Samantha and Buddy // Engagement Session | Ahern State Park, Laconia, NH

I just loved everything about these two! Samantha and Buddy! From the  first email we shared I knew these guys were awesome and I could not wait to meet them in person ( because the first time we met was actually on Face time!)

When I asked Samantha how the two of them met, I just loved her answer! She said, “Buddy and I met while he was working as a bouncer at a bar I would go to with my friends. He kept telling me that I couldn’t dance with a drink in my hand but I took that as a hint that he must be hitting on me! I tried giving him my number but couldn’t really remember it after a few too many cocktails. Thankfully one of my friends helped me out. I didn’t hear from him for a while but I was planning on moving to Colorado later in the Fall anyways. Two weeks before I was supposed to move I was at that same bar and he came up and talked to me. I told him if my plans and he said, “we have to get a coffee. “ I actually didn’t even drink coffee at the time but said yes anyways! We ended up going out for dinner that Monday and by Wednesday, I told my family I wasn’t moving to Colorado. That was October 2012 and I still believe it was one of my best ( and most rash) decisions of my life.” How sweet is that?! And here they are, planning their July 2019 wedding day!

Samantha and Buddy chose a very special place to them for their engagement session, Ahern State Park. I had never been there but I was excited to see new area’s of NH since It’s really only been 6 months since we moved here. We arrived at a small beach that overlooked this amazing mountain view and Lake Winnisquam. My jaw dropped! It was amazing! I asked them if there was any way to get across to a small rock landing that was visible from the beach to get this crazy awesome wide shot of the view. They said, “thats exactly where we are going.” So we started a small hike, she in heel boots and Buddy in nice dress shoes. (my shoes were not that nice!) but we did it and everyone shoes stayed clean. 🙂 So, anyway, keep reading…. this is the reason why their session location was so special.

When I asked Samantha about their engagement, she said, “we got engaged the Friday of Memorial Day weekend this year! It was the first nice day of Spring and I had the day off from work. buddy decided he wanted to take a half day off too so we could go out for a nice lunch. The night before I was trying to think of places to go but he said he already had reservations at a place that was a secret. I thought it was weird that we needed to make reservations on a Friday afternoon at 2:30pm for lunch but I rolled with it. He came home from work and his hands were so clammy so I thought he definitely had something special going on! He started driving us to the other side of town and as we would pass a restaurant I kept wondering where we were going. Finally he turned onto the dirt road towards Ahern State Park in Laconia. Which happens to be the wooded trails behind my parents house on Lake Winnisquam that I would walk with my Dad and the dogs when I was younger. He walked me up to the point over looking the lake and he had a beautiful picnic with music, Champagne and food from one of our favorite restaurants. He immediately got down on one knee and pooped the question. I think he was too nervous to wait another second!”

This is the exact area ( and in some, the exact spot) he proposed! I just love everything about how special this is and I hope that their images always put a smile on their face when looking at them and remembering back to not just our session together, but that amazing day when “she said Yes!” Buddy and Samantha, I said it when I saw you, and I will say it again, THANK YOU. Thank you for bringing me to this spot! It is so amazing and it was the perfect place to have your engagement session. I can not wait to see you guys again for your wedding day! Here are just a few of my favorites…. and by a few…I mean like… a lot. xo.

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