Ashley & Ryan { Downtown Charleston Engagement }

Shannon recently had a wonderful experience photographing some downtown Charleston engagement portraits and we’re excited to share our favorites with you today! Ashley and Ryan are college sweethearts who met in Omaha, Nebraska and have spent the last year apart while Ashley pursues her graduate degree. Ryan serves as a naval dentist in Charleston and the couple couldn’t imagine having their engagement portraits taken anywhere else! As outdoor enthusiasts, the duo were up for anything and Shannon made sure to capture the beauty of Charleston while also bringing out the playful and romantic sides of our beautiful couple.

From the beginning, the connection between Ryan and Ashley was tangible. He wrapped his arms around her for some portraits against a worn grey wall and the smile on her face says it all. They never stopped smiling at one another and the portraits of them strolling down the sidewalk are simply lovely. We adore Ashley’s ensemble – a textured, bright orange sundress complimented by t-strap flat sandals. It was perfect for the early Spring portraits and added a splash of color that brought out the blue in Ryan’s seasonal shorts. The portrait of the two of them against the blue wall is particularly striking as the orange in Ashley’s dress pops brilliantly with the subdued blue. Ryan’s look would be perfect anywhere in Charleston, especially on the water like the final portrait in our series, a sweet kiss on the Battery with the Harbor stretching out in front of them.

Ashley and Ryan prove that long distance relationships, while difficult, are possible and we’re incredibly happy for them as they move forward together! Congratulations you two!

Photographer: Shannon | Editor: Emily