RACHELE & JUSTIN || ENGAGEMENT SESSION
"The best advice I was given when thinking about planning our engagement photos was to do something fun that we enjoy doing together and it will help make the photos that much more natural and easy going, instead of cheesy or uncomfortable which I know a lot of couples fear. We love visiting new places, especially when wine is involved- we spent our engagement weekend celebrating in Napa Valley, so I thought having our engagement photos taken on a vineyard would be a nice way to tie it all together. Michael & Carina recommended Charlottesville to us and I highly recommend a weekend trip down there! We stayed at a cute B&B, visited vineyards, had delicious farm-to-table meals and even got a history lesson when we visited Thomas Jefferson's home! The town is absolutely adorable, the vineyards are beautiful, and the wine was great.
Keswick Vineyards had the perfect mix of rustic beauty and elegance, so we knew it was exactly what we were looking for in our engagement photos. We had so much fun working with Michael & Carina! They are an incredibly sweet and talented couple and they made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. We started off with a wine picnic, which is something Justin & I love to do together. Everything in our picnic was from a local Charlottesville market which we picked up that day, including the bouquet made by a local florist. Another detail that I love when looking at the photos, is the wine corks on the cheese knives are meaningful to us - one is from the bottle we had in San Francisco the day we got engaged, and the other is from a bottle we brought back from Napa and shared with our parents to celebrate our engagement! It was really special for us to incorporate the city we were visiting and some extra meaningful details into our pictures.
The photos turned our better than we could have imagined and we also had more fun that we truly thought we could taking them! I'm sure the wine helped, but I highly recommend other couples turn their engagement photos into a fun date together!"
- Rachele Loesch, Bride-to-be
Photography: Michael & Carina Photography
Location: Keswick Vineyards, Charlottesville, North Carolina