Kara and Ryan met me in Charlottesville on a sunny Sunday evening, and it felt as though I had known them for years! I had met Kara a few months prior to their session through another Sidney Leigh bride, because Kara is the maid of honor in her upcoming wedding! Shortly after we met, Kara became engaged when Ryan proposed on a romantic evening out, and here we are! I am so excited for Ryan and Kara; they are the sweetest, most genuine and easy-going couple, and they were complete naturals in front of the lens! Congratulations on the engagement, guys! I can’t wait for your wedding day!

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2016 brought SO many sparkly diamonds to some pretty lucky ladies, and I was so fortunate to be able to photograph both the brides and their shiny rings! Without further ado, enjoy these beautiful engagement rings from the past year, starting with my very own diamond ring from my sweet fiance, from Christopher William Jewelers!

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Ryan and Jenny were absolutely INCREDIBLE to spend a Saturday afternoon with! I traveled down to Greenville, North Carolina (well, my fiancé drove so that I could get some work done on the road, so I was chauffeured!) and we explored the small town. Ryan and I have known each other since our time in design at Virginia Tech, and we share a similar aesthetic, as well as love for all things industrial and adaptively reused. It was so wonderful to finally meet Jenny, and to spend time with them as a pair. Their wedding plans are coming along smoothly, and I absolutely cannot wait for their September wedding next fall; it’s going to be BEAUTIFUL!

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Ryan proposed to Jenny on this steel truss bridge, so we went back to the same place to shoot for a few minutes. It was GORGEOUS!_8_46

This park, which had been completed underwater just two weeks prior, had the most beautiful trees with wide canopies that caught the light._6_41_14_45_4_29

Jenny, you are STUNNING! You two are the sweetest together!_12_35_10

These two coordinated their outfits beautifully, and not only that, but navy and burgundy are their wedding colors! It was too perfect!_9     _37

This wall was so much fun! We all loved the texture and the weathering, and it made for a great backdrop! I love their sense of style and vibe!_11_33_17_15_23

Such a beautiful ring! Good job, Ryan!_7  _31_ _24_13

Jenny + Ryan brought their sweet pup along for a few shots- he was so good!! He wore the cutest bowtie, and he was so well mannered!_30  _5

These two looked at each other so sweetly. It was pretty evident that they have each found their match in one another- that’s for sure!_27_2_26_16

I loved that Jenny brought along a bottle of bubbly that her friends had personalized for her! It was so much fun to shake and pop!_19 _18

Congratulations to you both,  Jenny + Ryan! I absolutely cannot wait for your beautiful wedding next September in Greenville,  North Carolina!!

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