Rebecca & Mladen: Shenandoah National Park Engagement Session | Virginia Adventure Photographer

March 28, 2018

If I could spend every day photographing couples on the coast or up in the mountains, I would. Now, a Shenandoah National Park engagement session?

Yes. Please.

Rebecca and Mladen are the first couple I’ve had the honor of doing a Shenandoah National Park engagement session up on Skyline Drive, and from there, I’ve been completely obsessed. However, I have to say, that despite the fact that I could talk to you about Shenandoah National Park all day long, I’m more excited to share their story. You see, with every couple comes a story. His side and her side. Typically I get to hear her side when I’m asking questions, but in this case? I heard both.

And it was BEYOND hilarious. And incredibly sweet.

So, instead of writing my take on Rebecca and Mladen, I’m going to just share what they wrote for me about how they met. I think it pretty much sums up how awesome the two of them are.

How We Met

Rebecca’s side: We met on Bumble, and we had our first date at Ted’s Bulletin. He was dealing with over-exhaustion from a Krav Maga belt testing, but he still made the trip. Despite him pretty much shaking from dehydration and barely able to move, I agreed to a second date.

I love that Mladen remembers the little things that I like and will surprise me in ways that make me feel like my soul is cared for. I love that he brings out my truest self and encourages me to be brave and bold. He is my strongest support and provides for me in ways I didn’t realize I needed. One thing I really love about Mladen’s personality is that he can start a conversation with anyone and make them feel like they’re the most important person in the room. He is definitely the extrovert in this relationship!

Mladen’s side: After breaking up an illegal weapons trafficking ring in Africa and arresting five of the world’s most wanted criminals, my comrades and I went to a local bar, Makumba, to celebrate. As we were having a few drinks, some of the remaining rebels attacked the local police, and the town broke out into a fire fight. As the crowd began to panic, I waited to finish my drink before getting up. I downed my whiskey as I looked over, and time almost slowed down to a halt as I saw an angel calmly and effectively gathering the orphans and guiding them into the shelter. BAM! I snapped back into the reality as rounds hit the facade of the bar where I was enjoying my fermented grain beverage. My buddies and I sprung into action and snuffed out the rebels. High fives were flying all around, but all I could think of was the beautiful brunette angel who stole my glance along with my heart back at Makumba. I rushed to her and asked her out to dinner at a local restaurant which is operating under the code name of Ted’s Bulletin. Despite my dehydration and over-exhaustion from the active day, she agreed to a second date.

From a superficial standpoint, what absolutely drew me into Rebecca were her smiling eyes. Behind them, is a beautiful little world filled with overflowing joy and wander, and the sweetest soul I’ve ever known. Rebecca brought the man out of me I never knew existed. The love, care, and support she extends towards me has encouraged my love to wander into places it’s never been before, creating an unprecedented joy in my life. She truly makes my life so sweet. Above all things, Rebecca’s love for God has helped me build a true relationship with Christ. If I could title the last year of my life, I’d title it “Falling in love with God and a Girl”.

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So, do you love ’em as much as I do yet?! In case you’re crazy, haha, after the photos of their Shenandoah National Park engagement session, you better be. 😉 And guess what?

They get married this weekend!!!!

So, wish them some love, will ya?

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  1. Katy Weaver

    March 28th, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Oh wow, these colors!! Shenandoah national park looks like the perfect place for a Virginia adventure session and I loved reading their stories – SO FUNNY! Beautiful work!

  2. Sara whittaker

    March 28th, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Wow Iv never been to shenahdoah national park. you killed this adventure session. so pretty

  3. Andrew May

    March 28th, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Beautiful website homie, and what a gorgeous Virginia adventure session. Keep killin’ it!!

  4. Justyna E Butler

    March 28th, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Oh!! What an incredible Elopement!! The couple, love and connection captured…jaw dropping!

  5. Randi Kreckman

    March 28th, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    What a beautiful Shenahdoah National Park adventure session!! You have so much variety in these and they’re all so beautiful.

  6. Zoe

    March 28th, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    There needs to be more elopements on the east coast! As a fellow east coaster I appreciate the beauty Virginia has to offer. This adventure session looks like fun!

  7. Alyssa Reinhold

    March 28th, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    These are STUNNING!!! I love her dress!! What a fun Virginia adventure session!

  8. Jessica

    March 28th, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Awww this Shenandoah National Park engagement is lovely! Especially when she changes into the red dress! I’m sure their wedding is going to be amazing!!

  9. sydney

    March 29th, 2018 at 7:50 am

    These photos are so clean and sweet! What a fun Virginia adventure session!

  10. Malachi

    March 29th, 2018 at 8:49 am

    I’ve never been to Shenandoah National Park but these views are beautiful! I especially love the fall colors & tones. Congrats to these two on their engagement!

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