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Val & Don Engagement | Bethany Beach, DE Engagement Session

Val and Don sitting on a rock overhand at Bethany Beach, DE.

Val and Don’s destination beach engagement session on the Eastern shore of Delaware, to Bethany Beach, was so much fun! These photos are a showcase for Val and Don’s love story. I’m so excited to be able to share not only the photos, but the beginning to their happily-ever-after! 

The beginning of Val and Don’s relationship was around the shutdown of the pandemic. Both worked remotely, so they decided to work through that summer at Don’s parents’ beach house in Bethany Beach. Not many people were traveling during that time, so they didn’t have much competition at the local restaurants and bars! 

While they frequented the restaurants, they got to know one of the local musicians, Bob Elliot. The couple would follow where he was playing each weekend and watch him perform, just reveling in the music, and their sweet time together! 

Fast forward to last Christmas, the couple were once again, down at Bethany Beach participating in a scavenger hunt. During the hunt, Val saw Bob Elliot with his guitar down on the beach, and he started playing one of her and Don’s favorite songs! When she heard Bob playing that song, she turned around and to her delight, Don was down on one knee!

They spent so much of their time during the pandemic down on that beach. Bethany Beach, along with Bob playing his guitar, are cherished pieces of their relationship. So for Don to propose to Val while Bob played their sweet song for them, was so romantic and dreamy! And even sweeter still, Bob Elliot is planning to play at the cocktail hour for their wedding!

After hearing their love story, it was no surprise when Val asked me to travel east for their beach engagement session. Val and Don were such a joy to work with! They both have such beautiful spirits. I could feel the energy and love radiating off of them during the session and it was wonderful! 

We ended the engagement session on Don’s dad’s boat, driving out into the water to find a secluded beach spot. They spent a lot of time out on the boat while visiting the beach house, so this was yet another representation of their timeless love story! It was so fun to incorporate these special parts of their relationship into the photos! I always tell my couples to pick an engagement session location that is special to them or their relationship, and Val and Don hit the money on the head with that one! And, of course, Val and Don’s wedding will also take place on the beach, but just a little way down the shore at the beautiful Lighthouse Sound Golf Club in Maryland! I’m so excited to capture the next part of their love story!

Val and Don, your photos were so beautiful, and it’s because both of you are as well! I’m so happy to have done your engagement photography, it was so fun! I wish you all the happiness in the world!

Hugs,
Ashley


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Collage of Val and Don standing on a rocky shore overlooking Bethany Beach during their engagement session.
Collage of Val and Don holding hands and looking at each other and giving each other a kiss during their engagement session.
Black and white photo of Val with hr head on Don's shoulder while they look out at the ocean.
Collage of Val and Don kissing and walking on Bethany Beach while the waves crash in the background.
Collage of Don picking Val up and kissing her on a beach during their engagement session.
Black and white photo of Don and Val holding hands while they look out at the ocean together.
Collage of Val looking at Don while he smiles and them with their foreheads together during their engagement session.
Collage of three photos - one is Val and Don kissing on Bethany beach, one is Don with his hand on the back of Val's neck as he gazes at her and the last is Val and Don walking hand in hand across the beach.
Black and white photo of Val and Don holding hands and smiling as they walk across Bethany Beach during their engagement session.
Collage of Val and Don kissing on the beach and them sitting in the sand smiling.
Val and Don posing on the marina of Bethany Beach
Black and white photo of Val and Don with their foreheads together as they sit in the sand on Bethany Beach during their engagement session.
Collage of Val and Don sitting in the sand on Bethany Beach and kissing during their engagement session.
Black and white photo of Val and Don standing chest to chest on the pier at Bethany Beach.
Collage of Don standing with his back to the camera on the pier at Bethany Beach while Val rests her head on his shoulder and smiles.
Collage of Val and Don smiling and kissing each other on the pier at Bethany beach during their beach engagement session.
Val holding Don and looking into his eyes on a grassy beach hill during their fun engagement photography session
Collage of individual portraits of Don and Val standing on the pier at the marina during their beach engagement.
Black and white photo of Don giving Val a piggy back ride during their beach engagement.
Collage of Don picking Val up from behind and spinning her around during their engagement session at Bethany Beach.
Don giving Val a piggy back ride while she laughs and kisses his cheek at Bethany Beach.
Collage of Don spinning Val around in the sand during their beach engagement.
Collage of Don and Val hugging and kissing each other during their engagement session.
Black and white photo of Val hugging Don from behind while they smile at each other.
Don and Val sitting in the captain's seat of a boat during their beach engagement session.
Don and Val sitting on the seat of a boat at Bethany Beach during their engagement session.
Don and Val sitting on the seat of a boat at Bethany Beach during their engagement session.

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