Real love can’t be scripted. It can’t be posed, forced or shaped into something you want it to be. Real love just is. And, when you find a couple who has it and who is excited to share it….well, it makes for some beautiful imagery.

Over the years, Andy & I have met a lot of couples and each of them holds a special place in our hearts. But, every now and then, a couple enters our world and changes it, leaving an indelible mark and causing a shift in our work…making us grow and be better versions of ourselves. Julia & John are such a couple.

Right from our first meeting with them, Julia & John stood out. I remember during the meeting, Julia seemed super excited about the possibility of working with us, which, I admit…we love!! John was warm and wonderful too, but I’m not sure he thought much about photography, admitting that he just wanted to make Julia happy.

That’s kind of how it is with them. Julia is super sweet…the kind of sweet that makes you want to put her in your pocket and carry her around with you. And, John….well, John, fawns over Julia with a mix of complete adoration and a protectiveness that just melts the heart.

These sweethearts first met at work nearly 6 years ago. Julia was the receptionist for the floor and John had come in for an interview. Not only did he get the job, he also got the girl!

Watching them together is such a treat…as an observer and most especially as a photographer. Every now and then a look comes over John’s face that says, “How did I get so lucky?” as if he doesn’t realize what a good catch he is. And, at the same time, Julia looks back at him with such love and gratitude in her eyes….as if he saved her. It is such a beautiful thing.

I think the thing that has really made us take notice of Julia & John is that they let all of this show during our engagement session with them a couple of weeks ago. There was no holding back. They put it all out there for the world to see and for us to photograph.

Often times with our couples, it takes a little while for all of us to get comfortable and settle in to the session. But, with Julia & John, right from the first press of the shutter it was like hitting a home run. They immediately let us see who they are and how much they love being together. All we had to do was sit back and enjoy the show.

Here are a few of our favorite moments from our time together (and there were many favorites…it was hard just picking a few!)

We started at a place that is very special to Julia & John. Although they live in NYC, the Cape is a place they visit often and with every visit there is always dinner at the Impudent Oyster.

Cozying up to the bar for a cocktail…

A little walk along Main Street in Chatham. I just love this next shot. Julia looks so utterly content and John is walking on air!

Come on….does it get much cuter than this? John’s red bracelet matched the scenery perfectly. He wears that in honor of his father, who sadly passed away almost 7 years ago after battling ALS. Julia also lost her dad 4 years ago, and during that horrible time, John was her rock. We just love these two and have no doubt their dads are looking down, so happy that their babies found each other.

Swoon….

And, can we talk about Julia’s crazy sexy Jimmy Choos? Of course it helps that she totally knows how to work her equally sexy body.

This next one, for me, is everything that is beautiful about love, wrapped in joy and tied with a bow of deliciousness that makes my heart melt!

Julia & John laugh a lot together and when she laughs, Julia crinkles her nose in the sweetest way….utterly delightful!

This next little series makes my heart smile big!!

There is NO better place than in the arms of the one you love!!! No better place!!!

The look of love….

We ran back to their hotel for a quick pit stop and took a minute to grab this portrait of John. As we moved one of the hanging ferns, we discovered this little love nest.

love, laughter, smiles and oodles of fun…

Can someone grab a hose? I think I see smoke!!!! Hot, hot, hot!!

I’m pretty sure I said something along those lines while Andy was busy taking that crazy fabulous photo, and this next one is the reaction…

You light up my life…

This next one feels like they ought to be walking right off the pages of some fashion magazine!!! Love it!!! Julia put a lot of thought into what they would wear, even having her hair & make up done for the shoot, and it all came together perfectly!!

Yowza…

More yowza…

Be still my heart!!!

Love the anticipation that builds in this moment right before the kiss….

{heart}

{heart} melting.

{heart} stops for just a second! LOVE!!!

One of the things that was so fun about photographing Julia & John is that as quickly as they could fall into an amazing moment of utter contentment and beauty, they were also having a lot of fun, and the whole process was soooo enjoyable to photograph!

Contender for favorite of the day!!!

Where you lead, I will follow….

A perfect ending to a perfect afternoon of love!

John & Julia….what can we say? You guys are amazing. Your love is beautiful and being around you is an absolute delight! Photographing you was everything that makes us love what we do! Thank you both for inviting us to share this special time in your lives with us, but most especially for letting us see what you two have together and for sharing it with us in such a beautiful way. We adore you two and can’t wait to see you again in September when you say, “I do!” Big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo