#WeddingWednesday: Summer Engagement Photos + Our Love Story

#WeddingWednesday: Summer Engagement Photos + Our Love Story
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This post is in partnership with Virginia Ashley Photography. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting those who support She Saw Style.

#WeddingWednesday: Summer Engagement Photos + Our Love Story

PSA: this post is very photo-heavy because I couldn’t pick just a couple of favorites. I love them all!

This is a pretty special week! Want to know why? Tomorrow marks one year of being engaged to the love of my life. Friday is our three-year dating anniversary, and Saturday is exactly three months until our wedding! Whew – what a week, am I right? It’s cause for so much celebration, I thought it was the perfect time to share our summer engagement photos!

We partnered up with Virginia Ashley Photography to take these dreamy golden hour pics, and I’m thrilled to announce she will be photographing our wedding as well! If you’re in the Richmond area (and beyond – she travels), definitely make sure to check her out! She’s so much fun to shoot with, has the dreamiest style of photography, and does everything from maternity photos to boudoir and beyond!

This is the second installment in my Lillian West x She Saw Style partnership. See the first post here.

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If you’ve been reading She Saw Style for a little while, you may remember me sharing my engagement story – and maybe even snippets about how Brandon and I met and began dating! It’s been quite some time since I really talked about how cute we are. Kidding, but not really. 😉 I thought today was the perfect opportunity to give you the low-down on us! Here’s our love story in a nutshell:

Brandon and I met at a wedding in May of 2015! Yep, we are that cheesy couple who found love in the most romantic setting possible. It was basically like a chick flick come to life.

Oh, I forgot to mention – said wedding was in Georgia, but Brandon lived in Florida and I lived in Virginia. I pretty much assumed it would be some harmless tipsy flirting at the reception and nothing more, but by the end of the night, we’d friended one another on Facebook and started to really get to know each other.

It gets better! My family was going on vacation after the wedding – thirty minutes from where Brandon lived in Florida! Knowing we’d be so close by, he actually asked me out … but I said no! (Okay, in my defense, I’d just gone through a terrible break-up – so cut me some slack)! 😂

However, he didn’t give up. We kept texting and getting to know each other even after my family went back home to VA. It wasn’t long before he told me he was interested in more than just a texting friendship – and asked to come visit me!

In August of 2015, B took a bus ride – yep you read that right: BUS RIDE. This boy dealt with a gross bus trip up the East Coast to visit me and take me on our first date. We got donuts and went to a comic shop, by the way. Best date ever.

From that moment on, we knew it was meant to be. When he left to go back to Florida, I think my heart went right along with him. For the next year, we were in a long distance relationship – and that’s right folks, it is possible to have a wonderful LDR! It takes a crazy amount of work, tons of communication, and an equal amount of respect and love from both sides. However, I wouldn’t have traded that time for the world, because it grew us as a couple and as individuals. We’re stronger now because of it!

After a year of being long distance, we said “Enough! We want to live in the same city, gosh darnit,” and Brandon took a massive leap by moving to Virginia to be with me. It was exhilarating to finally be in the same place and spend so much time together.

Brandon got a job at a local fitness club, started taking my blog photos, and after yet another year of our relationship – took things to the next level. We got engaged in August of 2017! You can read the entire story here – and I promise, it’s one of the cutest engagement stories you’ll ever hear.

2018 has been full of wedding planning, moving forward in our careers (Brandon got a new job, I celebrated three years of blogging, and we continue to inspire and support each other), and preparing for this new chapter together! I can’t wait to marry my very best friend!

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Wow! Now that I’ve written all this, I’m feeling utterly in love all over again, and looking forward to celebrating all of this romantic goodness over the rest of the week and these following months!

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Katie N
    August 15, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    These photos are adorable and such a sweet engagement story! Congrats on your future!

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    Rach
    August 15, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    I love reading your story and love all your post about your love for one another. It seriously makes me so happy!! And I can’t believe it has been a year since you’ve been engaged. I swear it felt like I just read about you getting engaged the other day haha! And these photos are adorable! I can totally see why it was hard to narrow it down!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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    Rachel
    August 15, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Oh my goshhhhhhhh! I am seriously so excited for the both of you and this new chapter! Love these photos so much.

    Rachel
    http://www.hello-her.com

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    Kim
    August 15, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Ahh your wedding is getting so close! These pictures turned out AMAZING and you can’t beat their lighting! I can’t wait to see pictures from your big day!

    xoxo,
    Kim

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    Jordyn Sifferman
    August 15, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Your love story is so sweet, I love that he moved for you & that you guys met at a wedding, so cute! Your yellow dress is gorgeous in these photos and really pops with your hair <3

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    Kenzi || Life of a Sister
    August 15, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Oh my gosh these pictures are so sweet! I love the outfits that you’re both wearing! I love reading other people’s stories of how they met, I love that you met at a Wedding!

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    Tanvi Rastogi
    August 15, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    All of these pictures are stunning. You both look so happy. Love the outfits and the poses 🙂

    ❥ tanvii.com

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    Lily
    August 15, 2018 at 7:04 PM

    Could you guys be any cuter!?! Seriously in LOVE with all of these photos!

  • Reply
    Ashley Welborn
    August 15, 2018 at 8:35 PM

    These photos are beyond gorgeous! You are a beautiful couple! Love that you shared your love story!

  • Reply
    Megan
    August 15, 2018 at 9:18 PM

    You two are so stinking cute! You need to frame all of these photos!

    Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

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    Summer
    August 15, 2018 at 9:51 PM

    These are so stunning, Stephanie – and I love how you both took turns with fun patterns. Too cute! So excited for you two!

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    Helen
    August 16, 2018 at 9:02 AM

    Your engagement photos are beautiful! Y’all are such a lovely couple!

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    alyson
    August 16, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Oh my goodness, what a sweet story — love how you met at a wedding, and could these photos be any more gorgeous?! They’re STUNNING!

    alyson
    http://www.themodernsavvy.com

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    Em
    August 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    aww love these photos! I remember taking our engagement photos- it felt so “real” and such a fun moment as a couple! Love how yours turned out!

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    Jasmine Vargas
    August 16, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Your love story is beautiful and so are your photos. I just got mine done last month so I am hoping I get them soon. lol

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    Deborah
    August 16, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    ohmygosh these photos are gorgeous!! You and your fiance look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your relationship story with us – I can relate to the cheesy part! My boyfriend and I met on Valentine’s day! Haha!

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    Nailil
    August 16, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Congrats on your engagement girl! Such beautiful photos.

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    Sara
    August 16, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    These photos are so pretty and I love all of your outfit choices! And this reminds me to get some of our engagement photos up in frames!

    xo, Sara

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    Melissa
    August 16, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    You guys have such a cool story about how you met. I really enjoyed hearing about it! Love both of the dresses you picked for your picks!

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    Annette Dattilo
    August 16, 2018 at 6:29 PM

    Yah!! These are definitely some exciting time for you. I wish you guys the best in your final months of planning. Your photos show so much happiness.

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    Kileen
    August 17, 2018 at 10:14 PM

    Omg so exciting babe! These pictures are so cute and you guys look so happy and in love, I love it!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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    KatWalkSF
    August 20, 2018 at 7:15 PM

    These photos are everything! I just adore them!

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    katie
    August 23, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Couple goals! You two are darling!

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    Nicole Flint
    August 27, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    I’m loving these photos! I can see why it was hard to choose. You guys look great and so in love!

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