I waited in my car and stalked on Facebook. Not people stalking, but worse. I was on the the Free People Nashville store’s page ( I’m addicted to their clothes, their accessories, their everything. That’s the way to my heart… anything from them and I’ll give you a giant bear hug so hard your eyes will pop out…. I’m not kidding. )
Anyways- so I was stalking and I look up to see this couple walking toward the location where I was set to be shooting that day. She’s cute… I thought to myself. Omg.. I love her skirt. She moseyed along with her beau, their hands intertwined. He had on a cap and matched her well.
I wish I could take a picture of them, I thought as they roamed through the bottom of the treehouse which was entirely empty . I laughed at myself. What a creeper! I can’t help it when I see cute couples enjoying one another.
I arrived an hour early to scout out our spot and had taken a breather in the car while I waited for Diana and Patrick to arrive from Cookeville. They had chosen The Minister’s Treehouse in Crossville, TN as their amazing engagement location, and I had forgotten how much I loved this place. From the seemingly endless rooms to the crazy architecture inside, this is a place to be appreciated. I knew Patrick had been there once before, but Diana had never seen it and I was so looking forward to being with her as she got to experience it for the first time.
She was gonna LOVE it.
I watched as the couple came closer. I squinted my eyes. I took off my sunglasses. Yes! I busted out laughing. The little couple I had been photo eyeing was Diana & Patrick. They had arrived from an opposite way than I expected, and I hopped out of the car with a big smile on my face to greet them. I retold my funny story about eyeing them as potential models. They laughed and looked at one another, seeming pleased that they looked so dapper. And they really did. : )
I couldn’t wait to get started photographing these two. If you’ve been following my blog, you may have read the post where I raved about engagement sessions and why I am such a huge fan of them. They are some of my favorites to get to shoot, most definitely.
We started their session at the bottom and worked our way around this massive structure, photographing along the dirt paths and moss covered trees. The beauty was breathtaking from the beginning, and I could only imagine what the inside would look like on camera with these two.
They laughed and played as though they were on a playground from back in the day. They laughed at the crooked slide, and took turns giving it a spin. They grabbed hands and threw their arms around one another while I switched my memory cards. I caught them in my peripherals at one point. They gazed into each other’s eyes, and I thought This is why I love my job. I get to be around people like this everyday, and I don’t care if you’re Scrooge himself- you can never get sick of this. Being around couples in love is one of the most refreshing things by far… it makes me appreciate all the positivity around.
After getting to explore the grounds below, they changed and we began our inside excursion through the maze of doorways and graffiti. We got lost a couple of times, but had a blast finding our way back out. We enjoyed the beautiful Sunday morning all by our lonesome in this artistically built structure.
If you’ve never been to this spot, you have got to go. For reals. Make it a weekend trip and be prepared to be amazed. You’ll have fun and always remember your own little Saturday or Sunday Funday adventure.
I hope you all enjoy these photos as much as I loved shooting them.