Jennifer & Jesse’s Fun and Flirty 50s-Style UNC Chapel Hill E-session

Hello weekenders! The 2012 wedding season is now in full force and my inbox is feeling the submission love so yes, I’m here on a Saturday to share yet more funky inspiration for you!

Today’s couple Jennifer and Jesse are Tar Heels to the core so naturally they had their vintage-y, fun, and flirty 50s-style engagement at their alma mater, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Aside from this shoot being totally adorable, it’s also quite special to me because my parents met and fell in love in Chapel Hill too! My mom is a UNC grad and my dad went to neighboring Duke University but of course he was always at the UNC campus to see my mom.  🙂

Well enough about me. Let’s meet the lovely pair…

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How darling do they look? The fab Megan Mook of Gambol Photography, responsible for the cuteness in this page, shares how the e-session came to be:

Jennifer is a planner. When she came to me about shooting she and her new fiance, Jesse’s, wedding, she had a very distinct, personal vision as to how she wanted her special day to turn out. So when it came to coming up with ideas for the happy couple’s engagement session, she attacked it with the same intense preparation and stunning creativity.

Jen is, through and through, a DIY bride. Most of the “vendors” in their engagement shoot were simply online bidding sites and stores. From her amazing polka-dot dress and Jesse’s awesome bowtie, to the adorable big, white letter and old picture frame, their session was a DIY masterpiece.

The precious pair are UNC Chapel Hill alumni, so it was only fitting that their sweet session take place in the heart of their alma mater. The Carolina Inn served as a gorgeous backdrop for their 50’s-inspired scene, and the campus landmarks filled in the gaps with their history and sophistication.

Jen and Jesse’s shoot is a playful mix of vintage, romance, whimsy and most of all, FUN! These 2 were such a blessing to work with; their genuine adoration for each other and their unique ebb-and-flow chemistry truly showcases how crazy they are about each other, and how perfect a pair they make. And when you find 2 individuals who aren’t afraid to show their love and quirks, that piece of their relationship absolutely shines in their images.

Oh I totally agree with Megan. Just take a look at these photos — the sweetness is undeniable.

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Squee! Such a cute shot.

vintage 50s engagement session

vintage 50s engagement shoot

Loving everything so far?  Pretty Jennifer is here to tell us the story behind the shoot:

Jesse and I really wanted our engagement shoot to reflect us as a couple;  in doing so, we gave a great deal of consideration to the shoot and what we wanted it to capture.  We pride ourselves in being quite a versatile couple and we eventually determined that we wanted our shoot to be fun, unique and classic. That led us to decide on a 50’s shoot.  I had high hopes for the shoot but could have never imagined that it would turn out as wonderfully as it did.  We had a wonderful afternoon shooting at the historic Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill with a beautiful antique car; it was our grownup version of dress-up!

Wait, there’s more! The duo had an outfit change and Megan took photos of them strolling around the campus they love along with their little pup.

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UNC chapel hill engagement

It’s time we get to know the handsome pair a bit more. Take it away, Jennifer!

Jesse and I met in late summer 2009.  I had returned to Chapel Hill from a summer in New York City and we were both preparing to enter into our senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  We met through a mutual friend one evening at a quaint Chinese Restaurant on Franklin Street.  Our friendship was nearly immediate as we shared many common interests and just generally enjoyed each other’s company.  This friendship grew over the next several months and on November 28, 2009 Jesse made it official and asked me to be his one and only; apparently everyone else knew we would eventually end up here before we did.

We finished our senior year at Carolina and graduated as proud Tar Heels on May 9, 2010, Jesse with a BA in Psychology, myself with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication.  That August, Jesse and I began an adventure that would span over the next two years; he moved to Boston for graduate school and I remained in North Carolina with a job at Cisco Systems. Those two years will conclude this June and we couldn’t be more excited.

Although any long-distance relationship is difficult, it truly taught us how to think harder, communicate better and love stronger.  2012 has and will be an exciting year for us as a couple; this year was kicked off with a December 30th proposal in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina and will also witness the purchase of our first home, Jesse’s graduation from his Master’s program, and our November 10 wedding in Garner, North Carolina.

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Thank you Megan for sending this charming e-session my way, and congratulations on your engagement Jennifer and Jesse! Good luck with the wedding planning! 🙂

Photographer: Megan Mook of Gambol Photography
Venues: UNC Chapel Hill, Carolina Inn
Transportation: Classy Transportation
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