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April 19, 2017

Alissa & Taylor | Atlanta, Ga

Sweetwater Creek Engagement Session

FILED IN: Engagements

Oh, y’all, I don’t even know where to begin with this one! Grab a cup of coffee and dive in, because I can promise you that you won’t want to miss it! This Sweetwater Creek Engagement Session is one that is near and dear to my heart. And I am SO excited to tell y’all all about it! Alissa & Taylor have one of the most unique and sweetest stories that you will ever hear. Their love story began six years ago, when Taylor said that he noticed “this beautiful girl” at the pool. He instantly thought she was way out of his league, but they became fast friends. It wasn’t until Taylor told Alissa that he had a Cheesecake Factory gift card and invited her to dinner, that their love story really took off. Cheesecake for the win, my friends!!

Fast forward six years, and Taylor and Alissa hear about this wedding giveaway that Star94 is putting on. After years of dating and going through various phases in life together, they had been working towards the next step in their relationship. When Taylor heard about this giveaway, he decided to enter them in. There were over 2,000 submissions, and after the first round, Star94 had it narrowed down to 60. Alissa and Taylor were in that top 60! Those couples were then invited to Lake Lanier Islands to meet with the vendors and record a video telling their story. When Alissa and Taylor were telling me about this, they said that they figured they would be able to go to a separate room to record this video. Instead, they had to record their video in the middle of the room with all of the other couples watching. . . talk about pressure! Now, Alissa and Taylor were not engaged at this point. It was very evident that they had been working at getting to this next step, but nothing was set in stone yet. Throughout this entire process, their goal was to be as authentic and genuine as possible. They put it very out in the open that they weren’t engaged yet, and everyone loved their story. Not to mention, their KILLER dance moves. Their video totally encompassed their goofy and fun-loving personalities, and obviously won over the hearts of voters! Star94 even went as far as bringing Taylor into the radio station to interview him and “the other couple”. There was never another couple, and Taylor had the sweetest reaction when they told him that they had won!!

My words will never do this story justice. The video below explains their entire story, their submission video, and Taylor and Alissa WINNING the wedding giveaway!! YAY!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcQLSqGMFlA

Needless to say, I was absolutely THRILLED when Alissa reached out to me about their wedding!! She and Taylor had just won this incredible giveaway, and they were now in the process of planning their WEDDING! To top all of that off, they weren’t even engaged yet! Their timeline has been a little untraditional, but God’s plan for them and their story is unbelievably beautiful. Not too long after they had won the giveaway, Taylor took Alissa to Lullwater Park near Emory. He said that they were going to walk around before dinner at a nearby Asian restaurant, and off they went! As the two of them strolled through the park, Taylor hugged Alissa and told her how wonderful Miami was going to be after this. Oblivious to it all, Alissa went along with it until Taylor turned her around and dropped to one knee. As they were soaking in the moment, Taylor had yet another surprise for Alissa. They were actually going to the Atlanta Fish Market for dinner, where all of their family and closest friends were waiting to celebrate with them! Alissa had been so sure that Taylor was going to propose when they were in Miami for the Miami open, that Taylor knew that he had to throw her off guard. He definitely succeeded!!

After talking to Alissa on the phone and hearing all about her and their story, we instantly connected. I am just so giddy that our paths have crossed, and we FINALLY got to meet this past weekend! Alissa and Taylor are people that you meet and instantly feel like you have been friends for years. They are some of the most genuine and down to earth people you will ever meet, and I truly believe that they fall more in love with each other every single day. For their engagement session, we went to Sweetwater Creek State Park! If y’all have never been, I could not recommend it more! It is absolutely gorgeous, and provided the best scenery for their session! And I really just have to brag on Alissa and Taylor for a moment. These two are seriously one of the most natural couples you will ever meet. Out of all of the pictures that you see below, I probably helped with posing about five times. Y’all, that never happens!! As soon as I was getting ready to have them move to the next pose, they were already doing it. Everything was so natural and true to who they are as a couple. Seriously a DREAM to witness and document!!

I truly do not have enough words to describe these two. I am just so dang humbled to be able to document their story! Alissa and Taylor, I adore y’all more than you know, and I cannot even wait for your wedding in six short months!! Enjoy some of my very favorites from their engagement session at Sweetwater Creek! I can only imagine how epic y’all’s wedding is going to be!!

As a final disclaimer, this post is HUGE. I just had way too many favorites!!

With love,

Sydney

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