lakeland engagement: katie + andy

There are some people in this world that you become best friends with immediately. And you don’t know if it’s because your souls are just cut from the same cloth, or because of fate, or because they seem to get all of the random references you thought were things only you knew about (Spongetta, anyone?) For us, these people are Katie and Andy.  We met these two in such a random chance encounter last year when we went to Savannah to photograph Emily + Brent’s stunning Savannah engagement, and when the six of us went to dinner afterwards our life was changed. From the instant we met them there was no awkward first meeting talk or random get to know you questions, it was just like getting together with friends we hadn’t seen in the longest time. So of course when Andy proposed to Katie (which is the cutest story ever involving him hiding the ring in a new dress…how good is this guy?!) we were BEYOND stoked that they asked us to be their photographers. I mean REALLY stoked.

The two of them travelled from Savannah to have their session in Lakeland where they both grew up (did I mention they have known each other FOREVER?! I know, it’s getting cuter) and we had the best time playing with their pups and exploring everything that makes Lakeland special to them. The historic feeling neighborhoods, swan filled lakes, and super cute Main Street gave the entire session a really cute hometown feel. Going through these I found my eyes getting teary, because there is just so, so much happiness and love between the two of them. And knowing it was all documented in a place that means something to them? Even better.

Katie + Andy, there are absolutely no words to tell you two how much we adore you! (Well there are, but then this would start to feel like a creepy love letter full of prose and bad similes, and we don’t want to embarrass ourselves ; )

Thank you two for such an amazing day (and to mom + dad Carey for the best dinner of our lives!) We can’t wait for the big day in October, and you know we will be up for a visit in Savannah before that!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben



  1. Emily Elizabeth says:

    I LOVE ALL OF THEM! I already know which ones I want a copy of! I can’t wait to see the rest! Sarah and Ben you guys are BOMB!! Lots of Love Brent, Emily and Hazel.

  2. Gwen Carey says:

    These are Amazing!! Just like the two of you!! We sooo enjoyed dinner and getting to know you both !!

  3. Stephanie Hodges says:

    These are adorable!!! Love them and you guys!

  4. Lynn Hunt says:

    Just too beautiful, you are truly meant to be together. Love to all

  5. Krisha Gentsch says:

    Wow! Great photos! I’m so happy for you two, Katie & Andy! Congrats!! ~Krisha

  6. Jim Carey says:

    Such a great day. Ben and Sarah, so nice meeting you both, and spending time together. Thanks for your incredible talent and making this day so special for all of us. Andy, we could not be prouder to welcome you to our family. You’re truly a special soul, and our daughter is truly blessed to be able to share her life with a man like you. We can’t wait to see all of you at the wedding in October. Be blessed.

  7. Kelly Joyce says:

    Perfect!! Love you guys 🙂

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