Melissa & Nick’s Playful and Quirky E-session at Harkness State Park


harkness memorial park e-session

An old historic estate with an abandoned — and believed to be haunted — building might be the last location you’ll want to hold an e-session in but such wasn’t the case for Tim Brown of TAB Photographic. He took engaged couple Melissa and Nick there which resulted in the adorable twosome injecting their own brand of fun into a somewhat unexpected (yet remarkably beautiful) setting. Here now are the gorgeous photos to prove it…

harkness memorial park e-session

harkness memorial park e-session

harkness memorial park e-session

harkness memorial park e-session

Just how pretty are these photos? And guess what, the lovely Melissa  is here to share an enjoyable behind-the-scenes look at their e-session:

We had heard about how beautiful Harkness Memorial Park was, but had never actually been to it, so when Tim mentioned it as a location he was hoping we might be in to, we were very excited. As an architecture enthusiast and a true lover of all things natural, worn in, and what most people would call “old”, I instantly fell in love with the grounds of Harkness. Peeling paint, serene beach, old iron gates, and beautiful architecture … it was heaven. It may not have been significant to us then, but it certainly is now!

I can’t say quite the same about the abandoned hospital, but I will say this – I doubt I will ever see another couple with an engagement shoot at a place quite like that, and that setting produced some of the funniest photos (and my mother’s favorite, go figure) and classic memories. Tim instantly honed in to our quirkiness factor, and I will be forever be grateful that he was brave enough to ask us to shoot there.

harkness memorial park e-session

harkness memorial park e-session

harkness memorial park e-session

harkness memorial park e-session

The day that Nick and I shot our engagement shoot with Tim will forever be one of my favorite days, ever. We may have frozen our behinds off, gotten changed in a back seat while surrounded by small children (cover their eyes!), and been scared out of our wits by some of what we found at the abandoned hospital where we ended our shoot, but that day, and the photos that came from it, are nothing less than perfect. We had our shoot about five months after getting engaged, and four months before our wedding, and it was one of the first times we became overwhelmed with the “oh crap, we’re really doing this! We are getting MARRIED!” feeling. It was awesome! With our wedding only a few months away, and with the understanding that those photos would be fancy, polished, and out of this world gorgeous, we more than anything wanted our engagement shoot to feel like real life – to capture what we are like most every day (you know, if we lived on the beach, or in a gorgeous mansion on beautiful grounds) a little silly, sometimes serious, and just happy being us. We also wanted something that wasn’t cookie cutter, something different than other couples had done … which is how we ended up climbing up an old, slightly unconstructed, no longer meant to hold people balcony, and  finishing our day at an abandoned (and I am convinced haunted) hospital. People thought we were crazy, and yes … just plain weird, but we loved it.

harkness memorial park e-session

harkness memorial park e-session

We brought a few props – two handmade signs, and one banner from Etsy (c’mon! It said we were better together like milk and cookies – can’t beat that), decided on a few outfits (that yes, we already owned), and off we went. It was really Tim who made our engagement session feel “us”. He posed us as needed, taught us how to bring out our “I’m not overly smiling but I’m still so happy” faces, and – most importantly – just let us be us. Somehow while walking around all day and the three of us cracking non stop jokes, Tim somehow captured those in between moments that you can’t create on cue (even though I’m sure he did create them … somehow. Magic). He captured us. He captured our feelings. He captured how we felt about each other, how happy we were to be marrying each other, and he did it in a way that was so obvious, but so subtle at the same time. He captured it in a way that wasn’t meant to tell the whole world “HEY! THEY’RE IN LOVE!”, but to show us “hey, you’re in love, and the whole world can see it”. More than anything – that’s us. We love each other, but we’re not showy about it. But now we have the pictures to be showy about it … so maybe we’ll start!

harkness memorial park e-session

harkness memorial park e-session

Thank you Tim for sending your beautiful images my way, and congratulations Melissa and Nick! Thanks for sharing your e-session story with us. Everyone, remember to tune in on Monday to see their equally lovely DIY wedding! 🙂

Photographer: Tim Brown of TAB Photographic
Location: Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford CT

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