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Check out this Retro Engagement Session that Included Cake, Trucks, and Denim

Feeling a little nostalgic? Gina and Collin brought their wedding photographer, Freckled Feather Photography, to Lebanon, TN to an old-fashioned diner to bring out all the feels for their retro engagement session. With Gina’s denim dress with cowboy boots and bringing out the old school Coors bottles, this vintage style engagement session is timeless. They even made sure to incorporate Collin’s 1980’s truck to fully send us to the past! You won’t want to miss these photos that take us back in time, keep scrolling!

From Photographer, Samantha: Gina + Collin opted to have their engagement session at a location that was important to them as a couple. Snow White’s Drive-In Diner in Lebanon, Tennessee made the perfect backdrop for their retro-style engagement photos.

Gina also wanted to incorporate Collin’s 1980’s model Ford Truck in to the session however we could, so we parked it in front of the diner to also pose with. Several different props were brought to this session, but my favorite was the cake made by Polly Sparrow Bakes out of Lebanon that read “Gettin’ Hitched”. The cake was the perfect touch to compliment that 90’s Country, Retro-Style engagement session to honor the cutest couple ever.

Tell us about the couple:

From photographer, Samantha: I met Gina and Collin back in the summer of 2022 when my friend, Sarah Cannon of Fox and Fig Photography, referred her to me for an equine session. We instantly connected due to both of us having a strong background and passion for horses. Collin also joined in for a portion of that session, and it was obvious the two were smitten for one another. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t absolutely stoked for their wedding next spring. I may be biased, but they really are the cutest couple with the sweetest little love story. So I asked Gina about how the two of them met and I found myself grinning at my phone when I read her response.

From The Bride, Gina, “We met in a line dancing bar on Valentine’s Day. The night that I met him, I kept calling him my ‘husband’ to my friends.

The Proposal from The Bride Gina: “I am a barrel racer, and we were in the process of building a new barn and house on the land we had purchased. We had brought our families out to see the progress of the build and he had unknowingly to me, hid my closest friends in the barn as well for the proposal. Most of them were hiding in a pop up hunting blind that just happened to be in the barn. I had never been more surprised in my life. “

Can you share any special moments or highlights from the day?

From photographer, Samantha: Gina really wanted to have a small town/retro vibe for her engagement session, so it really worked out perfectly that Collin had a 1980’s Ford Pick up truck that we could incorporate in to the session. Gina also had a cake made from the local Polly Sparrow Bakery and it just really gave the session a retro feel. One of Gina’s best friends, who also happens to be one of my former brides, Ashley, came along to the session to help with props. She also took some killer “behind the scenes” footage that I am super excited about. It was a really cute session that fit the couple perfectly.

Did they have any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?

From photographer, Samantha: The main request that Gina and Collin had for this session was to have the couple’s favorite diner in their engagement pictures, Snow White’s Drive-in Diner. I personally had never been to the diner so I was a bit nervous that I was walking in to unfamiliar territory, not knowing what the lighting scenario would look like, but that is part of being a photographer. The diner ended up being the perfect touch *insert chefs kiss* to the couple’s portraits and really set the stage for the look we were going for. I was so happy with how their images turned out and think they reflect the couple’s personality perfectly.

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Wedding PhotographerFreckled Feather Photography
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