Intimate Engagement Session: Brandy & Torie
Torie proposed to Brandy on November 23, 2015. She was so nervous she barely slept the night before. When they woke up on their anniversary, she had it all planned out. Brandy thought they were going on a fancy lunch date to celebrate their anniversary. They went to Chili’s for lunch and then for a walk (Torie even made Brandy bring comfortable shoes). Torie surprised Brandy with a wooden box. She opened it and saw a custom designed padlock. Her smile took Torie’s breath away. They ventured to the canal and stood over the canal locks. She knelt down to place their padlock with hundreds of others.
Torie was nervous and her hands were even shaking. Brandy looked away for a moment, and when she looked back, Torie was still kneeling down, only this time she held a tiny black box open in her hands. She said, “So how about right here? How about right now? Is this a good place to start the next chapter of our lives?” When Torie asked Brandy to marry her, Brandy could see the tears building in her eyes as she grabbed her face and kissed her. All Brandy could think of was, “finally!” Then she took her hand and they ran off the lock bridge. Brandy wouldn’t take the ring until they were safely away from the canal’s rushing water.
Brandy and Torie had no idea what an engagement session would be like, but they absolutely loved the ability to be themselves with their photographer.
Their advice to other couples is to be honest with each other. “Whether you are a traditional couple or not, it’s important not to hold anything back. Talk openly about your expectations for the wedding. Start saving money, because weddings are crazy expensive. Listen to your photographer when she suggests getting a wedding planner. Yes, they cost money too, but you may save some sanity. Relax and enjoy the experience; it teaches you so much about your life partner.”
To non-traditional couples, they suggest, “Be strong and weather through (opposition). When you look back through your wedding photos and see those that do support and love you, it makes it so much more worth it. Try to remember that your future spouse is going through the same thing with their family. Support each other. Love each other.”