a sunshine kind of love / by Jenn Alford

 

Matt + Sam and I shot together a few weeks ago in the chilliness of spring. Now, with almost exactly a year to go until their wedding date, we found new magic in the golden hour and the greenery of growing summer.

This shoot was really special to me--we hadn't been planning on taking any photos and few things were aligning for it. My camera's battery was barely charged and blinking red; I had my bird on my shoulder nibbling at my camera strap; Sam asked with sparkling laughter if I could Photoshop a stain off of her shirt. But suddenly, a ray of yellow sunlight lit the garden around us.

"Let's take a flower walk?" I suggested, and Sam gleefully began describing the blooms around us that would in a mere year be of the same patch that would liven the centerpieces at her wedding.

"We don't have eucalyptus, so we'll just use sage," Sam informs me before surprising her fiancee with a trust-fall, hurdling them both into mischievous laughter. Their new puppy, Luca, is excited at the commotion and all but hops into her mother's arms, while the older pup, Chloe, looks on wisely.