Happy Friday! We are so excited to share today’s Shenandoah Valley sunset engagement session with you. We love an adventurous couple and Ginny and Ben are definitely that. Just look at the incredible mountaintop engagement photos of these two!
Ginny and Ben met in school at the University of Virginia while immersed in the local music and art culture. Ginny was an accomplished Jazz singer and Ben worked for local record labels. For their Charlottesville engagement shoot they explored the UVA campus with their photographer, Steve of An Endless Pursuit. They then went on to hike one of their favorite hikes just outside of Charlottesville at Humpback Rocks to view the sunset overlooking the Shenandoah Valley; Humpback Rocks has amazing 360 degree mountain views. Ginny and Ben used to do the hike in the dark while in school to watch the sunrise together. The incredible location shows off some of the best mountain views on the east coast. Ginny and Ben will be getting married next May at Blue Hill Farm in Northern Virginia. We wish them nothing but the best for their spring wedding!
Tell us your proposal story. One afternoon in December, Ben surprised me with train tickets to New York for the weekend; an “early Christmas present”. I love New York, especially around the holidays, and he told me his parents had “points to burn” at a hotel in the city so it seemed like the perfect stroke of luck! After work on Friday, I was getting our bags together and Ben was making a quick dinner before we left, when he called me downstairs and told me he had another little gift for me.
“It’s small”, he said, “but you might want it for the trip”. He handed me a large gift bag. I opened the bag and inside was… a sweater! It was a nice sweater. I figured it’s cold, okay, the sweater will come in handy on the trip I guess. “Try it on!” he coaxed. I remember thinking fleetingly that was a little strange, but okay.
When I slid my arm into the sweater, it hit something near the cuff. Again, the romantic that I am, I thought maybe it still had one of those magnetic theft prevention things pinned inside (it’s funny how much you can think in half a second), but when I lifted the sleeve to see, it was a ring! Then my mind went blank; when I turned around, he was down on one knee and apparently all I could stammer was “Are we really doing this?!” The rest is a magical blur of phone calls and train rides and a weekend in the NY during the first snow of the season when the whole city seemed to pause and wondering slowly beaming up at the falling flakes. It was pretty wonderful. And turns out, yep, we are really doing this!
Photography Credit: An Endless Pursuit