Happy 4th of July everyone! It's with great pleasure I write this entry to share the engagement session of Courtney & Scott. Last year, when Lorin from VermontWeddings invited me to participate in 'A Salute To Our Soldiers', it was a no-brainer. In a sea of Vermont wedding photographers, it was an honor to receive the invitation to participate in this meaningful event. I was thrilled! A Salute to Our Soldiers is a contest to win a $70,000 dream wedding for one lucky military couple in the USA. Out of over 80 couples nationwide, Courtney and Scott were chosen as the winners after submitting their amazing love story. Both of them grew up in Vermont and served in the Vermont National Guard. In 2010 they were both were deployed to Afghanistan where Courtney worked as a mechanic and Scott was an infantry man in the Alpha Company. They barely knew each other at that point. On May 22d that year, Scott's truck was hit by a rocket and Scott suffered a broken back, lacerated kidneys, a ruptured spleen and a collapsed lung. The truck was sent to Courtney for repairs, and when she saw it she thought, "whoever was in the truck probably didn't make it". Scott was sent to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC where his recovery would be long and slow. It was from there that he got in touch with Courtney through Facebook and asked her to come visit him. She thought, "no way am I going to spend my leave in a hospital"...but he offered to pay for her trip and she decided to take a chance and visit him. In Courtney's words, "when I saw him that day, I knew I had made the right decision and that we were going to get married someday". Their story is truly remarkable and this dream wedding couldn't have been given to a more deserving couple. It was such a pleasure getting to know Courtney and Scott during their engagement session. They are both incredible individuals and also the nicest people you could ever meet! This slideshow features some of my favorite images from the day as well as music that I wrote and recorded specifically to accompany the slideshow. We started the engagement session at Camp Johnson for some fun images incorporating the same model tank that Scott drove in. Check out the photos of Courtney making Scott do push-ups...so funny! From there I surprised them with a stop at a friend's house who was kind enough to let us borrow his 1964 Ford Mustang convertible for some super cool images. This car is one of the very first Mustangs ever made by Ford...a true American classic and a huge bonus for our photo shoot! From there we finished up w/some romantic sunset images by a barn and a grassy meadow...iconic Vermont! After the shoot we shared a few beers and lots of laughs as the sunset turned to a night sky. I'm proud to call Courtney and Scott my friends and am looking forward to seeing them in the future. Congratulations on winning the wedding you so deserve and I wish you both all the very best!

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