We got together with one of our special couples, Keri & Jim, recently for their bello love session. We first met them in November of 2013. Jim had reached out to us with a plan to propose to Keri and he wanted to further surprise her by having it documented. This was our first official proposal session and we had sooooo much fun! The honor and privilege of getting to bear witness to such a personal moment was not lost on us romantics.
I spoke several times with Jim leading up to the proposal to make sure we wouldn’t miss a thing. We brought some prosecco and a blanket and couldn’t wait to celebrate with them when Keri inevitably said, “Yes!” to this sweet thoughtful man who went to such lengths for his sweetheart. Click HERE for a peek at the proposal and private celebration that followed.
So when we got together again two weeks ago, it was like meeting up with old friends. Because we had spent the first photo session at the beach, we decided to mix it up and do something different this time. Here are a few of our favorite moments from our time together.
We started our session at Spohrs Garden in Woods Hole.
Happy times with our old pals….
Although they both attended the University of Connecticut at the same time, it wasn’t until they began working for a promotions company that their paths crossed. One day, as part of their job, they were thrown together and charged with driving a giant Dunkin’ Donuts truck to and from Portland, Maine for an event. Fifteen hours later, the two were fast friends. “There really is nothing like spending a ‘few’ hours in Masspike traffic to really get to know someone,” they told us.
Their first official date didn’t come until several years later, when they met for pizza “as friends.” One red potato with bacon pizza and several dates later and that friendship blossomed into something more.
Since then, Jim & Keri have added a sweet pug, Brewster, to the mix. And, now, nine years after that first fateful meeting they are preparing to wed at the stunning Branford House in Groton, Connecticut. We can’t wait to be there with them later this summer, to watch and bear witness as the “Yes!” we were so fortunate to see turns into, “I do!” We’re also pretty stoked to get to photograph at the Branford House. Don’t get me wrong, we feel super blessed to get to live and work in such an amazingly beautiful place, but it’s always fun and a kind of creative recharge when we get to go and shoot somewhere entirely new to us. Can’t think of a better couple to share that with than these two cuties!
After mooching around Spohrs Garden, we headed to downtown Falmouth to take their love to the streets. And, for me…those in between moments, when we’re not really yet ready to take photos often result in some of my favorite pictures. Like this next one…
Kisses and big happy smiles…with a little spring color and a touch of Americana thrown in….doesn’t get much better than that!
Arm-in-arm, with best friend by my side….this is where I always want to be.
A quaint little nook and some love nuzzling….yes, please!
These two are so happy together. Watching them make each other laugh and smile made it hard not to laugh and smile ourselves!
…for the soon to be Mr. and Mrs.
In your eyes….the light the heat….I am complete!
Courtyard gardens and moments like these….this is summer on Cape Cod.
After nine years together, cuddling on the couch together starts to feel as effortless as breathing. I say this as someone who lives to cuddle on the couch.
Sweet, tender, thoughtful, playful wonderful Jim and his smitten, smiley, lovely Keri! You guys are ADORBS!
In your arms, is where I always want to be……love these moments with our bello couples!
A little back alley somethin’ somethin’…..ohhh yeah!!
Of course, I actually said something to that effect…which caused this reaction. You guys…..
Oh, the beautiful love….
And, like that…it’s a wrap for another super fun bello love session.
Keri & Jim….thank you both so much for making the trek all the way up & down here to the Cape to spend the evening with us. We loved every minute of our time together and hope you can feel that affection in these photos!! We hope too that as you look at them, you get even more excited for your big day and all the love & celebration sure to surround you!! We are so looking forward to seeing you both again, and getting your cute mugs back in front of our cameras!! Until then….Thank you! Thank you! Thank you…for being so warm, wonderful and welcoming and for putting so much trust in us!! It means more than you know!!!
Sending big hugs & love, Chris & Andy xoxo