Mary Kathryn + Tyler’s Sunny Winter Engagement Session at the Lake: Mississippi Wedding Photography

“Moon river, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style some day…
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way.
Two drifters, off to see the world…
There’s such a lot of world to see!
We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend…
My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me…”
Lyrics from “Moon River” are the perfect way to introduce you to Mary Kathryn and Tyler. Music runs all through their lives together.  They’re fun and playful and kind and faithful, and in just two short days, these precious dreamers will be saying “I do.”  We are so, so happy for them, and Jonathan and I feel so blessed, for many reasons, to be part of their day.

IMG_2128IMG_2097Every engagement and wedding we photograph is dear & beautiful to us, but we have a special place in our hearts for Mary Kathryn and Tyler. Since we began attending Vibrant Church in Columbus several years ago, we’ve come to know and cherish these two. They’re part of our church family, and their kind and generous hearts have blessed us and so many others. Mary Kathryn is the beloved Early Childhood Director at Vibrant, and Tyler, a mechanical engineer, can often be seen on stage with his guitar, backing up our amazing team of vocalists for our worship services.IMG_2137We celebrated their engagement with a sweet, laid-back photography session at Tyler’s grandparents’ lake, which is also one of their happy places AND last but not least, the place where Tyler proposed! Note: Mary Kathryn and Tyler have been sweethearts for quite a while, and all their friends and family, including us, just KNEW that Tyler was going to propose soon. My personal bet was that it would be last Christmas. But Tyler’s a super smart guy and no surprise, he fooled us all! He even managed to surprise Mary Kathryn! After Christmas, Tyler invited Mary Kathryn out to the lake one lovely winter evening at the end of the old year to stargaze – he even brought along his telescope. But instead of looking at the stars, he sang her a song by the fire, and gave her a ring. ❤ IMG_2107IMG_2172Precious and pretty Joules, their Australian Shepherd, came along too. Isn’t her name adorable? You can tell she belongs to an engineer! She was perfectly sweet and loving, and she made the session extra fun! Now I want my own pretty little Aussie. I’m sure Jocko (my Belgian Malinois) wouldn’t mind a bit! IMG_9813IMG_2033IMG_9849IMG_2025IMG_2056IMG_2065As we finished up the afternoon with Mary Kathryn and Tyler, our unseasonably warm temperatures began to drop and it started acting like winter again! So it was a perfect time for lots of cuddles.  And Tyler was super sweet & patient and let me talk him into taking the classic & ultra romantic “my hero” photo as a finale. I think it suits him, don’t you?IMG_0061IMG_2204IMG_0124I can hardly believe that Saturday is almost here, and that we’ll have the honor of witnessing these two sweethearts say their vows to each other. I already know it will be a sweet, lovely, and holy moment. I can already feel the love that will surround them from their families and friends. I already know I will probably cry more than once! Mary Kathryn and Tyler, knowing you and your families has made our lives so much richer. Thank you for inviting us into your lives and into this beautiful day.

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