Rachel & Jake’s Magic the Gathering, Anime and Steampunk Engagement Session


Like I mentioned yesterday, with the Comic Con coming up in a few days and due to an influx of awesome geektastic submissions, I thought of  loading up this week with sci-fi/fantasy events and photo shoots. Sound fun? You bet!

Now I’m absolutely thrilled to be kicking things off with this jaw-dropping fantastic engagement session inspired by Magic the Gathering, anime, and steampunk! That’s right, Rachel & Jake managed to combine their eclectic, self-proclaimed nerdy inclinations into one heck of an amazing e-session — complete with DIY weapon props — as you will see in a moment.

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

The BREATHTAKING imagery on this page is courtesy of the talents of TJ Getz of GetzCreative Photography and here’s what he had to say about the shoot:

Rachel and Jake are best, best friends. They are both creative and quirky — Rachel is a serial DIY-er (she’s photographer, designer and has an upcycled clothing business!) and Jake is into anime and steampunk. Their adorable superpowers combined are quite awe inspiring, so it’s no surprise that we had a wealth of inspiration for this offbeat engagement shoot. Many of the shots were inspired by Magic: The Gathering cards — from the orbs to the butterfly wings. Jake deconstructed, rebuilt, and painted nerf guns to create his impressive steampunk weapons. Rachel made Jake’s leather holster. She wanted the shoot to be “intense, but unsaturated” — and we think we hit the nail right on the head. We wanted to shoot in an epic, otherworldly environment, so we chose Pisgah National Forest above Asheville, North Carolina. This is one of our favorite shoots, much different than the typical South Carolina engagement, and we’re very proud of it!

GetzCreative has every right to be proud. I have no words to express how much I LOVE this shoot — from the photography and post-processing to the overall concept to Rachel & Jake’s style — and couldn’t wait to share it here with you. So here we go, please enjoy!

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Such a majestic shot — don’t you agree? And just how adorably in love are these two? They’ve gotten married since the shoot but here’s the lovely Rachel to candidly share the epic story of their love:

Jacob and I met in school on a blind date. We dated for 7 months, and during that time we had a moment where we both just knew we were going to be together forever. But we didn’t know what we’d go through before that was to happen. After 7 months together, we broke up (we were long distance for awhile and we had lots of miscommunication and selfishness on both our parts). I dated someone else for a couple months, but there was an evening that I knew I didn’t want to be with this guy and I knew Jake was the one. So I chased after him. Like an insane person. I kept calling him and texting him and emailing him and sending cookies and letters to his dorm room. To make a long story short, he had prayed that if we were supposed to be back together, I’d have to make the move and in a really big way. And I had felt God wanting me to chase after him. It was a miracle, but we ended back together—how it was meant to be. We dated for another year and a half; we got engaged in downtown Greenville, and got married June 25, 2011. God is good; we are so blessed to have each other. And we’re stronger because of all we went through to be together.

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Are you enjoying all the eye candy? Rachel’s back to tell us about the shoot in her own words:

Jake and I are both nerds at heart. The shoot was inspired by Magic:The Gathering, anime, and steampunk ideas. The glowing orbs, the butterfly wings, and a few of setups of the shots were based off of Magic cards. A lot of the studio shots were inspired by anime, and the whole shoot had a steampunk feel. I wanted the shoot to look as whimsical as Magic cards. I asked TJ to have the photos be saturated, yet unsaturated with color. It’s an oxymoron, but if you look at the photos, he really did get that! I’d interned with TJ one summer, and so I knew what he could push himself to, and I wanted my engagement shoot to just be over the top. And that’s what we got, and we couldn’t be happier. :)

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Magic the Gathering steampunk anime engagement session

Huge thanks to GetzCreative Photography (and Moe!) for sending this spectacular e-session my way, and congratulations Rachel and Jake! (Everyone, please stay tuned because you’ll be seeing more of these lovebirds in the coming weeks. :))

Photography: TJ Getz of GetzCreative Photography
Location: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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  1. Crazy-cool creativity and execution! Love the theme, texture and tone! Awesome.

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