I have never been to Greece but after shooting Sam and Gary’s Bellingham Boulevard Park engagement photos I kind of felt like I had visited for a brief second. I never thought I’d get a taste of Greece in Bellingham but once you see these sunset photos, you may completely understand.
We started their engagement photos at Lake Padden. Which is a stunning PNW destination with beautiful water, forest, and some small wild life. This location was sentimental for Sam and Gary as they both used to find excuses to see each other there during the very beginning of their relationship. They would intentionally time their evening workouts so that they would literally run into each other. I love learning stories like that, as locations can play a big role in a couple feeling comfortable and connected during a photo session. Needless to say, from the start Sam and Gary were so easy to work with. I think from the photos you can sense that their affection for one another is natural and genuine.
Along for their engagement session was their cuddly dog, Charlie. She is a Boxer and Pitbull mix rescue that has stolen their hearts. I know pitbull mixes can get a bad reputation, but this one is the most lovable and gentle dog I have ever met. Nothing but hugs and kisses from Charlie girl. She plays a very special role in their shared lives so it was only fitting for her to be included in the ‘new family photos’.
Together we finished their shoot on the Bellingham boardwalk. We spent most of the time on a small 10 x 15 boat dock. It was here that we waited for the sun to set on the water. Boats were sailing in the middle of the water and the dramatic mix of colors emerged from sunset.
Sam showed a photo from their trip to Greece that looked nearly identical to what we were witnessing right in front of our eyes. The similarities were striking. So was Sam and Gary’s excitement as they reminisced of their recent European adventures. It was there, just a few months previous that Gary asked Sam to marry him. From our dock in Bellingham, the beautiful orange and yellow sunset over the dark blue water, boats anchored in the distance, and the sound of splashing water on the shore made for a familiar scene as Sam and Gary’s European Engagement trip that had started it all.
Please enjoy Sam and Gary’s Fall Bellingham Boulevard Park Engagement Photos.