As most of you know, my little brother is engaged!! He proposed to Katelyn on the beach this past winter, and you may remember my super excited post and their sweet photos together on Siesta Key Beach.
Well, they’re getting married this March already – can you believe it?! I can’t! I am not only happy for them to be together, but so excited to have a new sister and to have Katelyn be a part of our family.
Andrew moved to Florida in May, and honestly, it hasn’t been easy for me. I miss them like CRAZY! So it was wonderful having them come up to New York last week for Andrew’s friend’s wedding. We had planned while they were here to do an engagement session in New York. Their wedding will be in Florida, but because their relationship has been long distance for 2 years, they spent lots of time together in both states – and Katelyn even lived with us for a summer (so fun!) So they wanted to bring the feeling of New York into their engagement pictures, which will be displayed at their wedding at the Powell Crosley Estate.
I’ve taken TONS of pictures of them, and Andrew has gotten lots of practice in front of the camera (Which is great, because he hates being behind the camera. In this way, I can’t believe we’re siblings!) But a real engagement session is special, because we were able to take photographs intentionally to be used at their wedding, to go with their wedding theme colors of navy and mint. And of course, we had to take photos of THE RING! (My brother did a great job customizing that beauty!)
Andrew wanted to take pictures in the woods (like brother like sister!), and Katelyn wanted to take romantic photos on rowboats. So, I found a place where we could do BOTH! We went to Clarence Fahnestock State Park in the Hudson Valley, and I can’t believe this was my first time there! It’s a huge park with lots of land and is especially busy in the winter time with their snow shoeing and cross country skiing trails. But there’s a cute beach at Canopus Lake, where we were able to rent rowboats. I was photographing them from a dock and was just in LOVE with the beautiful sunlight hitting them! It was really like the scene from “The Notebook,” minus all the swans. The photos of them were just beautiful and you can tell how in love they are!
Then, we went to take more woodsy pictures at Pelton Pond Nature Trail. We had some lunch at a picnic area, then started down this trail. I loved the variety of scenery there was with rocks, dense trees, and more open areas with light streaming through. It was gorgeous!!
After the woods portion, we packed up and drove to Cold Spring, which isn’t too far away, in hopes to catch a beautiful sunset! They changed outfits, and we brought out a guitar, because Andrew loves to play acoustic and electric guitar. They are going to bring that theme into their wedding day too! We photographed and waited, and the sunlight never came out behind the clouds. But we caught some beautiful moments – I love how picturesque Cold Spring is by the water! And we did catch a little bit of a sunset – a perfect way to end the day By the time sunset came, we were exhausted anyway!
It was SO much fun to take these photographs of them – and I am overjoyed to share them with you! Enjoy their story!
This light, and the way he looks at her – love it!
How romantic is this?!
Wait…who’s doing the heavy lifting here?!
LOVE that laughter – so them!
This LIGHT was magical!
Had to include this because this is so my brother – laughing at Katelyn saying a word funny!
Katelyn, you’re stunning!
Loved this dense forest…
We have like a million pictures of them holding hands with their bracelets – just had to include it in their session!
Loved these details!! Isn’t the ring a stunner?!
So glad we caught a little sunset – so happy for them!