Alayna and I met a few years ago when she was working at my friends’ pottery painting studio in Brunswick, GA. There are some people you just click with, you know? I immediately knew she was a super fun-loving and wonderful person! When Walter popped the question around Christmas last year, Ben and I were visiting Georgia so we got to see them briefly when they visited the pottery studio to share the good news! It was my first time meeting Walter, but I joked with him that I barely remember our meeting because I was too obsessed with the ring! (I’m a girl, what can I say?) A few months later, Alayna called to talk about me shooting their wedding in Georgia in 2015. We talked for a while and I told her to talk things over with Walter and her mom and get back to me when she was ready. No more than 15 minutes later my phone rang again and Alayna said, “We want you!”. I am so completely blown over and thankful every time a couple books with me, it’s just such an honor to hear those words, “we want you”, when I know that I want them, too! ;) I love that I get to document this journey of theirs in two very important ways with the engagement session and wedding day! With Alayna and Walter, an extra ounce of fun is added since I get to travel to Georgia!
Jekyll Island is called Georgia’s Jewel for a reason. It’s such an enchanting island with beautiful beaches, historical sites that allow you to step back in time to the gilded age, sea turtles, yummy seafood and raw bars, and more! It’s one of my favorite spots to visit so planning an engagement session there was so exciting! We met in the morning and as I was coming over the causeway the sun was rising over the marsh. We started at Driftwood Beach, a beautiful, peaceful and sort of haunting beach with its giant driftwood strewn all over. Driftwood Beach at sunrise with an absolutely incredible couple to photograph? Maybe my new favorite. This diamond is a family heirloom from Walter’s family. Alayna is the 4th generation to have the diamond (and what’s even cooler, Walter is a 4th, so all the men for 4 generations who have proposed with this diamond have been “Walters”. I love that!)
Favorite! (See what I mean about this beach having kind of a haunting yet beautiful feel? Some people call Driftwood Beach a gothic tree graveyard.) We headed to the historic district, where in the late 1800’s America’s most elite families vacationed on this once private island. They’ve preserved many of the “cottages” and we found some great spots in this section of the Island!
Alayna & Walter, thank you both so much for a wonderful day on Jekyll Island. I had a blast with you two and I can’t wait for your wedding on St. Simons Island next year! Love you guys!