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Ming and Dan~ Engaged

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If you are a frequent reader of our blog then you will remember a few months back when we blogged about how excited we were about our 2010 brides. So much creative energy! In particular, we were thrilled about our budding relationship with Ming and Dan. Ming is very outside the box. She is the creator of those awesome decoder Save the Dates. You have to check them out if you missed it before.

We were pumped to travel down to Pounding Mill, Virginia…home of the famous Cuz’s Restaurant, which happens to be Ming’s family restaurant. It was a windy, crisp spring afternoon and we had a day of tromping around in mud ahead of us. It isn’t often when the dress code of the day calls for all parties to sport wellies.

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Everything was kept pretty simple and classic just like Ming and Dan…using the elements around us to provide the framework for the photos. First up was a small creek running behind her parents cabins.

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ryan works for this amazing leather design company, Moore and Giles, as a commercial photographer. He basically has a camera as a third appendage. We own a few of their bags (score!!) and thought we would throw some into the shoot with Ming and Dan. Seemed to fit the rustic nature of the creek. I mean let’s be honest, who doesn’t stand in a creek with wellies on holding beautiful leather bags? Sheesh….

Ming and Dan~ Engaged Teaser

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

We took a little drive up the road to some more family property housing a smattering of dilapidated buildings, a farm houses and a few livestock.

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

This picture amuses me greatly. I think it should be their greatest hits cover.

Ming and Dan~ Engaged Teaser

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Last stop of the day as we were racing the sun was a nice open field.

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan~ Engaged: Pounding Mill, VA

Ming and Dan, I do believe you could add “Chill” as your middle name. The day was so relaxing and fun. Thank you for the amazing dinner at your parents restaurant, I am still salivating over the crab dip….yum! We can’t wait to come back down in August for your backyard shindig of a wedding! It’s going to be awesome.

14 Responses

melanie says:

April 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm

the light in the last few photos is just bananas… gorgeous.

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April 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm

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Kenny says:

April 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I LOVE the shot with the lens flare where they’re almost a complete bokeh! Gorgeous, and well done on all the shots!

Julie Nickerson says:

April 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm

They are so cute!!!!

Sabrena says:

April 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Again and again, gorgeous and original. I love how you guys customize your shoots. No Kellan shoot is exactly like another and that’s what your clients (and admirers) love about you!

Huong says:

April 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Such an uh-dorable couple! Seriously. And that last shot with the blanket radiates with love. Love, love love…

Ellen says:

April 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm

AMAZING! absolutely no props needed here..they made it work! love the simplicity.

Rebecca says:

April 10, 2010 at 6:54 am

I absolutely LOVE these pictures. The old house was a perfect backdrop! You guys are awesome!

Catherine says:

April 10, 2010 at 8:28 am

Love the shots! Particular favorites - the full view under their “greatest hits” and the ones running in the field. What a beautiful couple they are! I wish them a happy, fun-filled life together. Wish they were my friends, too ;-)!

Amanda says:

April 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm

That old house was a really, really cool backdrop! And I love that quilt…
Wishing this cute couple many years of happiness!

sunblewis says:

April 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm

These pictures make me want to frolic in a field with my converse on .. so great :)

Rebecca says:

April 21, 2010 at 4:48 pm

adorable couple and amazing shots!! serious fan of your work:)

Sarah says:

April 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

They are so cute!!!!

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July 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm

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