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Here is Part 2 of Jenn and Gilbert’s engagement shoot! (If you missed Part 1, check it out here!) After a quick lunch and change of clothes, we headed over to the Carriage Trail with Jenn’s adorable beagle, Paisley, in tow. This zig-zagging path winds through towering trees that create beautiful dappled light, with views overlooking downtown Charleston. Paisley could not have been happier about this adventure!

Jenn and Gilbert’s wedding theme combines vintage Christmas with rustic touches. In keeping with their color palette, we set out to find the perfect spot to capture the picture that would go on their Save-The-Date.

At the end of the day, Jenn wanted one more shot. She wanted to capture an image of how they actually spend most of their time. So, out came the college sweatshirts,  coffee, and computers. They sat down on the couch, Paisley hopped up there with them, and they began to work as usual. She assures me that this photo will undoubtedly hang on their wall in the future.

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This was a very exciting photo session for me, not just because I got to visit West Virginia for the first time, but also because I got to take my twin sister and her fiancé’s engagement photos! We spent an entire day on this session, breaking it up into two parts: the morning and the afternoon. So that’s how I’ll be sharing the photos with all of you!

I’m not sure what Jenn and Gilbert love more: coffee or books. Over the course of their relationship, they’ve been known to go on coffee/work dates, where they’d hang out at Starbucks and work or read if they somehow had free time. Jenn has also had a slight obsession with Anne of Green Gables ever since she read the series in elementary school. For those who aren’t familiar with the books, Anne Shirley is a book-loving orphan who is taken in by an elderly brother and sister on Prince Edward Island. There, Anne meets Gilbert Blythe. Although Gilbert starts off on the wrong foot with Anne when he teases her about having red hair, he soon becomes a source of inspiration for her, pushing her to compete with him for top honors in school. Eventually, the two become friends and (after much effort on Gilbert’s part), husband and wife. My family always joked that Jenn was looking for her very own Gilbert, and sure enough, she found him!

With this in mind, we started the day at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston, a combination coffeeshop and bookstore. We took some time wandering around the downtown area and then went over to the State Capitol building. Did you know that the architect who designed the Supreme Court of the United States also designed West Virginia’s State Capitol? Ironically enough, his name was Cass Gilbert. I thought this was an excellent backdrop for Jenn and Gilbert, who bonded over their shared love of the law.

Photos from Part 2 are coming soon!

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Matt and Elaine met as freshmen at Lehigh University. Though it was obvious to their siblings and friends that there was something between the two of them, they didn’t become a couple until five years later. Ten years after they first met, they tied the knot surrounded by family and friends in the heart of Philadelphia.

Elaine loves history, so a wedding at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA made perfect sense. They said their vows on a snowy/rainy April day in a ceremony that combined both of their Catholic and Jewish faiths. They planned a number of unique moments to capture that day: from signing their ketubah in Signer’s Hall, surrounded by statues of the founding fathers, to recreating a photo of Elaine and her siblings during a childhood trip to the Constitution Center. I wish Matt and Elaine all the best in their future together!

Venue: National Constitution Center

Hotel: The Franklin Hotel at Independence Park

Makeup: Just Teasing LLC

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