Allison and John | Georgetown Engagement

marine blues pants next to open toe heels

There is a special bond among those that love a military man, it is a life that no one else can understand.  The time apart leads to such sweet reunions and there is always the excitement of seeing each other again.  On those days when he is dressed in his blues your heart sings with love and pride.  That love has to be strong and never ending but it is the type of love that Allison and John share.  It is the type of love that gets them through his time away in Basic school right now when they only see each other when she can fly in.

Allison and John met in college, Ball State University and after dating through college John proposed in his blues on Dauphin island the day after Christmas.  This summer they will gather with friends and family to celebrate their love when they are married in Allison’s father’s church back in Indiana.  He will walk her down the aisle and then perform the wedding ceremony for his very own little girl.  I have photographed weddings like this before and the ceremony is always so poignant for the bride and emotional for everyone else attending.  It is truly a moving experience.  I am very envious of their wedding photographer out there because he/she is going to get to capture a gorgeous couple and all the love they will have on their wedding day.  Seriously these two are so adorable I squealed a couple times editing their photos because of the cuteness!

I met Allison and John outside the famous Georgetown Cupcakes where the wait was already 45min and people were in a line that stretched almost a block.  It was also the windiest day we’ve had in a long while, it was the type of wind you could not escape, trust me I tried.  I’m also not very familiar with Georgetown so I just picked a direction and we started walking and finding places to shoot.  Huge props to Allison for enduring the cool temperatures and the wind in a dress and super cute heels for half the session!!  John looked very handsome in his blues and I have to say it is hands down the best looking military uniform out there.  I loved shooting their engagement session, Allison your are gorgeous and so sweet!  John I’m totally on your side when it comes to the dog discussion, I’ve got your back!!  Enjoy your photos!  Don’t forget to check out the slideshow at the end and leave them some love in the comments!  Also vote for your favorite photos under each image, yes you can pick more then one 😉

Outside Georgetown Cupcakes, Marine in dress blues

Marine engagemet session

Girl kissing Marine in Dress Blues Marine whispering in girls ear Reflection of a Marine engagement portrait couple kissing on stairs soft glowy portrait portrait photos of girl and guy couple cudding in front of a blue planter kiss and a dip in georgetown Girl picked up fireman style Couple kissing in Georgetown Washington DC Collage of engagement session girl whispering in guys ear

To see more of Allison & John’s Georgetown, DC engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  • AllisonFebruary 25, 2011 - 7:58 am

    Melissa!! THANK YOU!! You did such a great job 🙂 You wouldn’t know it was so windy looking at the pictures and you captured John’s and my personality so easily. Thanks for everything, you’re the greatest!

  • Anna RebeccaFebruary 25, 2011 - 10:52 am

    Great shots Melissa! What a sweet couple!

  • MichelleFebruary 25, 2011 - 11:14 am

    These are simply stunning. I love them. My best friend is all grown up and looking absolutely gorgeous! I cannot wait to see these two get married! Excellent job Melissa.

  • AdamFebruary 25, 2011 - 11:16 am

    They are really good. I saw Mom in some of them (not in a bad way :)) And i agree, these are your personalities :). You’re pretty but John is hot. See you in a week.

  • Sharon TownsendFebruary 25, 2011 - 1:49 pm

    These are beautiful pictures! Allison and John, I wish you the very best! And Allison, you will be an absolutely gorgeous bride!

  • Kyla StigdonFebruary 25, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    Allison! Your blue dress was THE perfect color to go with John’s dress blue & you looked gorgeous 🙂 I loved all the laughing pictures, they were precious! See you next Friday 🙂

  • MawMaw & GrandaddyFebruary 25, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    We love those pictures; they are beautiful. You are so beautiful and John is so handsome. Grandaddy was in tears watching them. Thank you for sending them and we can’t wait to see you next Friday.

  • Christina MooreFebruary 25, 2011 - 8:40 pm

    I don’t know this young couple but I can see the love in her smile & Melissa captured it perfectly! Wishing you both nothing but happiness & Melissa keep up the great work! Next time though, don’t wait 45 min. in line at Georgetown Cupcakes. 😉

  • melissaFebruary 25, 2011 - 8:46 pm

    Don’t worry Christina we decided to skip the cupcakes with that line 🙂

  • David & Jackie HoffmanFebruary 26, 2011 - 12:06 am

    Grandma and Grandpa- Melissa, You did a great job, beautiful pictures of beautiful people. However, John did not comb his hair before the pictures, okay, so his hair is a little short. We are very proud of you both. May the happiness reflected in these pictures be with you always.

  • Pam RauberFebruary 26, 2011 - 8:52 am

    Obviously John it is a privilege to wear the uniform but I must admit, the smiles get bigger with casual wear. Allison,no doubt you will make a beautiful bride. Melissa, as usual you show the fun in every couple.

  • Morgan OtteFebruary 26, 2011 - 5:25 pm

    These pictures are gorgeous! And sorry Adam, but I’m going to have to say Allison is the hot one, while John is pretty 🙂 I can’t wait to be a part of your special day so very soon!!! Great job Melissa!

  • John SnyderFebruary 26, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    Thanks again Melissa, these are awesome. I hope time is flying by for you and you have a happy homecoming.

  • William CarneyFebruary 27, 2011 - 1:04 pm

    The pictures are great. Hope you have a great life together.
    See you at Mardi Gras or at the river.

    Shirley and Bill

  • Diane SiskFebruary 27, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    Allison – Loved the pictures! What a beautiful young woman you have become (yes you do look like your mom!) I am sooo happy and excited for you both! I pray God will continue to bless you as you prepare for this joyous time! Love ya!

  • Leslie SnyderFebruary 27, 2011 - 9:46 pm

    great Photos!! and great kids!! Allison, the dress color was perfect with John’s dress blues. Love you guys. Miss you John. MOM

  • Donna & Brad HoffmanFebruary 27, 2011 - 11:30 pm

    Melissa did a great job capturing the happiness of your engagement. May your love for each other forever grow! We send our love and pray that Christ give you strength to overcome any and all hurdles this world might place in your path.

  • Olivier MalcorMarch 1, 2011 - 3:03 am

    Amazing set of photos, I really like the 4th from last 🙂

  • Stunning photos! They look like a very lovely couple.

  • Denver Wedding Photographer | Eli PowellMarch 6, 2011 - 2:12 pm

    Cute! What a nice looking couple. Love the light hearted feel of this set!

  • Aunt CarminMarch 9, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    Ohhhh congratulations! Great photos. My favorite – John in uniform and Allison kissing him on the cheek. Our love to you!

  • Aunt CarminMarch 9, 2011 - 7:21 pm

    Oh my gosh – just found the slideshow! Awesome. It made me cry. Love all the photos.

  • Mom and DadMarch 17, 2011 - 9:35 pm

    These are beautiful pictures that make us smile! We are happy for the two of you, bringing back many memories 🙂 God bless you both as you prepare to be husband and wife.

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