Hendersonville Engagement Session: Emily + Ian

Emily and Ian have a love story that is straight out of a Hallmark movie! Their story began in Hendersonville so it was only fitting that they return to the place where it all started for their engagement session.

Emily and Ian met in Court as legal interns – he was prosecuting, and she was defending. They quickly discovered that they had plenty of common ground, especially their sense of humor. He suggested lunch, she suggested drinks after work. So on a rainy day after work, Ian took Emily to Jump Off Rock for a quiet and romantic date. It was here that she kissed him in the rain.

And so their love story begins…

By the end of the summer, they both knew they had found something they didn’t want to lose. Emily and Ian were finishing law school in different cities, so the next year and a half wouldn’t be easy. They spent long weeks apart and visited each other every weekend. Emily said that I-40 traffic isn’t so bad when you’re in love.

In their four years together, they have been each other’s joy during some of the most difficult times of their lives – to date. They faced their Bar Exams together, started their careers during a global pandemic, and experienced life at some of its worst, but they only grew closer with each new challenge.

In September 2021, Ian suggested they take a vacation to Sunset Beach (one of their favorite places). Emily was deeply suspicious and packed accordingly. They took a long walk together to an isolated inlet, where she turned around to find him on one knee in the sand.

Of course, she said “Yes!”

I am so incredibly honored to share this part of Emily and Ian’s story on the blog today! Their romantic engagement session is certainly one for the books!


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I'm a small-town, North Carolina wedding photographer, and a full-time spaghetti enthusiast! If I'm not behind my camera or computer, you'll be able to find me at the barn with my horses or in the garden - I'm pretty sure that I'm a wannabe plant lady at heart!

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