Hi there! I'm Caiti and I am a wedding & portrait photographer living in Prince George, Virginia. I am a music loving, doughtnut eating, coffee drinking, mama of 2. This is the place where you can come to see my latest work with my beautiful clients and learn more about me, my husband, and our sweet babies. Take a look around and enjoy!
I have got such a fun couple for y’all to see today!! I met up with Lauryn & Ian last weekend at their alma mater – Randolph Macon. Taking photos at the place they met & fell in love was perfect! They even brought along their pup, Sadie. Y’all know me and know that I am ALL ABOUT dogs at sessions! It makes them that much more exciting.
Lauryn & Ian were all laughs from the get go! All Ian had to do was look at Lauryn the right way and she would bust out in giggles. Every single smile and laugh in these photos is totally genuine. I could have just walked around behind them while they explored their old stomping grounds and snapped some shots because they were that easy to photograph.
We walked all around the campus, found the bricks with their names on them, saw Ian’s old fraternity house, and took photos at the train station in Ashland. It was such a fun night! For the rest of the blog post though, I wanted all of you to get to know this amazing couple a little more….so here is a little Q&A.
When & where did you two first meet?
Ian: Lauryn and I first officially met at a party in college in April 2012.
Lauryn: BUT I first knew of him when I saw him in the backyard of his fraternity. He said something that I thought was really rude, and I didn’t like him until we met again months later. Then I fell head over heels, went home the next day to visit my parents, and told my mom that I had met the man that I was going to marry.
How long have y’all been together?
Ian: We have been together for just over 6 years.
Lauryn: We went our separate ways during what we call “The Great Summer of 2014.” It was literally the worst time of my entire life, but we joke about it now.
What was your first date?
Ian: Our first official date was a nice evening spent at O’Charley’s and seeing Batman in theaters; a pretty cliche first date, but Lauryn made it extraordinary just by being her.
Lauryn…what was your first impression on Ian?
I thought he was a jerk the first time around, but the second time he had just been inducted into an honor society, so he was in a suit, and he looked fiiiiiiiiiine. Then he changed into khakis and a light blue button down, which is still my favorite outfit on him. Hence the outfit choice for the engagement pictures. Looks aside, though, once we started actually talking, I thought he was so funny, smart, and kind. I felt so lucky that he even wanted to talk to me.
Ian…what was your first impression of Lauryn?
I thought Lauryn was gorgeous, vivacious, and a spectacular dancer. She was funny and intimidating and everything I was looking for.
Ian, when did you know you wanted to marry Lauren?
I knew Lauryn was the one fairly early on in the relationship. One particular scene stands out: we were tubing down a river up in the mountains in June 2012 and I remember just looking at her and being more certain about my future than anything before that. She is my best friend. It seemed obvious from the beginning that I’d make her my wife.
Lauryn, what do you find most attractive or love most about Ian?
Ian actually has amazing hair which he now likes to buzz. It’s sad, really. I am trying to have him grow it out for the wedding – fingers crossed! But I can’t pick one thing that I love about him. I love it all! He is my best friend, and I can’t imagine what life would be like without him or how I even made it through life before him.
How did Ian propose?
I had a really bad day at work, but leading up to before I got home he kept texting me at work to look at Sadie (the dog’s) new rabies tag and tell her she looks beautiful. I thought it was odd at first, but he is always doing stuff like that. He loves that dog. Anyways, I get home in a horrible mood, and he makes me open her tag holder. Then the ring fell out onto the floor, and I stared at it. He got down on one knee and said, “I wanted to propose to you on a normal day like a Wednesday in our kitchen, because every day is special when I’m with you.” Then I cried. And ran around the house. And called everyone I knew. It was so sweet.
I hope y’all liked this blog post and loved getting to know Lauryn & Ian! I can’t wait for their wedding next April because it is going to BEAUTIFUL and SO much fun!! Keep scrolling to see the rest of the session – including their dog Sadie and some twirling in a fountain…