Summer Shenandoah National Park Engagement Session // Xiaoqi Li

Summer Shenandoah National Park Engagement Session // Penny + Thomas // Charlottesville, VA

I had such a great time meeting Penny and Thomas at their summer Shenandoah National Park engagement session! Their session was a fun way to get some posing practice in ahead of their wedding next fall and enjoy photos with their playful pup, Maven. Fingers crossed Maven will also make the wedding, but for now she’s definitely featured on their wedding website. What a fun way to include their dog in their wedding celebration! 

Penny and Thomas are fellow Hoos, having met during their time at the University of Virginia’s marching band. After their time at UVA, they dated long distance for 2 years. Finally when they were able to be together, Penny proposed to Thomas by campfire on a hike. He later proposed to her as well over the holidays with family. I love that they each planned a proposal to the other!

Throughout their Shenandoah National Park engagement session, the couple easily shared big smiles and laughter with each other. We started off at the Humpback Picnic center to get warmed up for their session. This area also gave us plenty of open space and grass to run around with Maven. Closer to sunset, we headed over the popular Ravens Roost area. Because it had rained earlier that day, the overlook wasn’t very crowded at all despite the beautiful weather. We really lucked out! 

Keep scrolling to see more gorgeous images from their Shenandoah National Park engagement session! 

newly engaged couple walking hand in hand in field of grass
man kissing woman's cheek while woman smiles during Shenandoah National Park engagement session
woman rubbing dog's tummy on grass
engaged couple smiling with dog during outdoor engagement session
black and brown dog with tongue sticking out with red bandana
man and woman walking through field of grass walking dog
woman wearing green dress with florals and man wearing blue shirt at summer shenandoah national park engagement session
engagement rings on rock at Ravens Roost engagement session
sunset at Shenandoah National Park engagement session
close up of wildflowers at Shenandoah National Park
newly engaged couple embracing at top of Ravens Roost
black and white picture of newly engaged couple at Shenandoah National Park engagement session
man and woman embracing while sitting on ledge at Ravens Roost
man hugging woman from behind smiling
newly engaged couple dancing at top of Ravens Roost
couple embracing and smiling during summer Shenandoah National Park
engaged couple walking hand in hand at Ravens Roost
couple watching sunset at Summer Shenandoah National Park engagement session
couple standing together at sunset
couple embracing at sunset during Shenandoah engagement session
couple sitting on rock together at Ravens Roost
sunset at Shenandoah National Park
couple holding hands at sunset atop Ravens Roost

Looking for more engagement sessions featuring pups? For more inspiration, check out Lyndsie and Brian’s Libby Hill engagement session, Katherine and Cameron’s DC engagement session or Caitlin and Andrew’s Ravens Roost engagement session.

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newly engaged couple dancing at top of Ravens Roost

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