Gatlinburg Forest Engagement // Justin & Chelsea

I'm so excited to share some favorites from these two's engagement session because... A) They are precious together! B) Chelsea is sharing some of her daily make up tips with us at the bottom of this post! C) Chelsea is quickly becoming a dear friend to me which makes the thought of shooting her and Justin's wedding this June EXTRA happy!

Justin & Chelsea's story goes all the way back to a mission trip in high school. From crushing on each other in 1st period to dating through high school & college to now being engaged, they will have shared 6 1/2 years of absolute sweetness together before they even say I do! I'll just let them do the talking by sharing a few things they had to say when I asked them what drew them to each other. I love their story!

Justin: Chelsea would literally give the shirt off her back to help anyone. I love her because she doesn't want recognition for her good deeds. Her genuineness & love for Jesus are just a couple of the reasons I fall for Chels every single day again and again. I couldn't imagine life without her.

Chelsea: What drew me to Justin was his drive, ambition, goals, and how genuinely kind, smart, & caring he is. He loves me so well. He is the sweetest, most respectful guy you could ever meet & it's refreshing to be around someone so sincerely kind who has such a heart for Jesus & others.

We chose to do their engagement session in Gatlingburg (where they both grew up & met each other) at the Roosevelt Lodge where they will be getting married this summer! I can't wait to be up in the beautiful Smokies with them again soon!

XOXO, Suzy

P.S. During their session, it stood out to me how flawlessly Chelsea's make up was photographing, so I asked her if she would share a few tips from her daily beauty routine for us ladies! After reading them, I realized just how little I know about make up. Maybe this is where growing up with five brothers didn't serve me well. ;) Comment which one of her thirteen tips you are going to try this week!

 13 Beauty Tips from Chelsea Cudak's Daily Beauty Routine

1. Always wash and moisturize before applying makeup – it makes your makeup go on smoother, last longer, and produces less oil throughout the day.

2. Primer is key! It creates a barrier between your skin and the makeup & helps your makeup last all day. Porefessional by Benefit is worth the splurge if you have noticeable pores. It literally makes them disappear!

3. My favorite way to apply foundation is with a damp beauty blender. I don’t use concealer under my foundation, as it tends to move it around and cake up on top of it. Just let your foundation do all the work of covering up any blemishes. I LOVE Urban Decay All Nighter foundation (it’s waterproof, oil-free, mattifying, full-coverage, and longwearing – literally everything I want in a foundation). If you have drier skin, you might like something like Stila Aqua Glow better.

4. A good rule to remember: put light on what you want to stand out and dark on what you want to hide/sink in.

5. Use concealer on top of your foundation to brighten your face. Apply it to the center of your forehead starting between your eyebrows, down the bridge of your nose, right above the center of your upper lip, down your chin, and under your eyes! Don’t just apply it on your dark circles – make an upside down triangle tracing alongside your nose and working toward the outer corner of your eyes. Use a shade that is lighter than your foundation – I always use the lightest color they offer. Then, you can use your damp beauty blender to blend it by pressing lightly.

6. This next tip can get MESSY! If you already have your outfit on, cover up! I use my Coty Airspun powder in translucent full-coverage (a drug-store steal) and a tight bristled brush to set my concealer. Pick up A TON of powder and lightly press it where you put your concealer. This part looks crazy and you will have giant clumps of powder all over your face. Just let it set while you contour.

7. I don’t do anything harsh with contouring. Just use some bronzer on a fluffy brush to buff under your cheek bones, down the jaw line, on your temples (make a 3 on each side of your face), and into your hair line. I always go down the sides of the bridge of my nose to make it look smaller, but if you have a slender nose, skip this step.

8. Take a clean fluffy brush to swipe away all the excess powder that has been setting your concealer, then use the same brush all over your face to make sure there are no harsh lines and everything is blended.

9. Use more blush than you think you need – especially for pictures!

10. Eyeshadow is my favorite part! You can create so many different looks and get creative. In these pictures I used a light color all over, a matte brown in the crease, a darker brown to deepen the outer corners, an orangey-brown on the lid, with a metallic gold in the very center. Using a light-catching color in the center makes your eyes look bigger! If I want a smokier look, I use the same matte color from the crease and buff it under my lower lash line.

11. I use black liquid liner on the upper and lower lash lines. Black tends to make your eyes pop, and liquid doesn’t smudge as much as a pencil. Try to make as thin of a line as possible and only draw your line halfway on the bottom. Too much liner can make your eyes look smaller.

12. Tons of mascara! I always use at least 2 different kinds – one for volume and one for length. (Outrageous Volume from the Sephora brand is incredible.)

13. For lipstick, pick a color that you love. I tend to like nudish pinks. I line my lips a little darker than my lip color, then apply my all over color. To make your lips look bigger, put highlighter in the very center.

Mynatt Park Engagement // Ben & Elizabeth

I had so much fun with Ben & Liz at our engagement session together in Mynatt Park out in the beautiful Smoky Mountains! Ben has many memories with his family hiking in the woods & playing in the creek out there and since meeting Liz, it has become a special place that they both share a fond love for. Though the fires destroyed many nearby homes in Gatlinburg, some right down the street, their precious family cabin was spared and I could tell they were extremely grateful to continue cherishing fun moments here as they start a family of their own. I hope you enjoy their sweet & playful engagement photos. These two are precious!

Ben & Liz, I am so happy for you both and excited for you to continue on your adventures together back in my home state of Florida! (:

XOXO, Suzy

Cade's Cove Engagement // Quinton & Victoria

When you meet Quinton & Torey, you'll immediately see what a playful love these two have together. They met at Carson Newman College Torey's freshman year - but as easily as these two met, they could have just as easily missed each other. Torey and a few friends were heading to the movies and just happened to cross paths with a cute baseball player named Quinton in the dorm lobby. With an invitation to join, he quickly changed out of his practice gear to come along for the ride!

"What drew me to Torey was her laugh," Quinton told me. Torey remembers that first night they met and how easily conversation came for the two of them - they talked for forever and it felt so natural. It wasn't long before the two were dating and inseparable, just loving life and doing everything together.

Now, almost 5 years later, these college sweethearts are getting hitched right here in Tennessee where they met. Family and friends will travel from Ohio to Florida to see them commit their lives to each other and begin a new adventure. Cheers to the future Yocoms, I am so excited for your special day coming in October!

I'm excited to share a few favorites from our time together at Cade's Cove. Enjoy!

xo,

Suzy

The sun was shining brightly without hardly a cloud in the sky, but the weather was still chilly & these two didn't have any problems cozying up to stay warm!

Cade's Cove is usually packed full of people, but we practically had the place to ourselves and enjoyed the relaxing river trickling by.

Torey is such a natural beauty & is going to be one stunning bride!

I can't handle those beautiful blue sapphires in her wedding ring.

Their sweet puppy named Patton got to come along for the ride too and was such a good sport! I can't wait to hang with this labrador/german shepherd mix on the wedding day, too. He loves his humans & they love him back!

The sunset on the mountains was the perfect ending to our afternoon together. Torey & Quinton, I can't wait for your special day in October and I am so honored to be your wedding photographer!

Gatlinburg, TN Family Portrait Session // The Schweigert Family

With a family this large, as hard as you try, it's difficult getting everybody together under the same roof at one time! Though this family lives split between two different cities in Florida, they set aside time to go on a vacation as a family to the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to get some quality time together hanging out, hiking, and catching up all in one place. Sometimes you have to get away to get together. (: Schweigerts, I love y'all to death and I'm so glad I got to capture some sweet moments of you all together! Come back to Tennessee soon!