After a long two weeks of winter (oh my friends up north are scowling at me right now) it was nice to get out and hike through the beautiful trails at Belle Isle in the great RVA! Perfect place for an engagement session! With the wacky weather Richmond had been having I wasn't sure if Allison & Dave's engagement session was going to happen or not. Both fingers were crossed for nice weather because these two love birds were traveling South from the DC area, so bad weather wasn't an optoin. We really didn't have time for Mother Nature's reindeer games.
It turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day and I was so happy to finally meet Allison & Dave in person! Since they were not living in Richmond we had only corresponded through email, it was so nice to put faces to names. All of my wedding experiences include an engagement session because I could not imagine meeting a couple for the first time at their wedding!! I had an amazing time getting to know Allison & Dave. They are such a sweet couple! We started off at the river hoping to get some nice shots along the rocks, but the river was not in the mood. With all of the snow melting the river was so high and in such a rage that you couldn't even see any of the rocks! Even if you could there was no way I was heading out there or letting Allison or Dave head out there to be swept away! Not to fear though there are plenty of other absolutely a-mazing backdrops throughout the park!
The first thing you see before even entering the park is the Pedestrian Bridge that crosses over the river. It is so massive and is suspended by wires. It's likely a civil engineer's dream bridge and it just so happens that Dave is an engineer and was impressed by the bridge! This was their first time at Belle Isle, it's always fun to experience the park with newbies! After we made our way around the trails Allison & Dave did a quick wardrobe change into their running clothes. They met in college on the track team, so I thought it was very cool that they chose to incorporate their love of running into their session!
Last and possibly best stop of the day was Legend Brewing Co. in Richmond. Another thing Allison & Dave like to do is visit breweries and Legend in the perfect place to bring someone visiting Richmond. They have a great deck that overlooks the city, not to mention the ridiculous amounts of award winning micro brews and delicious food!! Richmonders, if you haven't been to Legend Brewing Co. you must go there!! The manager & staff at Legends was so welcoming and accommodating to us! Jason, the manager on duty, was beyond nice and even let us into the brewery! It was the perfect end to the perfect day! Once I packed up my gear I left Allison & Dave to enjoy more beer and a fabulous lunch without me hanging around like the paparazzi! I'm so excited for Allison & Dave's wedding this fall. I know it's going to be spectacular!
That bridge is a-mazing!!
Now let's go have some micro brews!
How cool is this? We got to go into the brewery!!
Huge thank you to Legend Brewing Co. for welcoming us and being so cool!!