Maddie & Russell // Hays Nature Preserve Engagement


Oct 24, 2017

I’ll never forget Maddie’s email inquiry. She knew that we’re totally into coffee and she totally sympathized with the challenges of being tall. She loved that we share our faith and build real relationships with our couples. Plus she liked our work. Always a bonus! ;)

Ummm….sign us up? Connecting with a bride who appreciates so many of the same things we do (AND who has followed us long enough to know about them all!) is such a fun thing – and we’ve just been enjoying getting to know Maddie, Russell, and Maddie’s family ever since!

Russell is studying physical therapy in Nashville, so we took the opportunity of his fall break (fall weekend break, anyway!) to meet them for their engagement session at Hays Nature Preserve. And this session was just as incredible as we dreamed it would be with these two!

October has been really warm this year, and Maddie and Russell’s session landed on one of the very first cool days we had! It still didn’t quite classify as “fall” weather, but it was close enough! SUCH an amazing evening to be enjoying the beauty of the nature preserve with this sweet couple!

Enjoy a few sneak peeks into Maddie & Russell’s engagement session! :)

Maddie and Russell – you guys are just such a joy to be around! We couldn’t think of a better way to spend that first gorgeous fall evening than to hang out with you two! Wedding day is going to ah-mazing!



If you loved Maddie & Russell’s session, we think you’ll like Sarah & Michael’s Wildwood Engagement Session, too! :)

  1. Elie Hsu says:

    These are such beautiful pictures for such a beautiful couple!!!!

  2. Sheyenne Cleveland says:

    These are incredible!!! So happy for you both!!

  3. Sue Mixson says:

    Joel and Amber!!! Wow. That is all I can say.! I literally had tears in my eyes when I saw these. You have exceeded our expectations. Maddie and Russell were so excited after your photo shoot and I. Oils tell they had fun. They look so relaxed and in love in these portraits. You totally captured them! Love love love these pictures! Thank you so much!

  4. Gina Williams says:

    These pictures are amazing! Congratulations Maddie and Russell! I don’t know how you will ever choose from these pictures. I love them all!

  5. David Mixson says:

    W-O-W. I love the pictures and the subjects. I can’t wait to have Russell as part of our family.

  6. Kristyn Harris says:

    Great pictures! I’m so excited for you all!

  7. Tyler Wortham says:

    Congratulations! Awesome photos!

  8. Maria Drake says:

    Congrats on your engagement!! Such beautiful pictures for such a beautiful couple! Great work!

  9. Maddie Mixson says:

    Thank you both so much!!! We both had a blast with y’all taking these pictures. I loved waking up to this this morning!! So glad to have y’all along with us and capturing all the special moments on wedding day!!!

  10. Bill Jacobs says:

    Nice photos. Lovely Couple.

  11. Eric Melkerson says:

    Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing! A beautiful couple.

  12. Terry Ware says:

    Great photos! I LOVE your dress, Maddie!

  13. Mark Carter says:

    Great photos! Congratulations to you both!

  14. Donna Cook says:

    BEAUTIFUL photography of a very special couple! Maddie and Russell, your pictures are great! Your love for one another is evident. These pictures could be in a magazine!

  15. Cheryl Smith says:

    Such pretty pictures! I can’t wait for the wedding. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Congratulations!

  16. Jeri Law says:

    What a beautiful couple! Great photos.

  17. Teresa Manning says:

    Such a beautiful couple! Congratulations, guys!

  18. Anita Ayers says:

    Incredible pictures of a beautiful couple. Best wishes!

  19. Clay Robertson says:

    Great photos! Congratulations and wishing you many, many happy moments together!

  20. Lisa Jennings says:

    Love your engagement pictures Maddie and Russel!
    And what a beautiful fall day! Can’t wait for the wedding!

  21. Cody Herren says:

    Man, these are awesome! Love these two and they look great!

  22. zach says:

    you two look great!!!! Cant wait for the wedding!

  23. Jose Rodriguez says:

    Awesome photos. Blessings to you both.

  24. Mudder and Daddy Don says:

    Enjoyed seeing these beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple! Looking forward to the wedding!

  25. Helen Shepherd says:

    Difficult to find a favorite picture, they are all amazing! Congratulations to a beautiful couple❤️

  26. Ted Cook says:

    These pictures are great! Y’all really captured the love between these two. What an awesome couple!

  27. Shari says:

    What beautiful pictures! You really captured their happiness. . Congratulations, Maddie and Russell.!

  28. Donna Rathbun says:

    These are beautiful pictures for such a great couple. Beautiful setting and they both look so comfortable. Congratulations to you both.

  29. Sarah Wall says:

    Beautiful pictures!

  30. Drew Mixson says:

    Maddie and Russell,
    As your engagement draws further and further to its inevitable end, I cannot help but feel a growing appreciation for your relationship together. You really do care for one another, and you’ve fought to make each other a priority – you’ve proved it by dating for 4 years long distance.
    Maddie, pledgeship has shown me so much about what it means to serve and care about others over the last 8 weeks. What it also showed me is how much you have served and cared for me as a younger brother over the last 20 years. I have never even come close to reciprocating all the things you have done for me. I have always taken for granted that you would always be there for me, but now more and more I see just how lucky I am to have you as a sister.
    Congratulations on a lovely engagement, – Russell, I couldn’t be happier to have you as a brother-in-law. I really am looking forward to our relationship growing. Thank you for always loving my sister well and treating her with respect.
    I cannot wait to see how y’all do – I pray y’all live many joyful years together, and remember to keep your eyes set on the Lord. The Church needs couples like you to support it and love its members. Y’all don’t just need The Church, it needs you! Awesome couples like yourselves are hard to come by.
    Thank you for being so good to me.
    With love, your brother,

  31. Rachel Lacy says:

    These are so pretty! Can’t wait for the wedding…. come on, May!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Will Davidson says:

    S’cute! Wish I could buy all of them!

  33. Tori Gryder says:

    Wow these pictures are so beautiful! Looking forward to all the excitement leading up to May. Love you both Maddie and Russell!

  34. Lindley says:

    Beautiful couple! And gorgeous pictures!

  35. Russell Cook says:

    Joel and Amber, thank you so much for taking such beautiful pictures! You guys are awesome!! I Can not wait to hang out with y’all again on our wedding day!

  36. Megan says:

    Such beautiful photos and, Maddie, you look absolutely gorgeous!! Congrats on the engagement!! So happy for you guys!

  37. Ashley says:

    Love seeing how red heads dress and photograph for sessions like this!

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