January 6, 2016


A few days after Thanksgiving Elisabeth and Scotty ventured out to Glengray tree farm to pick out and cut down their Christmas tree.

After walking around the tree farm for about 45 minutes, Elisabeth had finally found the perfect tree for their house this year.  So, Scotty started the process of cutting it down.

christmas-tree-farm-engagement-session-in CulpeperAbout half way through, he said, “Man, Elisabeth, you picked a fat one.  I need to take a break.”  Well, it was kind of cold and rainy, so she said “Chop, chop, let’s go!”

He replied with, “Well, you get down here and do it then.”

She refused  – the ground was all muddy and although she doesn’t mind getting dirty, she was totally not dressed for it.  Scotty insisted, and so finally she gave in.

tree-farm-engagement-ideasElisabeth got down on her knees and started trying to saw with all her might…and nothing happened.  The saw wouldn’t even budge.

Scotty laughed a little and then said, “Well, you have to promise not to squeal.”

He tickled her sides a little bit, and she giggled, giving him a look like “What??  Why would I squeal?”   When he opened his closed hand, an engagement ring was nestled in his palm.

Culpeper-rustic-fine-art-wedding-photography“Of course, at that moment I squealed!” says Elisabeth. ” I asked, “Really?”  I was totally surprised!”

Scotty looked at her, anticipating a response, to which she said, “Well, you have to ask me the question.”  He did, and she said yes!

Northern-Virginia-rustic-fine-art-wedding-photograper“I think the proposal was a balance of impromptu and planned.” Elisabeth said.  “Scotty knew he wanted to propose at the tree farm (he told my parents he was going to), but I don’t think he had it planned out in detail.  It was very much in his style – no great show or fancy fireworks.  Just him and me. It was perfect beyond all measure!” casual-rustic-tree-farm-engagement-photography

Tell me how you met.  Where were you?  What were you doing?  What did you each think when you first saw the other person?

Scotty and I met our freshman year of college at Virginia Tech.  The first time I actually spoke to him was on my 19th birthday (2007!).  We were both in the engineering program, and I wasn’t sure that I was in the right place for class.  He informed me that I was 🙂  (I have always been somewhat directionally challenged, something that has become a bit of a running joke in our relationship.)  As it happens, later in the semester we were assigned to a group project together, and my first impression was that I was going to end up killing him by the end of the project.  (We are both very much type A, take charge kid of people.  Although this has caused it’s fair share of disagreements, I truly believe it has allowed us to achieve as much as we have in both love and life.)  At the time, I was dating somebody else, so we stayed friends.  He helped me write programs for our C++ class, and I tutored him a bit in math.
christmas-tree-farm-virginia-tech-engagement-phootgraphyThe night that I decided to call it quits with the previous guy, I went for a walk around campus to sit at the war memorial chapel.   Scotty decided to join me and we talked until late in the night about our families, our hobbies, and our dreams for the future.  When I got cold, he gave me his jacket.  He listened to a recording I had made of me playing piano, and told me about his affinity for hunting and the great outdoors.  At the end of the evening, he walked me back to my dorm.
Virginia-Tech-engagement-session-with-dogThis all happened on March 19, 2007.  Just a few short weeks later was April 7, 2007.  Scotty walked me to class that morning.  That afternoon, we lost 32 of our fellow Hokies.  But it a strange kind of way, it cemented our relationship.  We survived the tragedy together, and in the weeks that followed where Virginia Tech cancelled classes, we were able to spend time together and take care of each other.  We went on a camping trip, played volleyball, met each others’ families, and remembered those we lost with the rest of the hokie nation.  We went to the candle light vigils, walked around the duck pond, and talked about anything and everything.  Although the tragedy itself was one of the most difficult experiences of our lives, the aftermath and the way that the Blacksburg community bonded together afterwards was the number one most beautiful outpourings of love that we had ever seen.


Tell me about your first date.  Where did you go?  Who picked the place?  Was it a huge success or did it have it’s challenges?

Our first official date was the weekend after the evening we spent talking at the war memorial chapel.  We went hiking at the Cascades Falls (https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x884dc468310c4941:0xb0088032f60a9011!2m5!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i100!3m1!7e1!4shttps://ssl.panoramio.com/photo/99538423!5scascades+hike+-+Google+Search&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiX_fvs1czJAhUDFz4KHZgrAwwQoioIkAEwDg).  I am not sure who picked this as our first date, but it seemed to make sense because we both prefer to be outside.  Later that evening, we went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner.  We both had so much fun!

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Scotty and I feel most comfortable when we are out in nature, hiking, kayaking, camping, etc.  We enjoy the peace that we find away from the business of everyday life in Northern, VA.  Scotty grew up in Culpeper and I grew up in Gloucester (near Yorktown), so we are both from small towns, and we enjoy the comfort of small town living.

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What part of your wedding are you most looking forward to?  What part are you most nervous about?

I am most looking forward to FINALLY and OFFICIALLY committing to Scotty for the rest of my life.  We have been together for 8 years, own a house together, and have been planning our futures from that first night together out at the War Memorial Chapel on the Virginia Tech campus.

rustic-fine-art-christmas-tree-farm-engagement-session rustic-fine-art-wedding-photography-in-Northern-Virginia I am excited to end the chapter of dating and begin the chapter of married life.  I am also excited to be surrounded by our family and friends who have supported us for years and who have encouraged us through the good times and the bad as we say our vows.  rustic-tree-farm-engagement-cider-custom-mugs As far as what I am nervous about?  not much at this point.  Perhaps my biggest fear is the weather.  Our wedding will be held at the Inn on the Pamlico Sound on the outer banks of NC.  So, a hurricane coming up the cost the weekend of our wedding could really dampen the celebration.rustic-virginia-tech-engagement-session

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