Downtown Durham Engagement Photos • Chloe + Xander

SHARE THIS STORY

If there was anything to look forward to during fall November 2016, it was Chloe and Xander’s engagement session! Happily we gathered together with their dog, Fionna, on a brisk Sunday afternoon during a splendid golden hour complete with the incredible colors of the season and the smiles of a favorite couple.

They were just as smiley and bright-eyed on their wedding day, too!
Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session with the bride and groom's Corgi dog. mikkelpaige-downtown_durham_engagement_wedding_photos-03

The colors of the season held out for us! It was the perfect time to capture this bubbly couple and their Corgi, Fionna (check her out on Instagram, @fionnathecorgi!) amidst the fall leaves and some really awesome vibrant parking spots at a nearby art school and fun murals downtown. We even saw a twist on love locks: hundred of keys fastened to the fence around the lot. I love the photo of Chloe’s ring with the key – she’s moving in to Xander’s house in a few weeks and though it’s not their key I still like the serendipitous symbolism of it. 🙂 And of course….they’re getting married soon!

mikkelpaige-downtown_durham_engagement_wedding_photos-04 Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session with the bride and groom's Corgi dog.

Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session with colorful parking spaces and fall leaves.Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session with keys on a fence. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session with a detail engagement ring photo on fall leaves.
Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session with a fall leaves and cozy outfits.
Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session with a fall leaves and cozy outfits. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session with a fall leaves and cozy outfits.

Chloe specifically told me she loves the look of peeling paint and when I passed this building a few weeks ago and I pulled over to note the address – it was perfect for their engagement photos.

Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session amidst fall colors and pink rose bushes.

Can you believe there are roses in bloom in the midst of November?!! I couldn’t believe it either. But there they were, smiling at us. 🙂

Chloe got Xander an engagement ring too, which I love….so we couldn’t resist playing off the “lock and key” theme we accidentally happened upon, photographing his solid band on a rusting lock to the abandoned building before heading to Main Street to capture them in front of a colorful mural of the sun and hitting up American Tobacco Campus too. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session. A picture of the couple walking in front of a mint green aging building. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session. A picture of the couple walking in front of a mint green aging building. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session. A picture of the groom's engagement ring on a rusting lock. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a downtown Durham engagement session. A picture of the bride and groom on a balcony peeking through amongst fall leaves. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session at American Tobacco Campus with fall leaves. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session at American Tobacco Campus with fall leaves. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session in downtown Durham against a musical mural. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session in downtown Durham. The bride wore a gold North Carolina state outline necklace. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session in downtown Durham. The couple wore cozy fall outfits.

These two are up for anything which always makes for more options in photography. When I asked if they’d stand up on those bricks next to the mural they hopped up without skipping a beat. Woohoo! And Chloe’s North Carolina state outline necklace? Magical.

Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session in downtown Durham against a colorful sun mural. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session in downtown Durham against a colorful sun mural. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session in downtown Durham. The bride wore a tweed vest and teal long sleeve shirt with a NC state outline necklace. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session in downtown Durham. The couple wore cozy fall outfits. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session in downtown Durham against a colorful sun mural. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session in downtown Durham. The groom wore a grey sweater over a red and blue paid shirt for fall pictures. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session at American Tobacco Campus with a "lucky" smoke stack. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session in downtown Durham. The bride and groom got cozy at American Tobacco Campus in this picture amongst the grasses. Mikkel Paige Photography photos of a Durham engagement session in downtown Durham. The bride and groom got cozy at American Tobacco Campus in this picture amongst the grasses.

I feel incredibly lucky to be their photographer! Cannot wait for their wedding day next June at The Rickhouse.

For more check out Facebook and Instagram…and if you would would love us to capture your engagement session, contact us!