Castle in the Clouds | New Hampshire | Maine Engagement Session | Crystal & James

July 10, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I was so excited when Crystal and James told me they wanted to have their engagement session at the Castle In the Clouds in New Hampshire. I had never been there before and was eager to capture their love story at a location that means so much to them. When Crystal told me she bought a beautiful, pink gown just for her engagement session and that James was going to coordinate his suit with her dress I couldn't wait for the day to arrive. Enjoy learning more about Crystal and James and their love story.

Crystal and James met about 4 1/2 years ago and were introduced by a mutual friend. The story goes that James called Crystal one January night and she invited him over for some homemade pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and the rest was history. And yes James is holding a glass slipper in his hands. 

I asked Crystal and James if it was love at first sight. Here is what they said:

James: "No the cookies were distracting, but Crystal decided we should hang out again, so I asked her to come over to my parents house to go ice skating" 
Crystal: "Was it love at first sight? Perhaps. It was certainly a mutual understanding; we just 
knew we were going to love each other, just as we were, to learn to grow together and not apart, 
and that takes us choosing each other every day. Every day just as we had since that day, and every day after.

The Proposal from James perspective. "Well, everything just seemed to come together at the right time.  A new job, then found the perfect ring that same week (it wasn't even one we had been looking at), then I realized the perfect opportunity to pop the question was coming at the end of the week. Portland's First 
Friday Art Walk, where I was going to be performing an excerpt from Portland Ballet's, The 
Victorian Nutcracker. I talked to the director of the company and the costumer, who secured 
the Nutcracker Prince costume I wear every year for the show. At the end of the performance I 
snuck out from behind the rest of the company, donning the costume, was handed the mic, and 
asked for her to step up onto the stage. I had the hardest time trying to muddle through the 
words as the tears and emotion started to roll."


The Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough New Hampshire was the perfect backdrop for Crystal and James's engagement shot. The weather was very overcast and sometimes the drizzle was a bit heavy however it was the perfect lighting to capture our time together.  This is one of my favorite shots of the day because it is with there adorable dog Killian. He is a Shiba inc and is just so photogenic. Can you tell how much Crystal and James love him. 

When I asked James if he could pick up Crystal here is what happen. Did I mention he is a ballet dancer at the Portland Ballet Company? Clearly was an easy task for him.

What is your favorite thing to do together?  "Enjoy our time spent together at home with our handsome dog usually snuggling on the couch".


James and Crystal's wedding is in May 2017, at the Castle in the Clouds. Because James proposed inside of the Portland Public Library in his Nutcracker Prince costume, they have decided on a storybook wedding theme. Afterall, this princess met her prince charming, and it will be happily ever after. 


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