Amy Bennett Photography

Shelburne Farms Engagement Session | Bryanna & Nick

Vermont Engagement Session

I was so excited to meet up with Bryanna and Nick for their Vermont engagement session on October 10th at Shelburne Farms.

Nick and Bryanna met at Phillips Exeter Academy, which they both attended. Although Nick was two years ahead of Bryanna, they both went to the environmental clubs, and Bryanna took over running the clubs for him after he graduated. They continued to stay in contact while he was at Dartmouth to update each other on various environmental projects, and after Nick moved to D.C. once he’d graduated, he began sending her handwritten letters—he even got a typewriter to write some of them!

According to Bryanna, she had no idea that Nick was trying to court her. She just thought he was a genuine, old-fashioned guy who wanted a pen pal. But then in 2012, they met up in D.C. while she was passing through and went out to dinner. He walked her to the metro and, as she was headed down, he blurted out, “I’ve liked you since Exeter!”

They started dating after that until, in September of 2015, they went back to Phillips Exeter for alumni weekend, as they do every year. Nick had asked the faculty to leave the door to the balcony of the main building on campus open so that he could propose out on the deck. They then went to their former Russian teacher’s house, where their families were waiting to surprise them with congratulations!

We met up at Shelburne Farms for the Vermont engagement session, and since I knew Nick wanted some “fall foliage” shots, I scouted out the location earlier to find a field full of red and orange sugar maples overlooking Lake Champlain. I wasn’t surprised to find that perfect spot, though—the grounds of Shelburne Farms are always impeccably groomed! It’s one of my very favorite locations, with a number of rustic Vermont farms, farm animals, beautiful vistas, winding dirt roads in the woods, and Lake Champlain beaches. They even let photographers come after hours!

As the session went on, Bryanna and Nick got more and more comfortable taking pictures. They had a blast searching out great spots, changing in the car, and popping the bottle of champagne! We had plenty of laughs this session!

Nick & Bry, I can’t wait for your wedding in Gloucester, MA, in August! You two are a lovely couple, and your wedding is going to be simply spectacular!