Today’s engagement session is not just beautiful… it’s kind of important. For two reasons. One of those reasons has to do with photography (obvs.), the other has to do with romance at the office.
I was so excited when Kelly Dillon sent this shoot my way. First of all, it’s pretty freaking gorgeous. Let me count the ways: I heart ring shots, and it’s got ring shots. I heart pretty little white dresses, and it’s got one of those, too. It’s got a seriously in love couple, and, well, that’s the most stellar thing about this shoot, imho. Seriously in love couples = the most stellar thing about ALL SHOOTS, if you ask me. What’s better than frozen love? Still shots of emotion are one of the best parts of my job, and adding in all the pretty pretty prettiness just makes it that much more delicious to ingest.
Ok, so – one reason this shoot is kind of important is this: Kelly Dillon does a remarkable job with black and white photography. I adore that she sent me what was essentially a color batch, and a black and white batch. As I’ve mentioned in the past, wedding blogs tend to shy away from featuring black and white, because they aren’t eye-catching enough. And it does make sense, in a lot of ways. But I happen to be a GINORMOUS fan of black and white photography. Firstly – and brides, take note – b&w photography is the most forgiving type of photography you could ask for. Worried about how you’ll look in your close ups? Solution: black and white photos. You’ll see. Secondly, black and white prints have a way of lending something so timeless and romantic to photographs, it’s beyond description. I’ve peppered in quite a few b&w photos in this post; take a look at them in comparison to their color counterparts. Do you love both? Or do you have a personal preference?
Ok, now onto the next, more pressing topic… the topic I’d really like you to weigh in on.
As you’ll read in Kelly’s write-up on Jen and Samer, the two lovebirds met at the office. This is an alarming concept, and immediately brings to mind thoughts of inevitable heartbreak and 9-5 awkwardness… once the two of you ultimately break up. It’s painful, and it sucks. It’s how most office relationships end. I know, because I have several friends who’ve experienced it. This shouldn’t be surprising, though, because if you think about it, most people spend the majority of their lives IN THE OFFICE. It’s a fact. And if you work as hard as most people do these days (which is TOO HARD, in my opinion), well then you’re spending a disproportionate amount of time in the workplace, at the expense of your personal life. What’s a person to do?
That’s how it starts. And both participants typically start off with the best of intentions, I’m sure of it; no one deliberately enters a romantic relationship with a coworker hoping that it will, one day, result in making his/her place of work the interpersonal nightmare to end all interpersonal nightmares. But, more often than not, this is what happens.
So, before we get into the gorgeous imagery of what is a fairly rare but incredibly inspiring successful office love story, I want to ask you a burning question:
What do you think of dating people at work?
Let’s have a real conversation about this in the comments. I’ll be joining in.
Here’s some background on this gorgeous couple, from Kelly:
Jen stood out for many different reasons. Samer took a liking to her the minute she showed up in the cubical closest to his office. It was fate. Love at first sight.
Years went by, and Samer watched. Patiently, from a distance. Jen’s good looks lured me in, but her tender heart and sense of humor made me quickly realize she was the one.
These two are romantic, fun and adventurous. Together.
After their first date at 28 Degrees in Boston’s South End, they were smitten. They’ve been together ever since and are now planning their fabulous wedding at the Boston Public Library. I’m honored to work with such a special couple and I’m incredibly excited for what’s in store this May!
Ok, it’s time to get the gears moving on this office romance discussion. Would you be willing to date someone at work? Have you? If so, how did it go? Are you, or is someone you know, living happily ever after with his/her coworker turned life partner? Maybe you tried the whole office romance thing, but it didn’t work out and you still work together. If that’s the case, do you regret it?
Chime in below, and I’ll jump in shortly. Let’s have a real discussion about this.
xoxo! – Alison