• David + Alyson | Engaged

emailed me with exclamation marks and an undeniable excitement that I could feel through the words she typed! Alyson contacted me right after David popped the question and her joy was contagious! Not only had she just gotten engaged, she had the most PERFECT proposal in Colorado while visiting David’s family. They had an incredible week biking, hiking, alpine sliding, etc and just when Alyson thought that it couldn’t get any better, David asked her to watch the sunrise with him. Despite the early wake up call, she met him for the sunrise and then they traveled to a nearby park only to find a few men setting up a hot air balloon!!

I think you can figure out the rest! :) David proposed and once they landed, they were greeted by their family to celebrate!! Amazing right?! What an incredible day that must have been!! After meeting David and Alyson and hearing their story, I just cannot wait for their gorgeous wedding day! They are such a fun-loving couple with such genuine personalities. We spent the evening walking, talking and shooting around some of the most gorgeous areas of Richmond! These two met in Manhattan and currently live in the city. It was such perfect timing that one of few days we had at home this August just happened to be the weekend that they were visiting Alyson’s parents! I hope you can feel their excitement and joy as you scroll through their images! Here are my favorites! Enjoy!!

Seriously you two?! How could you be this cute only 5 minutes into the session?! 

We had the most perfect evening for an engagement shoot! It was a little warm… but we had amazing light! 

I love this beautiful light!!

How adorable is that navy dress?! So cute!

Oh Alyson! You’re going to make the most gorgeous bride!!

Stunning ring!!

So fun!!! 

I don’t know where she found this cute hot air balloon but it was the perfect prop for them, given their proposal story!! 

I could shoot on this cobblestone street all day!

These two are so much fun! 

Love this!! 

I’m loving this! 

David is the perfect “dipper”!!

We ended the evening in Church Hill! 

They’re so much! Their wedding is going to be amazing!!


xoxo, Katelyn
14 Comments Engaged
  1. Caitlin reply

    they are such an adorable couple. every shot of them is perfect!

  2. Anna K. reply

    These photos are gorgeous Katelyn! She looks so happy, can’t wait to see their wedding!!!

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  4. elizabeth reply

    LOVE these!!!

  5. Kristina Bills reply

    She has a beautiful smile! Great job Katelyn!!

  6. Kathryn Grace reply

    She is adorable! Love these!!

  7. Digna Toledo reply

    I love these images katelyn. and the ring shot omg. love love love. I purchased your guide for the ring shot. you are the greatest! I can’t wait for your teaching videos.

  8. Meredith Sledge reply

    OH I LOVE THESE! SO happy!! And the colors and light in these is amazing!

  9. Tiffany McClure reply

    Loooooving all of the colors! Your ring shots are always gorgeous. The couple looks very fun and so in love! These images are fantastic! They are great at choosing outfits! :)

    My clients have started getting the hang of what to wear and it completely adds to the photos looking better! Thanks for your tips on how to dress blog post, I send that link to a lot of my couples now! I’m thinking of writing one of my own thanks to you! :)

    Your the best Katelyn James!

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  11. Laura Beth Stricker reply

    ADORABLE! I love their wardrobe!!!

  12. Julie V. reply

    I love the hot air balloon! So creative and unique!
    :) <3

  13. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    What a beautiful couple! Their joy and excitement shines in every photograph…I can’t wait to see how their wedding pictures because I can tell they’ll be amazing!

  14. Anna Liz reply

    Adorable! =)

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