Alex + Michael // Roan Mountain State Park
Alex and Michael are two of the sweetest souls I have ever met. They have been together for about 6 years, yet somehow it seems as if they’ve been together forever. They move together without thinking about it, subconsciously considering the other’s position with every step. At times they seem to communicate with only looks and somehow find the other’s hand without having to search. It seems effortless. They just fit.
On a surprisingly mild February day we drove up to Roan Mountain on the Tennessee - North Carolina border for their engagement session. I have been up to Roan countless times, but this time was different. The winding road up to Carver’s Gap was so incredibly foggy that visibility was less than half a mile. I had never had such a hard time getting up the mountain and I feared we’d have to reschedule their session. To my amazement, as soon as you rounded the last hill to the parking area at the bottom of Carver’s Gap, the fog completely disappeared only rolling at the mountain peaks.
Alex and Michael brought their dog Oliver along and Michael’s sweet mama, Lisa, came to help out. We had a few moments of unobstructed view and then the fog rolled back in again. By this point, you probably all know I have a love affair with fog. I secretly wish for fog when I have a mountain session. This foggy day did not disappoint y’all. The view from Round Bald was completely occluded by the time we hiked up, but it was still beautiful in it’s own right. Alex and Michael had such a great attitude through the whole session. We talked about their pasts and dreamed about their future. They laughed and snuggled against the wind while Oliver happily pranced through the grass searching for sticks.
When we hiked back down to Carver’s gap for an outfit change, I spoke with Michael’s mom, Lisa, about her excitement for Alex to join the family officially. She smiled sweetly at Alex and showered her with compliments. “Your hair and makeup look just perfect, Alex. You look so beautiful”, she gushed. While Alex and Michael were fearlessly changing outfits in their car, Lisa looked at me with kind eyes, motioned toward the car Alex was in, and said “She feels like my own.” You can tell that Lisa has felt a motherly bond to Alex for a long time already. She fits in their family as if she’s always been there.
I asked Michael if he was going to cry on their wedding day and he vehemently confirmed, “oh yeah, I’m going to cry”.
Alex and Michael, Thank you for welcoming me into your lives and allowing me to document this special time in your lives. I can’t wait to photograph your wedding this October! Congratulations!