Heather and Sean are mad about plaid. Seriously, the pattern makes an appearance in all three of their engagement photo outfits. But you know what else they are mad about? Each other, of course! The joy of this adorable duo is simply infectious, and their e-session with Carissa McClellan Photography is about as cute as it gets. Heather loves fall (Who doesn’t really?!) and ever since she was a little girl, she has dreamed of an autumn wedding. Next October, she and Sean will tie the knot. But Heather also wanted to incorporate a fall, rustic feel into their pre-I Do pics. The couple headed to a nearby farm, where the giant red barn, white wash fence, and open fields provided a beautiful country backdrop. Throw in a few plaid sweaters, a cozy blanket, and some boots and you’ve got yourself the quintessential fall photo session. BYOPSL (Bring Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte) 🙂
From the bride…
When and how did you two meet?
It all started four years ago in the summertime. I was graduating high school, already in a relationship at the time and not looking for anything…until this new kid showed up at work and stirred the pot. We both work at the Pittsburgh Field Club; I’m a caddie and he’s an Assistant Golf Professional but at the time he was just an intern. We met in the bag room and that’s when Sean wanted to get to know me more. He went up to fellow co-workers and asked who I was. He was very determined to get to know me and to take me out. I didn’t like how eager he was and that’s why I never gave in. It took two years of back and forth, of me not knowing what I wanted, until August 1, 2013 when we officially began dating. I realized everything I ever wanted was right in front of me for two years. He’s my best friend and knows just how to make me smile and laugh.
Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?
Rewind a year ago to October 25, 2014 when I said “Yes” to spending the rest of my life with the man of my dreams. It was a beautiful fall day, a day that I thought was going to be just like any other…until it turned into a day I will never forget. We spent the afternoon at the Winery at Wolf Creek, right outside of Akron, OH (I went to school at Kent State). It was a nice to get away from the college setting and enjoy time with my man!
Little did I know, Sean had the whole day planned. We arrived at the winery, sampled a few wines, and then got a bottle of our favorite and headed outside. We walked down the hill to a picnic bench under a beautiful, colorful tree. We sat down at the table, had a glass of wine, and enjoyed the autumn scenery. After a while, Sean suggested that we take a walk down the hill towards the lake. When we got to the bottom of the hill, there was another picnic bench by the water. We enjoyed another glass of wine and each other’s company. Sean then started playing music from his phone (ironically it was the song we always said would be our first dance as husband and wife at our wedding). I just laughed and smiled and thought to myself, “Maybe something is about to happen.” But I didn’t think twice. However, Sean started getting antsy and started to walk around nervously. I thought nothing of it and poured myself another glass of wine. As I was taking a sip, Sean touched my back to get my attention. I turned around and he was on one knee! I think I spaced out for a second and couldn’t believe what was happening. Sean was on one kneeing, saying those four words every girl dreams of hearing one day…“Will you marry me?” I was left speechless and shocked, but was able to say “YES!” And once I stopped shaking, I was able to put the beautiful ring on my finger!
It’s been year since we got engaged and there is about a year left until we say “I do”. As I look down at my left hand and see the beautiful ring on my finger, I know how lucky and blessed I am to be spending the rest of my life with the most amazing man.
Describe the engagement shoot.
I love fall and everything about it! Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed about a fall wedding. When we got engaged last year, I knew I wanted a fall-like setting for engagement pictures. With so little time to find a photographer, we decided to just wait until this October (we got engaged in 2014). After looking on my photographer’s website, I saw that she did a previous engagement session at the same spot my fiance and I wanted to take our photos! The red barn, the view, and the rustic fences are what drew me in!