Lucy and Sam met and became friends in high school while doing mission work, but it wasn’t until college that they began dating (although Lucy says that Sam had a crush on her the whole time). When I met them at Starbucks for their initial wedding consultation, it was very clear to me that they are absolutely crazy about each other, and perfect for each other! I knew immediately that their engagement session and wedding were going to be fun and full of love. While there we discovered that we have a lot in common, from our taste in movies, to the list of people that we know. In fact, Lucy’s mom was my first grade teacher at Beech Bluff Elementary School (not to mention, she was one of my favorite teachers ever!), and Sam’s sister Sarah student taught under me while she was earning her degree from Union. And to top it all off, Sam and Lucy will be getting married at one of my favorite places on earth, our alma mater, Lambuth University. Their reception will be at the home of one of Lucy’s family friends – I’m super pumped about their wedding because I spent a lot of time at both locations growing up! (But you’ll have to read more about that in their wedding post later in August!)

When it came time to plan Sam and Lucy’s engagement session, I had the perfect spot in mind. I had been wanting to shoot a couple here for a while, and on a rainy evening in May I finally got my wish. We met in Casey Jones Village behind the Old Country Store where there is a quaint little chapel and garden area. If you’re local to Jackson, you know how amazing this little village is for tourism in our area, but also how much history lies on its grounds. I’ve loved coming to this place ever since I was a little girl, and I love seeing it flourish, including all of the newly renovated parts they have incorporated into the attraction. If you’re not familiar with Casey Jones Village and The Old Country Store, you can learn more about it here.

Lucy and Sam’s engagement session began in front of this beautiful little white chapel where all of the pretty pink roses were in full bloom. Our evening was full of laughter as hey dance around the grass by the treeline, and ended with ice cream and glass bottle sodas inside The Old Country Store’s old-fashioned ice cream parlor. And even though it was extremely cloudy and there was a huge threat of rain, the weather held off, giving us the perfect cool evening to shoot in before the storms rolled through later that night.

Sam and Lucy, I cannot wait for your wedding day in August! The two of you are so full of joy and I’m so excited to capture it when you say, “I do”. Here are a few of my favorites from their engagement session! Enjoy!