Kaitie + Zac | Dawes Arboretum Engagement Session

April 20, 2013

Kaitie was one of the bridesmaids at Marybeth and Bobby’s wedding back in 2011, and we were so excited when she contacted us about photographing her wedding! We were also thrilled when she suggested doing their engagement session at Dawes Arboretum near Newark, OH, as it is a place that they enjoy going together. Dawes has been a place we’ve been wanting to shoot ever since Amanda and I had a picnic there together while we were engaged, so it was fun to go back with Kaitie and Zac. It was the perfect time of year to do it too, with so many of the trees in bloom and a warm breeze blowing!

We started out outside the beautiful old farmhouse that served as the Dawes’ country home back when Beman Dawes and his wife Bertie first purchased the property in 1917, before they began the process of turning it into the beautiful arboretum that it is today. These two are so cute together, and Zac is always finding a way to make Kaitie laugh. They made shooting their engagement session so much fun.

Next stop…the Japanese garden area, one of Kaitie and Zac’s favorite spots, with it’s gorgeous fluffy white cherry blossoms.

Love, love, love this shot!

To end out the evening, Kaitie and Zac enjoyed a cute little picnic, complete with some of their favorite snacks, on a blanket that was made by Zac’s grandmother and great-grandmother. As the sun began to fall lower in the sky, they sat together on that blanket and read some of their favorite entries from the matching journals they have kept while they have been dating.

Kaitie and Zac, thank you so much for asking us to be a part of this exciting time in your lives. We cannot wait to photograph your wedding here very soon!


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  1. Regina

    April 22nd, 2013 at 9:51 am

    You guys are so cute! Gratz!

  2. Kayla

    April 22nd, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    beautiful pictures! such a wonderful couple(:

  3. Michelle Lunsford

    April 22nd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I love all of the pictures!

  4. Missy

    April 22nd, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Sweet couple! Great pics! Prayers for an amazing life together in service to the King! 🙂

  5. Tammy Elliott

    April 22nd, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Beautiful Pictures!!! They really show that you are both very much in love with one another:) I am going to start praying now for both of you as you plan to enter into this lifelong committed relationship. Please remember to always put God first:) Thank you for sharing:)

  6. Karen Thapp

    April 22nd, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Absolutely loved the picnic shots they are priceless and the grandmothers quilt was such a beautiful touch. What a beautiful couple.

  7. janet james

    April 22nd, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Love the pictures. Especially the ones with my quilt – which is now yours. Such beautiful people you two are – inside and out.

  8. Sandra Blades

    April 23rd, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I love each & every one of these pictures of such a beautiful couple starting an exciting new journey in their lives. Love & Blessings to both of you.

    Aunt Sandy

  9. Krista

    April 23rd, 2013 at 8:32 am

    These are so pretty! I am so excited for you two! Love you!

  10. Hilary Tallman

    April 23rd, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    so beautiful(:

  11. Erin

    April 23rd, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! Love all the personal touches and catching the moments of laughter 🙂

  12. Kimberly May Blades

    April 24th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Great pictures! Love love love!

  13. kaila

    April 26th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Super cute! Love the flowers, it looks like it was a beautiful day for you guys 🙂

  14. Lori

    April 26th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    What IS it about new love that is so mesmerizing? Stunning pics, although how could you go wrong with such a sweet couple? 🙂 Congrats!

  15. Dad

    April 26th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Awesome, Z & Special K!

  16. Wendy

    April 26th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    What Dad said!!

  17. michelle

    April 26th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    such cute pictures of such sweet couple. i love it.

  18. Hap :)

    April 26th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Sweet! May the Lord help you keep your love so fresh and sweet always 🙂

  19. Aunt Mary Haddad

    April 26th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    What beautiful photos of such beautiful people. Can’t wait to see you at the wedding!

  20. Zac

    April 28th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Thanks everyone!!

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