And the Natural State Photo Contest Winner is...
Congrats, Melody and James!
Their engagement photo shot by Tanner Burge Photography takes the cake for showcasing our gorgeous state! Melody Ta and James Haralson are high school sweethearts from Houston. The two both decided to attend the University of Arkansas and their relationship only grew stronger. James proposed to Melody this past April, just a month before the two graduated.
The Engagement Session
Right after James proposed, Melody knew she wanted to get their engagement photos done right away before the two moved away after graduation.
"Arkansas is really where our relationship grew, through all the ups, downs, and crazy changes that happen in college," she says. "It will always have a special place in our hearts, so we really wanted to capture the beauty of the state in our photos."
And Tanner Burge was just the man for the job. On a Monday afternoon, Tanner drove the couple almost two hours out towards the Buffalo River. Melody says they almost thought the session wasn't going to happen since there had been heavy storms and flooding in Northwest Arkansas that past weekend.
"When we got to the waterfall though, we realized it was just a blessing in disguise," she says. "The waterfall was gushing down like never before. It was absolutely unreal that we had it all to ourselves, and every so often, we would pause just to really take in the incredible creation."
"I love looking back at this photo and remembering how magical this day felt. It also reminds me of hiking down with my dress and Chacos, James giving me a piggyback ride across the water, and Tanner trying to pick out the prettiest rocks. The behind-the-scenes was just as fun and memorable, making for an overall amazing session!"
We think so, too!