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Josh and Amanda’s Apex Engagement Photos 

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Andrew Yates, Light holder extraordinaire
 

Bass Lake / Downtown Apex
 
Bass Lake has always been “my place” to get away from the world. I always knew I wanted to have memories made there. Downtown Apex was a given because we both grew up in/around Apex and its become our staple.
 
Being on the water and in the woods were the coolest parts of Bass Lake, it definitely paints a good picture of both of our childhoods. Downtown was perfect because no matter how big Apex gets, the downtown area has always held on to that small town charm. Not to mention, Apex has always held a special place in Josh’s heart.
 
2.5 years
 
Our relationship was built on a firm foundation of friendship which has given us an awesome place to start. We are both total dorks who enjoy Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter binges on rainy weekends just as much as we enjoy a weekend adventure to a new brewpub or food truck. To this day, I can’t remember how many times Josh has called me by my name as I’ll always be his “katnip” from hunger games (because nerds). 
 
Josh is going to cover this one. I had a big, elaborate moment planned out with a bunch of our friends and a magical moment. Well, as things often do, that plan went all sorts of sideways. We had both had a long weekend and had one of those moments you just can’t replicate, dancing in the kitchen and enjoying each others company instead of stressing what we were going through. “Our song” came on through our Alexa and there was my chance. I pulled the ring out of my pocket and could barely get through asking. 
 

Make it a quick engagement. 

Make time for each other, have a date night every week, and remember that the wedding is one day but our marriage will be forever.  It’s interesting that when you hear people give advice about having kids it begins with how tough having a baby is but at the end… “it’s so worth it when you hold your baby in your arms”.  When we first got engaged we had quite the opposite experience.. everyone we talked to kept telling us how hard marriage is and how much work it would be, and unlike kids… no one shared how wonderful marriage is. That is, until we started our pre-marital counseling through our church.  For the first time, we heard from couples that shared real life experiences they had “worked” through, they told us that marriage will rarely be “perfect” but in the end they talked about how happy marriage can be, if you take time to do it right!  

Having our friends and family for one giant party!
 
The light-hearted attitude of our photographer.
 
A unique experience that could’ve been incredibly awkward but turned in to a lot of fun after Dave helped us break out of our shell and enjoy the little moments together. 

About the images

These Crescent Bend House & Garden images were taken with combinations of a  Nikon D4s,  Nikon D750,  Nikkor 85mm 1.4G,  Nikkor 45mm Tilt Shift,  Nikkor 24mm 1.4G, 5 off camera  Flashpoint R2 Speedlights, and 2  AD-200 strobes with an assortment of MagMod modifiers. All of my images are color corrected with Adobe Lightroom only and not altered or photoshopped in any way.

I’d also like to extend a huge thank you to Andrew for helping on this shoot.

In addition to these Apex Engagement Photos, Apex Wedding Photographer Dave Shay is available for wedding and couple’s portraiture along the entire East Coast and worldwide. To see more work from Raleigh Wedding Photographer Dave Shay, please head over to the portfolio page.

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