Mandy + Marcus – An Ocoee River Engagement – BraskaJennea Photography


Mandy and Marcus will say “I Do” in a little over 24 hours. Recently we headed up the Ocoee River to capture their engagement session…along with Mandy’s 1979 Little Red Corvette. May Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” be stuck in your brain now too 😉

They met at a basketball outreach camp, and the rest, as they say, is history! They are both great lovers of the mission field, and seem to love anything active from ultimate frisbee to hiking.

We started at the Whitewater Center, the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic’s Whitewater events. The water was low, and the rocks took on a stunning appearance in the sunset glow. When working out the location for their session “We’re outdoorsy people” had me at hello!

I always assumed after the rafting season ended, the rapids stopped flowing, the temps dropped, and the water was lowered to a slow trickle, that the Ocoee became lifeless…I found this to be the opposite the evening of our session.

It took on a new kind of beauty. The kind that let the character of the rocks finally be revealed. The smooth curves, dips, and holes that are usually covered by rushing water were on full display for these two school teacher’s engagement portraits.

As the sun sank low watching these two hop on rocks, nuzzle, and just enjoying the marvelous beauty before us was easy. It’s easy to see how much they love each other…they literally couldn’t stop smiling…especially when “serious face” time came around.

After a clothing change, which gave me the perfect opportunity to shoot Mandy’s STUNNING engagement ring on the fender of her sweeeet Corvette, we headed up to Chilhowee to soak up the sinking sun from the overlook.

We missed it, but what God had in store was soooo much better. The post sunset colors mixed with the mountains in the distance created the most breathtaking backdrop for the Corvette Portraits portion of the evening.

Like something out of a movie these two just fit together. I stretched my new off camera flash skills, and this natural light photographer found a new love…though my favorite image was lit solely by the ‘Vette’s headlights resulting in the most stunning sunset silhouette I’ve ever captured.

A perfect ending to a perfect session. Congratulations Mandy and Marcus! I cannot wait for tomorrow to capture you as Mr. and Mrs!
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