the first five minutes still feel a little awkward because they knew I was there taking their pictures which isn't all that normal at a winery, but they were completely relaxed within minutes and it all became so natural and real. I really encourage other couples to consider this type of session for their engagement photos and I'll gladly help you come up with some fun ideas and locations!!
After their wine tasting we went outside and did a few more photos on the grounds of the vineyards. We weren't allowed in the actual vineyard but found a few spots filled with lavender and cherry trees which were equally as beautiful! Next they changed into a more casual outfit and we drove a few miles down the road to the Saunders Monticello Trail for a little romantic hike. A change of scenery and an outfit change help give your session more variety! During this part of their engagement session they did some walking and "goofing around", as well as a few posed photos which is great practice for the wedding day. Meaghan and Matt were so comfortable in front of the camera at this point I didn't need to give them much help at all. You can tell how happy these two are through these images and I hope they inspire you as you plan your engagement session too!