Let it be said that I would have had an awesome time photographing Emily and Michael’s engagement portraits even if we had been limited to the inside of a proverbial paper bag. They are an awesome couple and I really believe they will change the world someday. I love their passion and their outlook on life but mostly I enjoyed their sense of humor and watching how easy they love one another.
On a side note both Emily and Michael are involved with a non-profit organization called Amani Africa that teaches women in Africa sewing, crafting, and business skills (http://www.amaniafrica.org). Emily wore a necklace, set of earrings, and skirt made by the talented ladies of Amani ya Juu (Swahili for “peace from above”) in the engagement photos! If you are looking for something truly beautiful and helps a good cause for your collection please check them out!
Now about that paper bag…. I was speechless as I drove up this magical secret garden oasis which is Emily’s family home. It is meticulous in it’s planning and full of beauty both in small details and huge sweeping vistas. There has been so much love poured into this place that it was a welcome challenge to have to whittle down so many choices to just a few for this shoot. I absolutely believe this will be a wedding ceremony location I will never forget.