Although I’m not ready for summer to end, it is never too early to look forward to Fall. These gorgeous engagement photos by Custom Portraits By Charlene will have you longing for a pumpkin spice latte. English Labrador Dale and his sidekick, Grace, the Golden Retriever puppy, joined Sarah and John for their engagement photos. Although it is tempting to just look at the photos, you really should read their story as well.
From Sarah: “Having our ‘kids’ in our engagement photos was a no-brainer, and who we chose as a photographer was also an easy decision –there is no one better. Charlene even took the time to come and meet Grace and Dale before our session!!!
Dale is our 6-year-old fun-loving English Labrador. He is loyal to a fault but also has a huge goofy and playful side. Dale was John’s dog before we met, but has quickly become my best buddy since the day one. He LOVES his new role as big brother to Grace.
Grace was always in the plans. John had a golden retriever growing up, and has always wanted another. In September of 2016, we had a lot of reasons to celebrate! John and I were getting engaged (he can’t keep a secret), and I had just found out that I was in remission from stage 3 liver cancer. I decided to surprise John with an English Cream Golden Retriever, while on vacation in the Outer Banks. We both fell in love immediately. Grace was the perfect addition and loved being part of our family.
Our world came crashing down when we returned from vacation. My cancer was back and had spread. Now stage 4, the fight was on. We booked our photo session as ‘engagement photos,’ but secretly I wanted to have the only family photos we might ever have together for John to treasure. Charlene nailed it. We left our session exhausted, and not expecting a single picture of everyone looking in the right direction. We spent half of our session chasing Dale around the park. But you would never know, she works miracles.
I spent my hardest days of treatment gazing at our gallery wall of my beautiful family, and honestly some days I swear it’s the only thing that got me through. As if we weren’t dealing with a lot already, when Grace was six months old, she suddenly lost her ability to swallow.
She spent two weeks in an ICU, when we decided to place a temporary feeding tube, and brought her home with no answers as to why things changed with her. As oddly as her issues came on, within a month, we had made a lot of progress and found a way to help her eat without the tube! She was the happiest, sick dog through it all; you would have never known. She showed me how to fight and win.
I am so happy for all of them and look forward to seeing their wedding photos!
About Custom Portraits by Charlene: Based in the Pittsburgh area, Charlene specializes in wedding and pet photography. Paw Prints Pet Portraits is a subdivision of Custom Portraits by Charlene and offers on location portrait services.