Ana & Chris - Cherry Blossom Engagement Session at Norfolk Botanical Garden

"I don't know if you've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong."
- Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

Ana's first impression of Chris certainly was. Ana and her friend Rachel were celebrating New Year's Eve in DC and they were getting a quick tour of their friend Andy's house. When they stopped by Chris's room, he was caught up in a video game, wearing his pajamas and shouting into a headset. Immediately embarrassed, Chris called to Andy, “You can’t bring girls up here when I’m like this!”

But Chris quickly redeemed himself with his genuine interest in her, his ability to think on his feet, and his fun and sarcastic banter that always kept her laughing.


Ana and Chris live in Raleigh, but they're getting married here in Virginia Beach, and they made a special trip up here for their engagement session at the Norfolk Botanical Garden!

As gorgeous as the entire garden looks right now, Ana's eyes lit up when I told her the cherry blossoms were in full bloom, so we made our way over there as quickly as we could! It's been 3 or 4 years since I was able to do a shoot with a cherry blossom tree, so I was just as excited as Ana! And the cherry blossoms did not disappoint!

I can't wait for their wedding this fall with Soirees by Lauren!