Stone MountainPark is usually crawling with tourists and locals on a spring afternoon. However, with rain in the forecast the park was surprisingly empty as we decided to move forward and meet up with Emily and Jimmy for their long-awaited engagement photo session.
We had already spent some time getting to know this couple before today’s session and it was clear from the start, they had an unbreakable connection. How they met is an interesting story.
Jimmy messaged Emily on eharmony.com and she agreed to meet up for a coffee date. They immediately hit if off. She laughed at all his stories and Jimmy was simply thankful to have met a southern gal. Later that day when Jimmy got back home; he changed his eharmony profile and never looked back. They dated for several weeks before officially becoming a couple and the rest is history. We hope you enjoy this spring engagement session in Atlanta, Georgia. Please be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram for updates on the latest with Viridian Images Photography, Atlanta’s premier wedding photography. If you’re recently engaged and ready to create unique images for your wedding journey; contact usnow to secure your dates!
In our line of work as wedding photographers we are constantly meeting new couples each year. Each one of those couples, fantastic. Occasionally we come across people that totally embody sweetness at the purest definition of the word. Such is the case with Casi and Kyle. Both are smart and easy going with a great sense of humor.
So, how did they meet? Well, this is how Casi breaks it down:
“Kyle and I met through Match.com, but later realized we were members at the same church. I knew Kyle was the one when I watched him get baptized. I had always prayed for a man who loved God with all his heart and seeing the man I loved get baptized was confirmation for me of that.”
The rest is history as they say.
For their engagement session they chose Piedmont Park. A popular spot with many couples in Atlanta for its vast array of scenes, including an epic skyline view. If you’re interested in Piedmont Park for your engagement photos; look at some of our other sessions at this wonderful location. Sarah Lyn and Jef, Chinyere and Kyrone, Yaqui and Alex. You’ll notice that even though we’ve photographed engagement photos here many times, we can always find new ways to transform our images to make this location look fresh and unique. In the meantime, please enjoy Casi and Kyle’s session on a chilly fall afternoon.
They started attending monthly puppy training classes together and arranged play dates for their dogs before classes. Once the new semester began, they started spending more and more time together. They arranged to take the same classes and attend the same social events. They continued together after graduation. In 2015, Danielle and Andrew moved to Florida where Andrew began training service dogs for veterans and Danielle entered her Master’s program at Jacksonville University.
While deciding on where they wanted to have their engagement photos taken, they realized there really wasn’t any better place than where it all began. We visited the Georgia Botanical Garden in Athens, passed by a very special park by the lake where they spent most of their free time, then traveled back to their beloved UGA to bring it all back. Congratulations Andrew and Danielle. We can’t wait to photograph your wedding in the North Georgia mountains in the fall.
They are just so cute together.
They had so much fun going back to campus and visiting a few of their special spots.
Even after so many years, they were still nervous crossing the arch.
Marc and Meghan first met in a Marketing class at Georgia College. Meghan was sitting in the front row, and when Marc walked into the classroom, he proceeded to sit down right next to her. Marc then introduced himself with a wide grin and let her know he doesn’t normally like to sit in the front row. That class sparked their friendship that grew into something very special.
After about a year of very close friendship, Marc had been wanting to take Meghan to dinner, so he asked her on a few dates. Not wanting to lose the close friendship they loved so much, she politely declined. However, that didn’t stop Marc from asking her out again. In May of 2013, Marc asked again and she finally agreed to dinner. Marc took her to Piccolo’s Italian Steakhouse. After that date Meghan was just kicking herself for not saying yes sooner, since she realized then how much she cared for Marc and was really falling in LOVE with him. Many more dates followed, and have been more madly in love with each other ever since!
Aren’t they the cutest?
Marc and Meghan are just naturals in front of the camera.
After almost three years of dating Marc knew he found the girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. It hit him while he was golfing with some friends after they jokingly asked when he was going to “pop the question.” He laughed it off, but then thought, he was really going to marry this girl! A couple weeks later he went to pick out the perfect wedding ring. Meghan loves surprises, so he had to pick out the perfect ring without any help so she wouldn’t find out.
For the next few weeks Marc planned the perfect rooftop proposal at a downtown club in Atlanta. Everything was on schedule until the day of the proposal…Marc received a call at 10 am that he could no longer use their roof.
On April 8th, 2016 while Meghan thought he was at the gym, Marc was frantically driving all over Atlanta to find the perfect spot. Around 1 pm that day Marc remembered another Midtown club with a rooftop terrace! He called the manager and told him his situation and they agreed to keep the club open for an extra hour for Marc to propose. Upon arrival, there was only a bartender, manager and one or two other people at the club. Meghan thought it was strange how empty it was for a Friday, but the bartender played it off casually and told her their table was being prepared in the other room. They were asked to wait out on the terrace. It was an extremely windy day and Meghan had asked if they should go inside to wait. Marc convinced her to stay outside and they got some champagne.
A few minutes later the manager came out and set a cake on their table while they were enjoying the beautiful Atlanta skyline. Meghan tried to let him know that they didn’t order any food, and suddenly looked down and saw “Will you Marry Me”…by the time she turned back around and Marc was on one knee asking her to marry him.
I know you want to see more. Click below for a video slideshow from their Roswell Mill engagement session.
We are so excited to see you two again in a few months along with your closest family and friends as you dedicate your lives to each other. Congratulations!
We love when our previous couples refer us to their friends. Eddy was a best man at Alex and Yaqui’s wedding we photographed back in 2015. When it was time for him to take the leap into marriage he remembered us and how great we were with his best friend that he had to quickly find out if we were available. We’re so happy to hear that. We want every one of our couples to feel like we are friends and always have their best interest in mind. Thank you Eddy and Diandra for trusting us. Can’t wait for your wedding in April. In the meantime, enjoy their engagement session taking place at Stone Mountain Park.
Aren’t they just adorable? They loved playing with each other. No complaints here.
They look adorable and felt so comfortable with each other.
A lovely end to a beautiful fall afternoon at Stone Mountain.
Chelsea and Wesley are so adorable together. They met back in 2012 on Chelsea’s first day working at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. The two have been inseparable since. Take a look at their engagement session that took place at the historic Old Fourth Ward district of Atlanta over the summer. A local cat came by to check up on things during the session. How adorable and so very friendly.
Sabrina and Mark met with a “hello, nice to meet you” introduction through a work colleague in Chicago in August 2014. The second time they went out with their mutual colleague and friends. Well, that night they hit it off and talked the whole night. He asked her out again but she declined because she was looking for something serious and he didn’t meet her family’s criteria (different background and beliefs). But Mark persisted paid off. He continued to pursue Sabrina after much rejection. One thing led to another and although Sabrina didn’t even know how it happened, everything just fell into place.
Why Camping theme?
Sabrina wanted a camping theme for her engagement session since they both love the outdoors. And after a downpour that hot, humid June day in Atlanta, the skies parted and we all enjoyed an amazing time having fun pretending there was a little crispness in the air.
Click here for more from Mark + Sabrina’s engagement session.
When you think of Emory University, many things come to mind. Its rich history dating back to 1836 in Oxford, Georgia. Its prestigious School of Law named by the Princeton Review as one of the best law schools in the United States. Or perhaps their stellar research work in health sciences. Emory Healthcare is the largest healthcare system in Georgia and one of the largest in the world; making great strides in the fight against cancer and other devastating diseases. All the things you would want from an institution. However the campus itself, nestled in the suburban Atlanta neighborhood of Druid Hills, is the perfect location for an afternoon photo session with a couple very much in love. Many beautiful buildings including the Candler Library, the Old Theology building and the Carlos Hall, with its adjacent museum surround a large, open green space called the Quad.
May we introduce to you…
This is where we get the opportunity to introduce and feature Jibran + Leia. A modern, up-and-coming couple with the sweetest disposition. Both are proud to have called Emory their school and as former Eagles, they couldn’t think of a better place to photograph their engagement. You see, this is where they first met. On the steps of Carlos Hall is where their story began several years ago. All throughout college they shared so many special moments on those grounds. Therefore, circling back to connect their present to their past made all the sense in the world. Today Jibran + Leia are working professionals practicing their love for the field of law. With successful careers already blooming, their personal relationship continues to be the highlight of everything they are. It seems as if they are smiling at each other constantly; loving and caring to each other in the simplest of things. So what does that mean to us? Everything! It’s so great to have a job where we get to see sincere happiness like this. Plus it makes photographing a couple like this so effortless. Talk about people made for being in front of a camera. We enjoyed this session so much. Running out of time was really the only thing that we didn’t like about it.
Inside Carlos Hall
On this chilly afternoon we started the shoot indoors with the beautiful circular staircase inside Carlos Hall. From there we jumped outside and went directly to the stairs where they first met outside. Even as it got colder and darker; it was almost unnoticeable. All in all we feel we have a great representation of who Jibran + Leia are as a couple. Warm, loving and sophisticated with fantastic individual personalities. This September we get the privilege of spending 3 days with them as we photograph their wedding and we can’t wait for that weekend to come. Once again, congratulations Jibran + Leia on your engagement!
What an amazing building this library is! The architecture and marble facade are so impressive.
A group touring the grounds of the university arrived when we took this shot below.
Seriously, there were so many amazing shots from this session it was so hard to narrow down. But if you’re curious to see more, check out the video slideshow.
It’s funny how many times you can visit a place and still overlook many of its best features. We’ve walked through Centennial Park many times over the years with family visiting from out of town or with friends as we catch a concert or a game at Phillips Arena. Never did we give it all that much thought in terms of photography. Perhaps this was the case because we were always focused on something else, or because of the large crowds that are always present. So this is where we have to extend a big thank you to Jeff + Annette for requesting we shoot their engagement session in this area of downtown Atlanta. Yes, we appreciate their suggestion even on a slightly overcast day when the park was covered with activity. Tourists, street entertainers, joggers and families everywhere. Nonetheless, we were able to embrace the chaos and also uncover many spots we never really looked at before.
Let’s go on an adventure
What really makes the shoot better is having a couple like this to photograph. Easy going, adventurous, and totally in love. Jeff has a very calming influence about him. Annette seems to have a permanent smile. Together they have compatibility written all over them. Inseparable at all times, it really doesn’t take much to find natural moments where you can just shoot away and grab tons of great expressions and emotions. They also understand the artistic importance of photography. So when we asked them to run through the water jets of the Olympic Fountain of Rings on a chilly afternoon so we could try to get some unusual shots; Jeff’s response was an enthusiastic “Let’s go!” Yeah, they got a little wet because of some bad timing; but they did’t care one bit. We had just as much fun behind the camera watching them. not only did we get to see the excitement in their eyes with each other, but the water allowed us to add layers to the photographs as if we were right inside the moment with them. This was just a microcosm of the entire session. The more we explored the park and the neighboring streets, the more they wanted to keep going. Their energy was outstanding and any photographer will tell you that this type of enthusiasm and collaboration only leads to better creativity. It’s because of Jeff + Annette that we have a whole new appreciation for Centennial Park. In the future we look forward to working there again. There are so many additional spots and ideas we left on the table simply because we ran out of time. But that’s a good thing; isn’t it? We can’t wait to work with this couple on the biggest day of their lives. Thanks again Jeff + Annette for such a wonderful afternoon in downtown Atlanta.
Look at how adorable they are!
We were having so much fun. We didn’t want this day to end.