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These are my friends, Morgan and Ben.

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They are very much in love.

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Like, ridiculously in love.

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Okay guys, get a room…

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And we did! All of us, that is, down at the French Licks Springs Hotel. Jenni and I went down there with Morgan and Ben a few weekends ago to take these fantastic engagement pictures. That’s right! Morgan and Ben are getting hitched. You might remember them from a previous blog entry where they had a speakeasy engagement party. Well, these photographs are little better than simple party shots.

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We started off taking pictures at the West Bayden Springs Hotel (right down the road from our hotel). There’s a lot of history there, which I won’t go into right now, but it makes for some glamorous photography.

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And the lighting is gorgeous in the atrium, which is essentially a giant dome.

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Built in 1902 and with its one-of-a-kind domed atrium spanning 200 feet, the West Bayden Springs Hotel has been called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Oops! I forgot I said I wouldn’t go into the history!

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That’s right. Let’s bring the focus back on the cute engaged couple.

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After we left the atrium, we took some shots throughout the rest of the hotel.

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I thought this one was really artsy and romantic.

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And this was a fun angle! Wow, check out that amazing mosaic floor tiling. They don’t make things quite like that anymore.

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After we finished inside, we headed outside to the gardens.

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The sun was starting to set, which is the perfect time of day for pictures. Us photographers call it the “golden hour.”

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Golden!

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The gardens were beautiful and made for some great backgrounds. Fountain here.

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Five steps to the left, there’s a gazebo in the background!

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As the sun went behind a hill, we decided to take one last shot before heading over to the train graveyard.

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If you thought all those previous pictures were good, you haven’t seen anything yet!

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I think this might be my all time favorite photograph of the session.

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I think all the train shots turned out freaking amazing, if I do say so myself. They’re very rustic and vintage. I love the color of the sky in this picture and the rust on the back of the train car.

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Look! We found a caboose!

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As we wind things down and the day ends, we think to ourselves, “Job well done.”

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And off they walk, hand in hand like lovers do.

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Awwwwww.

Well, that ends it for this update, folks. I hope you liked the pictures. There were many, many, many more, but I couldn’t post them ALL here, could I? These were my favorites among the favorites, and I cannot express to Morgan and Ben how much I appreciate knowing them and having them in my and Jenni’s life. I love double dates!

Let me know what you think, blogstalkers, and which were your favorites. Until next time!

-Adam

    10 Responses to "Morgan + Ben = Love"

    1. comment by Brigitte

      Adam– you have an amazing eye. Your photos do not simply capture two people, they tell a story and they make me feel and see the emotions that Morgan and Ben are sharing. Your work is incredible!

    2. comment by Miranda Bray

      These photos are fantastic! I love the unique venue, and your use of all the different opportunities for interesting angles makes it so fun! I especially like the pics on the train/tracks, and the one where they’re smooching with the backlit parasol is enchanting. Looks like you all had a lot of fun down there, too!

    3. comment by Jennifer Wallander

      Love them! I especially like the one where they’re both sitting on the train tracks and Ben is looking at Morgan. You did a fantastic job, Adam! Now come over and take pics of the doggies! :)

    4. comment by Stephanie

      Makes me want to get hitched so I can have a photo gallery like this. As you already know, they’re beautiful. But how could they not be with a subject as pretty as Morgan? Ok, ok… and your photography is pretty great too :-)
      Nice work Adam!

    5. comment by Debbie Stover

      Adam, OMG! As usual, you have outdone yourself. The pictures are awesome–you do have the talent to capture a story. How did you find out about the train/graveyard and is it around French Lick? If you can make a train look that good, I can’t wait to see the staging pics!!!!!

    6. comment by Cathy

      Adam! Great pictures! I love the picture in front of the stained glass! The train track pics are so good! And the parasol: wow!

    7. comment by Ashley

      OK, I’m not gonna lie. I’m kinda obsessed with these pics. :) You totally captured Morgan and Ben and the awesome people that they are. You’re so crazy talented!!

    8. comment by Morgan

      So, is it obsessive that I look at these about once or twice a week. Thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job!
      I can not wait till the wedding day!
      We’re so happy to have you and Jenn in our lives!
      Thank you.

    9. comment by Morgan

      So I still love these and look at them all the time!
      Let’s do some save the dates after the holidays!!!
      See you soon!

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