Joris + Julia crushed their engagement session at Hunting Hill Mansion photographed by our associate photography team, Ryan + Courtney. We we asked Courtney how everything went, she enthusiastically said “Joris + Julia were so much fun and so sweet!” Well, we’ve only had the chance to speak with them through email and on the phone, but that’s totally the vibe we get, too. If you don’t believe me, just read their answers to our questions below. Joris is definitely a romantic which just adds to their charm.
We were on a vacation with Julia’s family at Hilton Head Island. We decided to do one date night at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the beach with live music. After dinner and drinks, we headed down to the beach to catch the sunset. This quickly ended up being Julia’s favorite sunset — as Joris got down on 1 knee and asked Julia to be his wife. Joris got all of the details just right. He even hired a hidden photographer to capture the moment! When we got back to the restaurant where we had dinner, the musician announced us as a newly engaged couple and played a special song just for us. The night ended with lots of smiles and champagne. As far as how we were feeling? Joris was certainly nervous. Looking back on dinner I (Julia) can now understand the source of his visible stress!
Our favorite part of being engaged is planning for our future! It’s so exciting to know it’ll be side by side. We also cannot wait to bring both of our “worlds” together during the wedding — it will be the first time Joris’ friends and family from the Netherlands get to spend time with Julia’s friends and family from the US.
Our best advice would be to never lose sight of the whole reason for all of the planning: Your relationship! When things get a bit stressful, it’s always helpful to remember that at the end of the day the wedding is all about celebrating our love story with the people that mean the most to us.
We love the way these photos turned out! Thanks for your scheduling flexibility and having such an awesome time with Ryan + Courtney. They really loved shooting with you guys and can’t wait to do it all over again next year! We can’t wait to show you your full gallery, but until then, we hope you love this little sneak peek from your engagement session at Hunting Hill Mansion!