I was so excited when Kristen suggested having her engagement session at The Pagoda in Norfolk, Virginia. Torrential rain fell all day, but stopped just an hour before the most romantic, beautiful engagement session in the gardens which surround this brightly colored gem. The Pagoda, an Asian restaurant in the Freemason section of Norfolk, lends a majestic nod to the diversity in Hampton Roads. Also called the Marine Observation Tower, it originated in 1983 when the Taiwanese government decided to give it as a gift to celebrate trade ties. By 1989, the two-story building was constructed on pillars that originally supported a very large molasses storage tank.
At the beginning of our session as we were chatting, Kristen mentioned that the oriental garden is such a beautiful place to meditate. The hushing sound of waterfalls as the breeze gently moves the willow tree branches creates an atmosphere where you can just sit, read, and pray. This lovely garden has a variety of plants to admire, a koi pond, brick walkways and fountains which contribute to a tranquil and romantic feel.
Kristen and Chris looked fantastic for their session. Even with the occasional whipping wind, they were easy-going and full of smiles. Throughout the engagement session, I could see such tenderness in their interactions. I never grow tired of seeing a couple in love. The kindness, respect, and adoration they have for one another was apparent in the way they treated each other throughout my time with them. After nearly 7 years of dating, they have grown into a loving couple that supports the endeavors and dreams of each other. Selfless love. It was such an honor to capture their engagement session and I am excited for their wedding in Nags Head, North Carolina.