Jonathan & Stephanie | Engagement at the Umstead Hotel

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Jonathan & Stephanie after a whirlwind meeting, signing and scheduling.  My memory may be a bit fuzzy here but we literally scheduled the engagement session at the Umstead Hotel the day after they signed up with me as their wedding photographer and we shot it in less then 5 days afterwards.  In my years as a Raleigh Engagement Photographer, I have never turned a couple around so quickly.  I think I actually like it so I will be pushing to shoot engagement sessions more quickly in the future.

Now I have photographed many Umstead Hotel weddings and other events over the past few years and while it is one of my favorite places to photograph, I have never shot an engagement session there previously.  This was an epiphany of sorts when Jonathon and Stephanie asked me about places to shoot.  The rest, as you can say, is history!  We were given access to the hotel, lake & pool areas and with cloudy skies above, we were all alone with the exception of their pooch who made a brief appearance with us down by the water.

After the rain started threatening we decided to have a quick clothing change and then move closer to indoors should the rain decide to make an appearance.  The Umstead Hotel has so many beautiful places to work in that it doesn’t matter if we are inside or outside… the photos are beautiful!  I hope you enjoy a few photos from the session below.

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