Amy & Matt’s 50s-themed E-session in a Retro Diner (plus a 1920s Roadster)


50s retro diner e-session

At the beginning of their relationship, Amy and Matt had a romantic date at Grind House Killer Burgers so they wanted to return there for their e-session. To match the diner’s retro interiors the couple dressed up ’50s style and even threw a vintage 1920s car into the mix.

We have the talents of Bri McDaniel Photography to thank for this fun submission . Enjoy!

50s retro diner e-session

50s retro diner e-session

50s retro diner e-session

About the couple + how they met, in the lovely Amy’s own words:

About two years ago, Matt and I were chatting on a dating website, and after only a few hours of flirting and fun conversation, he invited me out to dinner and drinks for a Friday evening. It was quite a long first date, as first dates where two people have a strong connection tend to be. We started at Ru Sans, where he showed me a sampling of his art on his phone, and I learned he was a graduate of UGA and a graphic artist. I was blown away by his talent and his smile was magnetic. Matt was impressed by my theatre background and my sassy tone and charming confidence (thanks theatre degree!) After dinner, we headed over to Grind House Burgers where Matt held my hands for the first time while we sat on the bar stools…and the “sparks” flew.

50s retro diner e-session

Over the next few weeks–time seemed to go by quickly and slowly–we fell in love! I feel like I could not have asked for a more wonderful partnership. Matt has helped me survive and complete my Master’s program at Mercer University in Early Childhood Education and continues to encourage me to pursue my love of drama,–which is perfect, because I love teaching children theatre. We enjoy local food, especially the flare of “Farm to Table” in Marietta (our stomping grounds). Matt and I spend our time watching TV, completing household projects, exploring antique stores and exercising. Matt has a knack for wood and has built our dining room table, coffee table, and his prized project, “a magnetic knife block.” I’m always finding ideas on Pinterest…which keeps this creative couple busy.

50s retro diner e-session

For my 30th birthday, Matt arranged for us to go to “Dad’s Garage” for an improv play, which, of course, Matt knew was right up my alley. Well…with front row seats, and my mention (threat) to him that I “better be engaged” by my 30th birthday, I hoped something might be up. By the middle of the first act, the actors brought Matt and me on stage. After we danced the Macarena with the cast, Matt got down on one knee.

I was pleasantly shocked. My first words when I saw the ring were, “Thank you!” and with the audience laughing and clapping, Matt asked, “Will you marry me?” And, of course, I said, “Yes.” My “thank you” response was a big hit the rest of the evening for the improv actors and the audience, and they kept using it as a line in their sketches; however, any feelings of embarrassment were squashed away by my feelings of joy–and at least my initial response makes for a good story!

50s retro diner e-session

50s retro diner e-session

50s retro diner e-session

Amy, on their e-session:

For our engagement photos, I wanted to capture our “first date” and also my love of vintage.

Bri McDaniel, our photographer, was the window into the past. She truly helped us capture the 1950s diner feel, along with a vintage car, twisting together a modern, yet classic, romantic story.

Susan of, Susan Gramling Artistry, did my flawless make-up and pin-up hair style. Red highlighted my belt, hair clip and the cherry on top of the milkshake…my lips were the biggest hit. Matt said he couldn’t keep his eyes off me. We were so comfortable with Bri and Susan, it was the perfect trio.

50s retro diner e-session

50s retro diner e-session

The day started at Grind House…where we shared a peanut butter milkshake and reminisced about our first date (which actually happened two years ago that same weekend of the photo shoot). Then we ate! The juicy, cheesy burgers gave us energy for the second act…posing with a 1931 Ford Model A Roadster.

50s retro diner e-session

50s retro diner e-session

Borrowing a “Tommy Gun” from Costumes, Etc., we set out to The Brickyard (our future reception site) for photos. With Matt armed and my love of hats, we were ready! I believe our third act will be a continuation our classic, life-long love story.

50s retro diner e-session

50s retro diner e-session

50s retro diner e-session

50s retro diner e-session

50s retro diner e-session

50s retro diner e-session

50s retro diner e-session

Thank you Bri for sending your beautiful photos my way, and congratulations Amy and Matt! Happy wedding planning. 🙂

Photographer:  Bri McDaniel Photography
Locations: Grindhouse and The Brickyard, Marietta, GA

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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