When you start with one lovestruck couple and add in horses, goats, puppies, and even a few llamas, you know it’s going to be a fun day! That’s exactly what we got when I met Ana and Josh for a romantic, countryside engagement session, when we spent two hours exploring and enjoying their scenic farm in Lascassas, Tennessee.
The October day dazzled with blue skies, golden leaves, and spectacular glowing autumn light. Even better, Ana and Josh are as down to earth as it gets. They both have day jobs are tenants on this beautiful middle Tennessee farm farm, where they take care of the property and animals each morning and evening. Farm life is their passion and pride, and it really shows in these beautiful photographs! As we walked around the vast property, Josh shared with me that he could never envision himself living anywhere else.
Ana, Josh and I met briefly a couple of years ago at the wedding of her sister, Maria, at Traveller’s Rest Plantation. Therefore, I was delighted when Ana contacted me about photographing their own upcoming wedding! In truth, there is nothing more rewarding in this business than a referral from a past client, and I was overjoyed to be working with Ana and her family again.
Enjoying country farm life
As a wedding photographer, I have had to learn to come out of my shell quite a bit. Because, at heart, I am a pretty quiet, introverted person! With Ana and Josh, it was so relaxing. We quietly strolled the property, breath in the fresh air without a care in the world. Best of all, the animals on the farm are an important part of their family. So of course, we included their beautiful horse and playful pups! I used to ride horses quite a bit myself, so it was such a treat to walk the fields and nuzzle and breath in those familiar smells again. I am definitely a country girl at heart!
After we enjoyed the farm, Ana and Josh wanted to show me to the place where they first fell in love, near Stones River National Battlefield. We hopped in the car and made it to their favorite trail just moments before the sun would set. The trailhead was near some train tracks, which we planned to walk across. As luck would have it, we were temporarily halted by an oncoming eastbound train! We waited, and waited, and waited. I nervously watched the sun’s rays drop lower and lower, afraid of losing that magic golden glow. Finally, as the last rail car inched along, the caboose came to a dead stop, blocking our way! So we laughed and made the most of it, incorporating the stubborn train into the backdrop for our final shots of the day.
A 2019 wedding
I am so looking forward to Ana and Josh’s wedding next year in Lascassas at the beautiful Jon Haven Farm! I could not ask to work with two nicer, more salt-of-the-earth individuals, who want nothing more than to celebrate life and their love for each other. Enjoy their lovely pictures from our scenic farm engagement session!