I had never been to Centerville, NC before this session. In fact, I don’t know that I had ever even heard of the quaint country town until Emily and John mentioned that it was where they wanted to have their engagement session! After looking on a map and realizing it was only an hour from my house, I got very excited because I absolutely love shooting in new places. I missed the turn, because as you can see in the image below – the driveway is long, narrow and secluded – almost hidden from the main road. I took that lovely black and white photograph with the house behind me, facing the road – so you can see how much land you had to cover before arriving.
Upon arrival at this beautiful house, I fell in love. The quietness of the country with no noise, the peaceful countryside, the beautiful big farmhouse, the gardens, the history of the property, and this couple! It was one of those moments where I kept asking myself, “Is this really my job?”
I asked John about the significance of the lovely home, assuming that it was the home he grew up in. I came to find out that this home was his parent’s lifelong project. After inheriting some land in the country, his parents decided to walk the land to see what they would find. They came upon a dilapidated house, and John’s mom fell in love with it. They took an old, abandoned, historic house, (with kitchen detached! Built in the 1800’s,) and over the course of John’s lifetime they turned it into their favorite family hideaway: a vacation home, a holiday home, a getaway. While they didn’t live here permanently, John’s parents have restored this beautiful home to make it a family treasure. Isn’t that such a beautiful story?
More than this home and this place, I fell in love with this couple. A Southern gentleman and a Southern belle, for sure! These two are kind down to the core of who they are. They treated me like family, and they treat one another with such tenderness and kindness. I am so thrilled for their wedding this May!
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