Romantic Savannah Engagement Session

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Jordan and Alaina grew up in neighboring Florida cities, but never met until they both started school at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Six years later, they are Nashville Wedding Photographers and engaged to be married off the coast of Iceland! The adorable duo met Kati of Kati Rosado Photography in Savannah for a charming engagement session we instantly fell in love with. 

Tell us how Jordan proposed! I should make one note before I tell you how Jordan proposed! So 2 years ago, around Christmas when it came time to put up the tree, I had told Jordan I found a couple Christmas tree farms nearby us where you can go and pick out your own tree and cut it down, and how cute I thought that would be to do together! Jordan expressed his dislike for that idea (mostly because he knew he’d be the one to have to cut it down, and do all the heavy lifting) and suggested we just go buy our own pre-cut tree from a store, which we ended up doing. 

Fast forward to last November, it was the Friday after Thanksgiving, Jordan told me that he had made me an appointment that day to get a pedicure, massage, and manicure. He told me what time and where it was, and sent me on my way! Since this is not an everyday occurrence, I immediately thought, oh my gosh, this is it! He’s going to propose today!! After I got back from my spa treatments, we went and had a nice, low-key lunch together, and then came back home. When I asked him what else he had planned that day and he said not much, I figured maybe I had jumped the gun and he wasn’t going to propose just yet. Since we are wedding photographers and had plenty of editing to do at the time, I decided to go upstairs and catch up on our work. This was probably perfect for Jordan because during the few hours I was in the office, he was out on our patio setting up and building things to create the perfect setting for a romantic dinner! He had bought a few new plants to decorate our patio with, strung up those cute cafe lights, put our record player outside next to the bistro table and chairs, set up the table for dinner, lit a fire in our chimney, and then came upstairs to get me. When I walked out onto the patio, the lights were dimmed, the fire was going, there were candles lining our deck, and Frank Sinatra was playing on the record player! It was adorable, romantic, and I was amazed that he put all of this together without me even realizing it! We sat down and had a delicious dinner together, and the entire time I was thinking to myself, “When is he going to ask me?” I had even texted my soon to be sister-in-law saying I thought this was it, he was going to propose! Well, much to my surprise (and everyone else’s) he didn’t propose that night! 

The next day, I woke up and Jordan told me to get ready, that we were going to get lunch together and then he was taking me somewhere after, but wouldn’t say where. After lunch, we got in the car and started driving. It felt like we were in the car for an hour (it was probably 30 minutes, but I’m sure my anxiousness made it feel longer than it was!) I had no idea where we were going, all I knew was that we had never been in this area/direction before. I only knew where we were going when we drove past a sign that said “Country Cove Christmas Tree Farm” with an arrow pointing down a road! I immediately looked over at Jordan with what I’m sure was the goofiest smile of all time! How sweet he was to remember that the year before I had wanted to go cut down our own tree, and now we were on our way to do that! When we got to the farm, we started to look for our perfect tree, and during this search, a million thoughts were racing through my mind…is this when he’ll propose? Does he have the tree picked out already? Does he have a setup somewhere that I’ll stumble upon? When is he going to propose? How is he going to do it? When we found a tree that we loved, that’s when Jordan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!

Jordan is normally so eloquent when he speaks and writes, but since he was so nervous he was jumbling through his words! It was the most romantic, sweetest thing ever to see him so nervous after being together for 5 years! After the initial excitement died down, we face-timed with family to share the wonderful news, and then cut down our first tree together. We spent the rest of the day decorating our Christmas tree, putting up more decor around the house, and then cuddled up by the fireplace that evening. It was a perfectly romantic, intimate day! I love that every year from now when we continue the tradition of cutting down our Christmas tree, we can reminisce on the day he proposed, and it will be that much more special to us. I’m also so excited that I’ll be able to share this story with our children one day, when we continue the tradition with them!

So sweet! What made you decide to take your engagement photos in Savannah? A while back when we had discussed where we'd do our engagement session with Kati, we brought up the idea of Nashville but we were never set on that idea. Kati was the one to bring up the idea of Savannah, which is only about an 8 hour drive from us! We loved the idea and knew she would capture beautiful images of us there. Savannah is such a picturesque town and we love all of the older, historical buildings, the lighter colors, the character, and the beautiful trees everywhere! We were planning to be in South Carolina for a wedding photography workshop in February, which Kati was originally planning to attend too. We thought it would be perfect to do it that weekend while we were both in the same area. It ended up not working out for Kati to attend the workshop, but she offered to still come up while we were in SC and do the engagement session. She's the sweetest!

I know most couples have their engagement photos taken in their hometown or somewhere that has meaning to them, and as much as we love Nashville, we didn't feel like we HAD to take our photos here. One of the biggest priorities for our wedding is the photography, so wherever we feel will get us the most beautiful photos, that's where we'll go! And Savannah did not disappoint!

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Savannah Wedding Vendors: Photography: Kati Rosado Photography