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Brian and Abbi: Colonial Williamsburg Winter Engagement Session Part 1

Matt and I were blessed to have close, deep friendships in college,
and Brian was definitely one of those friends. Brian and Matt knew each
other from high school, but really grew their friendship at Virginia
Tech. Go Hokies! I met Brian in our West AJ small group freshman year
and became better friends with him through Matt over the course of our time
in Blacksburg. For our final two years of school, Brian and Matt were
roommates. They got really close and Matt asked Brian to be a groomsmen
at our wedding! Spending time with Matt, Brian, and their other
roommates are some of my fondest college memories!

Around Thanksgiving, Matt and I were sitting in our living room when he
received a text message. I casually glanced over at his phone and saw a
picture of a ring, so I immediately had to know what was going on! Haha.
Brian had texted Matt a picture of the engagement ring he bought for
his girlfriend Abbi. We were both incredibly excited, but Matt swore me
to secrecy. Literally. He said that if I told ANYONE, even people who
don’t know Brian, that there would be SEVERE CONSEQUENCES. So I kept my
mouth shut!

But that grew even harder when Brian
messaged me asking if I’d take their engagement pictures! Brian
explained that he planned to propose to Abbi on Christmas Day and then
bring her to Colonial Williamsburg to have photos taken while everything
was still decorated for Christmas. Matt and I were already planning to
be in Williamsburg with his family for Christmas, so it was perfect!

had so much fun together getting lunch and then walking around CW(as
the locals call it!). It was such a joy to see two dear friends so happy
and excited to start their lives together!

I have so many favorites from their session that I decided to make this a two-part post!

We found this prize-winning wreath arrangement on these doors, which was a beautiful Christmas backdrop for them!

Yay! Ring!

An early favorite! Love this!

Abbi has such a great laugh!

Brian’s face in the picture on the right cracks me up! It’s such a typical “Brian face” as Matt called it.


Seriously, how cute are they?

When Brian proposed, he gave Abbi this ornament that they can hang on their first Christmas tree. So sweet!

They could be models. Love this!

Brian and Abbi also have a love for dogs… BIG dogs. So as part of the proposal, he also gave Abbi this cute black lab (that had the ring under the bandana). They named him Scout and I think he’s adorable! I love that they wanted to include him in the photos!

Hello beautiful lens flare and an all-time favorite!

And again, FAVORITE! 

This is the usual amount I put in one post and there are that many more for

part 2

! Keep checking back for that post early next week!

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Meet Karyn

Hi friends! I’m Karyn a twenty-something Christian, wife, do-it-yourselfer, chocoholic, and Virginia Tech alum living in Louisville, KY. I’m a wedding photographer by day and blogger by night. You’ll find all kinds of pretty pictures, wedding tips, life updates, and crazy thoughts on this little place I call my internet home.

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