Raleigh Wedding Photographer | Durant Nature Park | Sarah and Patrick

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Online Love Stories

Social media is amazing, isn't it??? I remember back when "meeting someone on the internet" was considered crazy.  Someone I worked with back in Virginia about 12 years ago met her husband online but had to tell her family they met at a bar, because at the time they were afraid people would think poorly of them. If you ended up meeting someone you met online, it was considered sketchy. However... I will tell you that my roommate in college and I met through a Craigslist ad back in 2001 and she's been stuck with me ever since.

My how times have changed.  

I actually met Sarah online and was Facebook buddies with her for almost 2 years before we met in person... even though she literally lived 10 minutes down the street from me. Go figure. We were both part of an online networking group and clicked over text super quick. She helped me, I loved her craftiness and caring spirit, and it spiraled into awesomeness from there. But we're not here to talk about us. We're here to talk about Sarah and Patrick!

Sarah and Patrick grew up 10 miles from each other in New York and went to High School together, but being 4 years apart they didn't really know each other. But in 2015, Facebook changed everything. (see??? more online awesomeness!). On February 28, 2015, Sarah saw his profile picture on Facebook and sent him a message... or three... or more. Patrick was living here in North Carolina while Sarah was still in Syracuse with her family. One message led to another, and another, which led to countless hours of phone conversations, e-mailing, non-stop messaging, Skype dates, and finally a plane ticket. Things were so amazing that Sarah ended up moving down to North Carolina later that year and we're SO GLAD she did! If you want more of their story, check out their website! https://withjoy.com/patrickandsarah/story

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The Proposal

Around the end of October 2017, Sarah and Patrick went on a road trip to Tennessee. After leaving Knoxville, they decided to head towards Asheville on the way home. After a long drive on the back roads, Patrick randomly turned and took Sarah 2.8 miles down a one lane dirt road somewhere in Pisgah National Forest.  They hiked deep into the woods and down the most terrifying, rickety staircase, to the base of a beautiful waterfall. There wasn't a soul in sight. After some pictures and gazing in awe at the foliage, Patrick suddenly dropped to one knee in front of Courthouse Falls at 11:11am and asked Sarah to spend forever with him. 

How romantic is THAT??

 

 

The Upcoming Wedding

Y'all, I am SO EXCITED for their wedding! With both of them being Irish in heritage, they could think of no better day to get married than March 17th... St. Patrick's Day!!! Which, in case you didn't know, is also my birthday!!! I don't work on my birthday for just anyone, so you HAVE to know that this couple is special! With a gorgeous venue at The Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill and whimsical woodland details, this wedding is going to be AMAZING!!!! I cannot WAIT! But for now, just gawk in their awesomeness as we took their woodland engagement pictures over at Durant Nature Preserve in Raleigh. Enjoy, and send the couple some awesome vibes!!!

 The couple snuggle on the dock at Durant Nature Park in Raleigh for their engagement pictures with Rose Trail Images.
 The engaged couple kiss on the dock at Durant Nature Park in Raleigh for their pictures with Rose Trail Images.
 The couple sit on a bench near the lake at Durant Nature Park in Raleigh for their engagement pictures with Rose Trail Images.
 Her engagement ring, a beautiful diamond with a band that looks like tree bark, gets a close up during their engagement shoot at Durant Nature Park in Raleigh.
 Her engagement ring, a beautiful diamond with a band that looks like tree bark, gets a close up during their engagement shoot at Durant Nature Park in Raleigh with Rose Trail Images.
 The engaged couple laugh and hug each other by the log cabin at Durant Nature Park during their engagement pictures with Rose Trail Images.
 The engaged couple snuggle together by the log cabin at Durant Nature Park during their engagement pictures with Rose Trail Images.
 The engaged couple snuggle together on a blanket in the woods at Durant Nature Park during their engagement pictures with Rose Trail Images.
 The engaged couple take a walk in the woods together at Durant Nature Park in Raleigh during their engagement session with Rose Trail Images.
 The engaged couple snuggle together in the woods at Durant Nature Park in Raleigh during their engagement session with Rose Trail Images.
 The engaged couple take a quick moment together in the woods at Durant Nature Park in Raleigh during their engagement session with Rose Trail Images.