Russell and Dave describe themselves as opposites who bonded over their shared love of music. Russell is outgoing and free-spirited and Dave is the more reserved and introspective. They met early in 2015 and were engaged by the end of the year. Russell proposed to Dave during a visit to NYC in late December. They are enjoying a long engagement as Dave finishes his doctorate in clinical psychology. Russell works in the pharmacy at a children's hospital. These two share everything together and have established a tiny family with their dog baby Suzie Q (a Chihuahua Miniature Pinscher who makes several appearances below). In keeping with the woodsy vibe for their eventual barn wedding, Russell and Dave wanted their engagement photos to celebrate both their love for each other and for the fall season. Although they live in Louisville, Russell and Dave traveled to meet me locally in Bowling Green, Kentucky after being referred to me by a mutual friend as a candid-driven, LGBT-friendly photographer. The session took place at the historic and magical Lost River Cave. We walked about the park enjoying the foliage, cave walls, fields, and gorgeous blue holes.
Words and photos by Carrie of Sur la Lune Photography
Carrie is the lead photographer of Sur la Lune Photography. Based out of Kentucky but originally from southern California, Carrie considers herself an "accidental wedding photographer." She arrived in the South to pursue her speech and debate career and master's in psychology, teaching herself photography along the way. She is passionate about social justice, body positivity, celebrations of all kinds, and community over competition.