Photography: Kristin Byrum Photography (Instagram)

Hair & Makeup: Lindsey Regan Thorne (Instagram)

Location: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Instagram)

Word’s cannot describe how much I love this man!  Justin Drake, you are my best friend, and the love of my life.  I will always remember the night we first met, and the hug that started it all.  In that moment, I knew it was the beginning of something wonderful, but I never imagined just how wonderful our little story would be.  While you know how to push my buttons better than anyone else, you have also shown me a type of love that I never knew existed.  The best part about our love story is… it’s still being written.  I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us, and I am so thankful for the crossing of our paths all those years ago!

Since getting engaged last November, Justin and I have been sharing our wedding planning experience with everyone on Style Soufflé.  You can read all about Justin’s proposal and how we met, here.  At times it still doesn’t seem real that we are getting married, and it’s hard to believe we’ve been engaged for eight months now! Crazy!

Today we are sharing a few photos from our engagement session with Kristin Byrum Photography!  In fact, we booked this husband + wife team before we had decided on our wedding venue (probably not the smartest idea, but we loved them that much).  Justin and I had met the Byrum’s prior to getting engaged.  We loved their fun personalities and un-matched talent, so it only made sense to have them photograph such an important day in our lives!

Another person on the top of my list is the ohsotalented,  Lindsey Regan Thorne!   There was no way on God’s green earth I was walking down the aisle without the help of LRT.  Seriously, just ask my momma!  If you are a bride-to-be and live in or around the Carolina’s I encourage you consider her, and the be PRETTY team, for all of your hair and makeup needs! She features a lot of her work on Instagram, so I encourage you check her out!

Justin and I are so excited to share our engagement photos with you all, and we could not have imagined a more perfect place nor time to capture a glimpse of the love that we have for one another.  Enjoy!

HER: ASOS Dress | J.Crew Earrings | Aldo Shoes (similar) | J.Crew Bracelet

HIM: J.Crew Jacket | Calvin Klein Shirt Nordstrom’s Pocket Square | J.Crew Pants (similar) | Vinyard Vines Belt | Skagen Watch | Johnson & Murphy Loafer’s