After a nice, long week of the loveliest real weddings, I think it’s time we step back and soak in the beauty of love before the big “I do.” I’m talking about an engagement session so gorgeous it could bring you to tears and give you goosebumps. It’s that pretty. On a chilly winter’s morning this couple set out for Sullivan’s Island to sip hot cocoa on the beach with Kelly Sauer there to capture. The result? Something straight out of e-sesh heaven. Enjoy the full gallery and scroll on down for this week’s lucky winners!

Colors
Seasons
Winter
Settings
Beach
Styles
Casual

From Kelly Sauer The engagement session happened on a cold January morning on Sullivan’s Island, with “hot chocolate on the beach” for early spring – complete with fine hot chocolate and gourmet marshmallows in Norpro My Favorite Mugs, blackberries and homemade French Baked breakfast donuts (recipe available) white tulips and pretty peachy-pink roses, seagulls and sand, a straw hat and oversized sweater, and so very much sweet love it warmed everything up. We wanted a pretty-but-casual feel for this down-to-earth bride-to-be who loves dreaming, and came up with a shoot that crossed sweet with a little French and a little homey relaxation at the sea.

Emily is a kindergarten teacher, Andy is in the army. She’s a sweet southern girl from North Carolina; he’s from California. She’s petite and energetic, he’s a well-built movie buff. They met at church, where Emily watched Andy for a year while she listened to her brother talk about him, but he didn’t make a move on her until a game night at her house, when he started subtly flirting with her. Flirting soon turned to Facebook messaging, and before they knew it, they were closer than they had imagined they could be. They started dating, knowing that it was going to land at marriage, but the ring he’d ordered didn’t come when he thought it would. This couple has a habit of being romantic in the cold – Andy took Emily to the cold beach anyway and they had a blast. A few days later, the ring arrived, and he scheduled a date. It was a teacher workday for Emily, and she wasn’t about to get proposed to in her all-day attire, so she hit a local consignment shop and dressed up for their evening walk to the gazebo, where he proposed as they gazed up at the starlight.

Wedding Photography + Floral Design: Kelly Sauer | Location: Sullivans Island Beach in Charleston, South Carolina | Floral Source: Tiger Lily Florist | Food: DIY, Recipe from Camille Styles | Hot Chocolate: Silly Cow Farm Hot Chocolate | Homemade Gourmet Marshmallows: Haypenny Confections | Bride’s Hat + Necklace: Old Navy | Hair: Self

You know what’s up next…we’re announcing this week’s winners!

Angeline and Cari are the lucky duck winners of four place settings of Noritake Colorwave in the shape and color of their choice (valued at $320) Congrats, ladies!

And guess what, Lauren? You get to snuggle up in one of Doie Lounge’s Lillian or Bettina robes. So fun!

Cheers to the weekend, and we’ll meet you back here on Monday! XOXO