Have I mentioned that I love shooting engagement sessions? This particular session is a perfect example of why. I had a great feeling about Katy and Brandon when I met with them last Spring to chat about their upcoming November wedding. Katy was super organized, arriving at the meeting with the biggest wedding planning binder I have ever seen, and Brandon not only came to the meeting but participated more than some grooms-to-be would. The couple had a comfortable and genuine vibe. Well, my first impression was right on the dot and after spending a whole day traipsing around Richmond-Newport News-Gloucester with them, I can’t wait for their wedding. As they relaxed and settled into enjoying the different locations they had picked out, I was able to see how wonderfully they work together as a couple. Katy and Brandon really seem to balance each other out and make sense together. We started the session in Richmond’s Carytown, where we played in the rain, ate ice cream and tried on fun hats and glasses at Bygones Vintage Clothing (one of my favorite Richmond places to shop). Then it was off to a charming old country store that Brandon’s grandfather once owned near Gloucester, Virginia. Even though the store was closed, it was great to be somewhere so important to Brandon and his family. Finally, we headed to Christopher Newport University, where Katy and Brandon met. We played with the Geese Fountain on Saunders Plaza, where according to tradition, on graduation day, each senior throws the same penny they were given as a freshman. Sunset in the colonnade at the school’s new Ferguson Center for the Arts made for dramatic lighting and fun shots. Also, Katy and Brandon both work for Ferguson Enterprises, a leading plumbing-supply company in the area which sponsored the construction of the center. All in all, I’m really grateful for the time I had with this couple to get to know them a little better and witness their relationship. If Katy and Brandon’s families and friends are anywhere near as sweet and fun-loving as they are, their wedding is going to be a blast. Following are some of the images from the day: enjoy!