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Gati Ice Cream & Mckinney Falls Engagement Photos


Love at Gati Ice Cream and McKinney Falls

Engagement sessions are all about celebrating love, capturing memories, and having fun. Recently, I had the joy of photographing Melanie and Darian, an incredibly sweet and playful couple, at two beautiful locations: Gati Ice Cream Shop and McKinney Falls State Park. This session perfectly highlighted their unique love story and showcased their vibrant personalities.

Melanie and Darian’s Love Story

Melanie and Darian’s engagement session was divided into two parts, each reflecting different aspects of their relationship.

Gati Ice Cream Shop

We started the session at Gati Ice Cream Shop, a charming spot known for its gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan treats. This was an ideal location for Melanie, who follows a gluten-free diet. The ice cream shop provided a fun and playful backdrop for the first half of their session. Melanie’s smile was contagious, lighting up the entire shop, while Darian couldn’t take his eyes off her, his adoration clear in every glance.

They shared scoops of colorful ice cream, laughed over shared stories, and playfully fed each other spoonfuls. The vibrant, whimsical atmosphere of Gati Ice Cream Shop perfectly captured their joyful, carefree love.

McKinney Falls State Park

As the sun began to set, we moved to McKinney Falls State Park for some golden hour magic. This stunning location was the perfect contrast to the playful energy of the ice cream shop, allowing us to capture the more serene and genuine side of their love story.

Walking hand-in-hand through the park, Melanie and Darian shared quiet moments of connection that made for heartfelt images. The golden light washing them in a sweet glow as they made their way around the waterfall and over the white-capped rocks.

Their love for nature and each other was evident as they explored the park, culminating in a breathtaking series of images for their engagement session.

Thinking About Engagement Photos at Mckinney Falls? Here’s a Few Tips!

Planning an engagement session at McKinney Falls State Park? Here are some tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience:

  1. Entry Fee: There is a $5 entry fee per person, so be sure to bring cash or a card!
  2. Comfy Shoes: The park is expansive, and you may need to walk a bit to find the perfect spot. Bring an extra pair of comfortable walking shoes to trek into the park.
  3. Towel: If you’re feeling adventurous and want to wade into the water for some sunset shots, bring a towel to dry your feet off afterward.
  4. Timing: Golden hour (the hour before sunset) is the best time for stunning, warm lighting. Plan your session accordingly to take advantage of this beautiful natural light.
  5. Stay Hydrated: Bring water to stay hydrated, especially if you’re visiting during warmer months.

Making the Most of Your Engagement Session

Melanie and Darian’s engagement session was a perfect blend of fun, playfulness, and genuine connection. By choosing locations that reflected their personalities and love story, we were able to capture images that are not only beautiful but also deeply meaningful.

If you’re planning your engagement photos, consider what locations and activities best represent your relationship. Whether it’s a favorite café, a beloved park, or a unique spot that holds special meaning for you, choosing a location that feels authentic to your love story will make your photos all the more special.

Book Your Engagement Session Today

Ready to capture your unique love story? Let’s create beautiful, lasting memories together. Contact me, (click here) today to schedule your engagement session and let’s start planning your perfect shoot.

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Imagery by Allie Goodspeed Photo