Katie + Alex: A Summery Southern Engagement Shoot by Almond Leaf Studios
Posted by Sarah Zlotnick. Filed under Engagements

Today’s gorgeous engagement shoot comes straight from the South—Chapel Hill, NC to be exact. Katie and Alex met as undergrads at the University of North Carolina (go Tarheels!), so when it came time to capture their pre-wedding bliss, ace photographer Elizabeth Marx of Almond Leaf Studios scouted three picture-perfect spots around campus.  We love the way they used simple outfits and backdrops—it really lets their love for each other (and those beautiful smiles!) shine through.

From the bride-to-be: Alex and I grew up about 20 minutes from each other in small and smaller towns in eastern North Carolina.  As close as we were geographically, and as intertwined as our families were in the local arts and athletics communities, it wasn’t until college that we (finally) met.  Our overlap at UNC Chapel Hill was very brief, but we were introduced by mutual friends during Alex’s senior year and my freshman year.  Post-grad, Alex and I both found ourselves in Charlotte (he beat me there by three years, naturally, and had secured a graduate degree in the meantime) and apparently we both needed a little nudging from our mothers (guilty, yes) to get us on our first date.  After sharing chips and salsa and a bottle of wine at a local Mexican restaurant, we realized that the saying is true—Mothers do always know best. And here it is, four years later, and we are getting hitched!

More from Katie, this time on what inspired their shoot: We wanted to incorporate two of our “loves”: 1) our love for each other, and 2) our love for our Alma-mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We wanted the look and feel of our shoot to reflect the “softly southern, rustic romantic” style of our wedding.   When we shared these ideas with Elizabeth,  she scouted naturally lush green areas made interesting with flowers, trees, architecture, and stonework. She timed our shoot for just before dusk, when the light is at its softest and most romantic. 

Thanks again to Katie, Alex, and Almond Leaf studios for sharing this sweet engagement story with us! If you’re in the market for more Southern-style inspiration, be sure to check out Brittany and Jason’s Cordova nuptials and Heather and Tyler’s preppy pastel wedding. If you’re looking for more of our engagement shoots, head to our Engaged & In Love Pinboard.

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