Adam + Emily: Downtown Bristol Engagement Session

So, funny story about how I met Adam and Emily long before their engagement session…

In March of this year, we were documenting a wedding at the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Virginia, when Adam approached us asking if we were (I believe these were his words:) “Professional photographers or friends of the family?” I instantly liked him because of that. (Photogs understand…) We chatted for a few seconds and went on with our day. A few hours later he approached us again asking if we had a business card because he and Emily were planning their own wedding. Being the great business owner that I am, I didn’t have any cards with me, so I told him to find me on Instagram and we could chat.

Y’all… he actually did! In a world of ghosting and missed connections, he actually followed through and not only found our IG page but then sent an email a few days later. From the first time we sat down together I could tell these two were my kind of couple. They complimented each other so well and had settled into this quiet compatibility that is kind of rare to see. Adam was outgoing and engaging, but always sought out Emily’s opinion. Emily was peaceful and reassuring, and was always quick to smile or laugh at Adam’s provoking.

When it was time to plan their engagement session, I asked about places that were special to them. Since their entire relationship has been long distance, most of their visits to the area involved finding destinations to enjoy from a home base in Butler, Tennessee, where Adam lived. Naturally, they had spent a lot of time in the local downtown areas, so Bristol seemed like an obvious choice. We had such a beautiful day for their photos and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to hang out with these two for a little while. Just a few more weeks until we start planning out their December wedding! (I’m already looking forward to their dessert choices!)

Engagement Photo of a man and woman on the steps of an elegant building.
Engagement photos of a man and woman in a sophisticated urban environment. Leaning together, looking at each other, smiling.
Engagement photos of a man and woman walking, hand in hand, through an urban park setting.
Individual photos of a man an woman on concrete steps outside of an elegant building. She looks at the camera. He is looking away laughing.
An engagement ring rests on a holly leaf.
Engagement photos of a man and woman sitting on brick landscaping containers. Her arms are wrapped around his arm as they snuggle together.
Engagement photos of a man and woman holding hands while standing outside of a modern brick, concrete, and glass building. They look in opposite directions.
Engagement photos of a man and woman. They face each other. Her hand is on his chest. You can see her engagement ring clearly.
Engagement photos of a man and woman dancing under an urban mural on the side of a building. The artist has melted old music record into the shape of butterflies. A group of around 50 "butterflies" ascends the wall as if they were flying from left to right.
Engagement photos of a man and woman sitting at a patio set at an outdoor restaurant.
Engagement photos of a man and woman on a downtown sidewalk. Cars and store signs frame them as they smile at the camera.

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  1. Jane Phillips

    October 27th, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Emily, I am so happy for you. I love your engagement pictures, and your story. You and Adam seem to be a perfect match. May you have many years of happiness.

  2. Alcye Sullivan

    October 28th, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Emily – these lovely pictures describe what I saw in you and Adam the first day we met him. You are just glowing! I’m so happy for you. Much love!

  3. Kimberly Wood

    October 29th, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I am thrilled for you both. Always knew how wonderful and sweet you were and now Adam! He is the best and great big personality. We are happy for you both!

  4. Mary

    October 30th, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Super adorable pics! Love the location and all that was captured, especially “your love for one another”! Can’t wait to celebrate with you.

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