• Joe + Emily | Engaged Part 1

I can’t decide if this is an easier post to write or if it’s harder!!! It’s easy because this is my sister’s engagement post!!! But it’s hard because I have a lifetime of things that I could say about her!! :) Before I get into how much I love Joe and Emy, let me explain that this was an impromptu engagement session! They got engaged on Saturday and then Michael and I drove up on Monday for a surprise visit! Emy was shocked to say the least! We met Joe’s sweet family, grabbed brunch and then went to campus to meet two of Joe’s sisters!

As we were driving around, we were talking about the leaves almost being gone and Emy mentioned that she really wished that they would be able to have some fall leaves in their engagement pictures. Well, the leaves were on their last leg. There weren’t many left and so we decided to do a quick “engagement shoot” before we lost the sunlight! So at 4:00, Emy threw on a cute scarf and we headed to a random field on the side of the road! I have to say that it was a little weird at first for Michael and I to be showing Joe and my baby sister how to “nuzzle”!!! However, I quickly found out that they were pros at it and it’s really easy to make these two laugh and so we shot a bazillion pics in record time!! This was supposed to be a “Hey lets get a couple of shots for Save the Dates” and it turned into a full gallery of images! ha! I loved it. I loved our whole day with them.  We talked about wedding stuff at brunch and then again at dinner and I started realizing just how AWESOME it’s going to be to have a sister that’s MARRIED!! I guess I never thought about that before! I mean, we can all four go on future vacations together!!! And we might have kids that are close to the same age!!! …. Ok I’m getting a little carried away… but basically, I’m just excited to have something this awesome in common with my little sister. Emy and I are close and I consider her one of my very best friends and so this past week and weekend were filled with so many wonderful emotions! Our family is growing and it’s SO AWESOME!! Joe is just wonderful and the more I’m around him, the more I love him. I have prayed for YEARS for him without knowing who he was and it’s so surreal to look at these pictures and know that God has been preparing him for Emy for a long time. These two are a power couple and they are going to make an incredible team as husband and wife!! I CAN’T WAIT!! What an exciting season of life!!!!!! Ok, so here are a few of my favorites from our 40 minute shoot at dusk!! :) It’s amazing how much we accomplished!! Oh and be warned… this is just one engagement session. Knowing me and Emy, we’ll more than likely be doing this again in the spring just for fun! :)

Love this! 

Both Emy AND Joe have great smiles!! … Which makes this easy on me!

Love this… I’d say you two look pretty good together :) 

My sister is gorgeous… I’m telling you! They’ve got some awesome smiles!

yeaaaa! Get it girl! How come I didn’t inherit this model face?!!

Emy don’t kill me for posting this one. I just love it:) 

I love tall weeds! Always have, always will!



Her ring is amazing!! 

Love these and love them!! So so thankful we had this time together!!!! Leave them some congratulatory love!!


33 Comments Engaged
  1. Kathy reply

    Oh to be Katelyn’s sister. Hahaha. These are beautiful!! I’m dying over the one of them sitting with him nuzzling her ear! Those shots in the tall weeds are also stunning! :)

  2. Tara Peddicord reply

    wow! Gorgeous! And all in 40 minutes :) Congrats to them! :)

  3. Julie Wagner reply

    I follow you on facebook and every blog post I check out. You are amazing!!

  4. Deborah Zoe reply

    How incredibly special:)!! I’m so excited for your sister and I don’t even know her!! All my love to your fam!!

  5. Leolak reply

    Beautiful!!! You are soooo talented lady! Congrats to the happy couple! What do you mean you didn’t get that model face?!? You look so much alike!

  6. Amanda reply

    So cool that you found some color still on the trees!!! Yay!

  7. Sinann reply

    These are amazing! What’s even more awesome is I think you took these At Penn state… That’s Old Main! PSU is my alma mater!! I love shooting there! The drive there in the fall has always been one of my favorite moments!

  8. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    I love what you wrote about sharing in this journey with your sister. My sister and I have always been close (although we’ve had our seasons, of course!) but now that we are both married, we share a different kind of bond, a really special one. I’ve always felt one (or three!) steps behind my sister, but we are both married now and we can relate in a new and amazing way. I am so happy for you and Emy and how God is going to grow your relationship through this big step in her life! I love this post for so many reasons – sorry I’m such a sap! :) Congratulations emy & Joe!

  9. Terri Baskin reply

    Absolutely beautiful couple and awesome photos! Congrats Joe and Emy!

  10. Kathryn Grace reply

    Gorgeous!! I love these! (And by the way, you have a great model face, Katelyn :-).

  11. melissa reply

    These are GORGEOUS!! So lovely! The colors, the love the RING!! Really stunning work! Congrats to your sis! :)

  12. Jasmine Star reply

    SOOOO happy for your sister! Love to you both! xxxo

  13. Stephanie Stewart reply

    Congratulations!!! What a cute couple, and yes, they do have the best smiles! Love the fall color that you found! I totally agree you should do another shoot in the spring! why not?! p.s. love her scarf!

  14. Kristen reply

    To be engaged is so fun and to celebrate with your sister is going to be amazing! Great shots for such an impromptu shoot. I love how her scarf matches the leaves. :) Congrats to your sister!

  15. Carrie Logan reply

    awhhhh how special! love that you guys surprised them and made time for what really matters in your busy schedule! there is so much fun ahead in the next year for you guys…!!! happy happy!!!!!!

  16. Gabrielle Corbin reply

    Love every single one of these! For an impromptu session, they rocked it! Such an exciting time for you and your family!!! :)

  17. Barb M reply

    Beautiful photos! Love the vivid Fall colors! Well done for the little time you had! I just LOVE your photography style, you are very talented!

  18. JennyRain reply

    I smiled through this whole post!! I could feel your joy radiating through it :)

  19. Beth reply

    Oh my goodness, these are ADORABLE! I love that you shot them at Penn State – I am an alum! Congrats Emily & Joe!!

  20. Kristina W. reply

    Yayyyyyyy Emy!!!! I’ve been hoping she would find somebody wonderful to share her life with! Always love seeing her on the blog. CONGRATULATIONS! I wish you and Joe so much happiness! Also, I can’t wait for more engagement sessions! :D

  21. Steph Dougher reply

    Oh, Katelyn, you KNOW I’m loving these!!! So so beautiful and I am soo excited for Em! LOVE that you shot these in State College and LOVE that I will soon get to count Emily as part of my Penn State family… ha! Emily, you are looking GORGE my friend! CONGRATULATIONS to you and Joe!!! :)

  22. Bethany McDonnell reply

    Love all of these! You do such a great job, Katelyn!

  23. kerri reply

    Congratulations to your sister and your family girl! emy looks just like you!

  24. Annetta reply

    Great job Katelyn! Congrats to your sister.

  25. Meredith Sledge reply

    Aw, how exciting!!!

  26. Aunt Dot reply

    I am so thrilled for my wonderful nephew! So happy Joe, that u found your soul mate. God bless you both. I love you so much – & Emily too. Can’t wait until she’s an “official” member of our family.

  27. resi reply

    Congratulations all the way from Germany!

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  29. Amanda Veronee reply

    Congratulations! How exciting! It definitely doesn’t look like there’s a shortage of leaves in the second scene! Those colors really pop with her outfit!

  30. Paulina reply

    Congrats to Emy!! they look so cute in these!!

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