Woodsy Engagement Session


It’s FINALLY spring over here in Maryland!! Is anyone else excited for the blooming flowers, green grass, and amazing sunshine? I thought it would be fun to say goodbye to winter with a gorgeous, snowy engagement session from Amanda Macphee Studios!

There’s just something about the snow and a winter engagement session that gets me! Nathalie & Bobby spent some time adventuring with me for their engagement session, and I had a great time getting to know them better. The snow made for the perfect backdrop for this winter wonderland. I also love that their brought their dog, Lyla – after all, isn’t your pup a member of the family, too?

I love getting to know how my couples met – everyone’s story is so different! Nathalie & Bobby met through their church, St. Mary Orthodox Church, where they’ll be getting married in June. Nathalie knew of Bobby first – she would come home from college and sit with her mom in the back, while Bobby sat just a few rows up. Her mom always encouraged her to introduce herself, but she was nervous. In October of 2013, Nathalie and her mom went to the church’s yearly Dinner Dance at St. Luke’s Orthodox Church (where their reception will be!). That was the night that Nathalie & Bobby finally met, and it wasn’t without a few memorable moments! Bobby went up to Nathalie to introduce himself, but was unfortunately just a little bit clumsy, and spilled red wine everywhere! They talked for a little bit, but got too nervous to ask for the other’s phone number. A mutual friend made sure that they got each other’s phone numbers, and the rest is history!

Nathalie & Bobby’s love story wouldn’t be complete without talking about their love of Lyla. Nathalie got her back in college. When Bobby met her for the first time, she was less than 2 years old. He quickly fell in love with her and now can’t imagine life without her. They call her Lyla Bear, which may be the most precious thing ever.

I’m not sure that it gets much more romantic than this. Nathalie & Bobby took a trip to Paris, France last March. A few days into their trip, they took a train out to the Palace of Versailles. They walked through the palace and made their way to the expansive gardens. On a tree-lined path, Bobby asked Nathalie if he could officially be Lyla’s dad. Nathalie was a little confused, until he said, “Will you marry me?” She was completely surprised, and, of course, said yes! They spent the rest of the day walking around in the gorgeous gardens dreaming of the future.

These stories are my favorite, because for so many, there’s that defining moments, and Nathalie and Bobby clearly just knew. Nathalie says that she knew that Bobby was the one because she never met anyone else who was so respectful, patient, kind, and warm. She says that he not only supports her in everything that she does, but knows how to put a smile on her face even in the most stressful of situations. Bobby says that he prides himself on making Nathalie into a Memphis Grizzlies Fan! He loves that they both love to travel, and that he couldn’t have asked for a better traveling partner – someone he can have endless conversations with and that will laugh as his jokes.

Photography: Amanda MacPhee Studios