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Snuggles and S’mores – Jules & Chuck – Indiana Engagement Photographer

This engagement session is going to make you want to curl up by the fire and roast a marshmallow. Jules and Chuck are two amazing, loving people that you can’t help but smile when they’re around. They wanted a beautiful engagement with all the fall colors and a bonfire at the end. Their session was just like them; playful, warm and full of love and laughter.

Their session began at the studio for hair and makeup. The three of us talked about their wedding plans, house plunders and their adorable puppies. I knew from the start that it was going to be a fantastic day!

We left the studio and drove down to Swan Lake Resort. The resort was kind enough to let us use their grounds for the session and we couldn’t be more thankful. The trees still had tons of color and we had the place to ourselves. We started with a fun walk in the woods by the log cabins.

These two are so cute! ☺️


I told them to put their hats on each other. Very entertaining. 🤣🤣🤣

Look at all that color! 🍂

Jules and Chuck snuggled in the woods while I hid behind a very thorny bush. 😊

As we were walking around the parking lot, I noticed how clear the water was and that it was making a perfect reflection of the sky. The tree directly across from us had leaves of every color so I had Jules and Chuck walk to the other side and stand near the water. Grace lit them from the side to separate from the background and make them (and their reflection) pop! 🙂

Dancing in the leaves. 🍁

Jules and Chuck changed into their second outfit and we walked to the golf course side of the resort. The tall grass proved to be the perfect spot for Jules’ ring. 💍

Love! 💕

These two are like peanut butter and jelly… perfect match! ❤️

Jules and Chuck were really hoping for some golden hour photos but the sun was no where to be found. No worries cause I brought the sun with me. Using light with a golden gel, I was able to give them that gorgeous glow they were wanting. 🥹

Wow! 🤩

Crazy enough, just a few minutes later, the sun popped out behind the clouds. The best of both worlds.

These two have got it going on! 😎

I love a good sun flare! ☀️

These are my favorite from the day! 🥰

I mean, come on! 🤩🤩🤩

As I took the last photo, the rain let loose. Funny enough, we got locked out of the resort and I had to run around the entire golf course, looking for a way in while Jules and Chuck hid under the gazebo.

Our final stop was at their home for a very cozy bonfire. As Chuck was getting the fire going, I decided to do something crazy with Jules’ ring. With the fire glowing behind it, I placed the ring on a s’mores sandwich. Definitely different but it really spoke to the uniqueness of the session. Both myself and the ring were pretty sticky afterwards. 🤣

As the evening came to an end, Jules and Chuck roasted marshmallows in their backyard. 🔥

Things got a little silly! 🙃

The perfect ending to the perfect session! 😊

To Jules & Chuck – Thank you for such a fun day! I’m so thrilled to be apart of this journey with you. I can tell we have a lot in common and are going to have a blast every step of the way. Can’t wait for our double date night! All my love – S

To see their full session, click here.


Photography: Sarah Sage Photography LLC

HMU: Ashley Urban Artistry

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