I just love fall sessions, especially when they are featured in a marvelous spot! This Howard County Conservancy engagement shoot displayed a new love between a couple who simply wants to “do life” together.
Danica and Paul always knew each other growing up through church. Danica’s mother frequently attended a bible study at Paul’s parents home while the children played downstairs. During this time, elementary school-aged Paul developed his first impressions of his future wife. As she joined the other kids, Paul vividly (and so lovingly) remembers thinking, “I don’t like that girl, I don’t like her face.”
Time had passed since their younger years, and the two drew apart to lead individual lives. During their college years, however, Danica and Paul rekindled and became great friends. The couple was well…not a couple quite yet, even though everyone thought they were! They cherished small moments together like taking a drive around the neighborhood and running errands. Although they shared mutual friends and spent time together often, neither saw the other as a love that would be for a lifetime.
The dynamic of their relationship completely shifted after the two found themselves with friends at a New Year’s Eve party in 2008. Paul bravely asked Danica to be his midnight kiss. However, after this moment, Paul felt a spark in his heart for Danica that he never had before.
Paul texted and called Danica to meet up more and more, yet she was oblivious to his true intentions. During a night out together, Paul confessed his love to her, but spent two months afterwards chasing Danica for her heart! Eight months after their kiss, Danica gave Paul a chance, and the two officially became a couple.
The couple spent the next eight years doing what they loved, which involved the quaint details of life like cruising around town, cooking together, and sometimes doing absolutely nothing! In April 2017, Paul was ready to turn to the next chapter of their love story and booked a venue for the proposal.
Working with the coordinator from the Elkridge Furnace Inn, Paul arranged for a surprise engagement to take place. Danica believed they were going to the restaurant for a historic tour since she loved the romantic, rustic scenery here. The coordinator guided the couple to the ceremony alter and left them alone momentarily. At this place, Paul asked Danica to be his sweetheart for life.
Bringing these two to the Howard County Conservancy was an easy decision, as they adapted quickly to the open property. The golden sunlight hit the grains of the fields to make for incredible shots. Using the natural beauty surrounding us, we were able to capture precious moments amongst the grassy pastures.
Danica and Paul will host their joyous April 2018 wedding at Martin’s West in Baltimore, Maryland. It was already such an amazing engagement session, but I am excited to be a part of their upcoming special day!
Make up artist | Shine, Tina!