We were lucky to have a very mild winter this year in Virginia! Cassie and Robert were trying to find a time to schedule their engagement session so they could use the photos for their save the date cards, which can be tricky when you hire your wedding photographer in the winter. Well, thank goodness for our finicky VA weather because when I saw the 10 day forecast was calling for 70 degree weather it was the perfect opportunity for a winter engagement session! We decided to meet at the State Arboretum of Virginia or Blandy Farm. This was my first visit to the arboretum and even in the winter it was beautiful, and now I can't wait to go back in the spring and fall as well.
A few of my favorite things about the arboretum were the variety of trees and stones. There were so many interesting areas filled with different textures and colors, which I love! There was a small pond that although a little dirty, the reflection was still beautiful. There were several benches, staircases, walkways, and so many places to explore. One thing that makes your engagement session stand out is variety. Having a location with a wide variety of colors and textures really adds to your images. I think we could have spent another hour taking pictures at the arboretum.