When Nicole and Kenny told me they wanted to have a 1950s inspired engagement session, I couldn't wait to start planning with them. We discovered Donna's Diner in Downtown Sharon, PA for our trip back in time. It was perfect down to the last detail: black and white checkered floors, a cozy red corner booth, vintage Coca-Cola signs, a jukebox, large sunlit windows, and the cutest strawberry milkshake topped with lots of whipped cream.
I was distracted for a little bit by this gorgeous diamond engagement ring! (Can you blame me?) It is the perfect balance of brilliant sparkle and delicate design. I'm looking forward to photographing the wedding rings and special details on their wedding day.
I love that Nicole found a pearl bracelet that complements her ring and vintage dress so well. And can we just talk about this strawberry milkshake? Kenny and Nicole told me that it was delicious, and I believe them because we stayed until they finished the entire glass. I try not to drink milkshakes on the job, so I plan to go back to Donna's Diner to test out a shake just to make sure they were right. ;)
I can't wait to see how Nicole uses their engagement photos to decorate their vintage inspired bridal shower. I know the Coca-Cola wall will fit right in!
After a nostalgic evening at the diner, the bride and groom-to-be enjoyed a stroll on the East State Street bridge overlooking the Shenango River.
I want to go out and buy a pretty floral dress just like this one. I first adored it for the pretty floral print, vibrant colors, and flattering shape, but then I loved it even more for it's twirly skirt!
We still had some time before sunset, so we headed to Buhl Park in Hermitage, PA to enjoy some natural beauty. This park is great for the obvious photo-worthy landmarks like the Casino Building and Lake Julia, but I look forward to the quiet places that are tucked away throughout the park, too.
Everyone knows I love wedding photography, and I might even love engagement sessions even more. It is such a privilege to witness love between people and capture that moment so they will have it forever. As I backed up and gave them some space, I asked them to tell each other what they look forward to as husband and wife. I may have had a runaway tear escape when I saw how they looked at each other as they shared their hearts.
Can we just all have a moment of silence while I grieve the fact that I will never have eyelashes as nice as Kenny's? At least Nicole's beautiful smile can cheer me up. This couple is as sweet as they are gorgeous!
Thanks to Donna's Diner for graciously allowing us to use their adorable restaurant!
You can find more info at their website: www.donnas-diner.com