High winds may have wanted to threaten John Colaneri and Jenn Walker’s engagement shoot, but the future Mr. and Mrs. looked absolutely gorgeous at some of my favorite spots in Newport, Rhode Island. Their chemistry was on full display, which makes my job seem effortless.

When I booked their weekend, I actually didn’t know whose wedding I would be shooting. I met the bride-to-be’s parents first, Mr. and Mrs. Walker, and they were so wonderful and thrilled about their daughter’s impending nuptials, I couldn’t wait to meet the bride and groom.  Later on I found out the groom was the co-host of a few of my favorite HGTV shows including Kitchen Cousins and Cousins On Call (too many shows to list them all). Now, I’m the first to admit I am a bit of an HGTV addict.  I have a penchant for home shows.  I fantasize about someone remodeling my basement, crashing my yard and color splashing my world.  But the reality for this girl is, it is never as sexy as the process depicted on TV.  I get the contractor with the bad plumber’s crack handing me a bill. LOL. But a girl can dream and watch her HGTV.  So needless to say, I was excited about booking this gig.

Meeting John and Jenn for the first time at our engagement shoot, I could instantly see their dynamic connection. They were so comfortable with one another and had such fantastic energy, I was able to photograph beautiful shot after beautiful shot with Newport’s picturesque scenery in the background. I absolutely love this shot of John and Jenn at Castle Hill Lighthouse. Jenn, holy stripes Batman! I never had a teacher who looked as stunning as you! You rocked that mini dress – not too many women dare to wear horizontal stripes. LOL.

Given John’s profession, I asked if he had a tool in is car that we could write their wedding date on. I strive to personalize each engagement session by utilizing some element that relates to the couple so I thought it would be fun to incorporate a tool of John’s trade. Thinking he’d pull out a hammer, I almost fell over laughing when I saw the “Enforcer,” a tool he uses for demolition. Perfect! It looked like a “weapon of mass destruction” to me.  We wrote down their wedding date and I snapped this shot of John and Jenn. Something tells me nothing is going to get in this couple’s way!

John and Jenn, thank you so much for taking time out between school, wedding planning and filming to join me in Newport for your engagement session. Not only did I have a blast, I was really impressed with how down-to-earth you both were as well as how you perfectly complimented each other. I’m looking forward to being a part of one of the most memorable days of your lives together – so let the countdown begin!


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