Grand Hotel of Fairhope Alabama Engagement Session
Ashlie and Jessica have known each other for 21 years this year. They were neighbors and Jessica used to babysit Ashlie and her twin sister, Carlie. Truly, Jessica was BEYOND excited when Ashlie reached out for us to photograph her wedding. Ashlie and James met at college in Auburn, Alabama. Ashlie will graduate in May a BSN and James graduated in 2020. Of course, it is truly an honor to be asked to document such a special occasion for a close family friend.
We began Ashlie and James’ portraits under a live oak by the pond at The Grand Hotel. This glorious gem on Mobile Bay is one of our favorite places to photograph couples who have a love for Fairhope. The combination of live oaks, perfectly tailored landscaping, and a curated beach on Mobile Bay make for an incredibly relaxing and romantic shoot! We planned their session in the morning, so that we could avoid the afternoon heat. Normally, we recommend an evening session for beautiful glory light but the Grand Hotel offers this throughout the day. They decided to end their engagement session with a fun walk on the beach.
Engagement Session Goals
Our goal with each engagement session are for our couples to get super comfortable in front of the camera. Ashlie and James were naturals! The way they look at each other and make each other laugh made for natural portraits that captured their personalities. As a matter of fact, engagement sessions are also a great way celebrate a special time in our couples journey towards marriage. It creates a perfect memory. We usually always encourage our couple to make a date of the occasion
Ashlie and James chose the perfect outfits. Ashlie’s dress just pops and James looks like a southern gentleman, after all. We love sharing helpful tips with our Goodie and Smith couples about what to wear for their engagement session. As a result, Ashlie looked amazing in her dress from White House Black Market. For more engagement session location and wardrobe inspiration, check out our blog category: engagement.
Congratulations, Ashlie and James! We absolutely loved photographing your Grand Hotel of Fairhope, AL engagement session. We can’t wait for their wedding at the The Venue- Fairhope.
Dress: White House Black Market