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April 20, 2015

Raven & Willie { The Time The Dog Ate The Engagement Ring }

Newport News VA Wedding Photographer

So I know this title is a little extreme…

And I will get to the story behind this… So just be sure to follow along!

Before each engagement session we always send out a very detailed questionnaire to both the bride to be as well as the groom to be.  I love doing this because it gives us a chance to get to hear both sides of the story.   It is also fun because when we compare them side by side most of the time the forms are almost identical!  This makes us happy because this means that the couple is on que with one another and know each other really well.

When I met with Raven & Willie, they told me he might be finishing it up the day of the session… As he likes to procrastinate… Well he did good and finished it about a week before.  Raven had hers done I think the night I sent it over.  🙂

As I was reading over theirs I literally laughed out loud!  One question we ask is what dreams do they have together for their future.  Willie’s response was so funny.  Sweet… but funny.  He mentioned that just growing up together and spending their life together would be enough… That’s the sweet part!  Then he mentioned kids but wasn’t sure because him and Raven are terrified of babies.  ( This is where I busted out laughing).  I asked Raven this and she assured me they are very scared of little ones.  Older ones they can handle and find fun… It’s those little newborns that scare the heeby Jeebys out of them…. But you know what… I think most newborns scare young couples.  So I definitely get it!

These two are the definition of High School Sweethearts.  They met in the 9th grade at Heritage High School and were inseparable since.  In Raven’s words..

“I knew he was the one when we were Seniors in high school. I always said he was the one that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. He was the most caring, loving person in world. But of course at 17 we had our trials and I lost that thought of him being “the one” then one day during college, my sophomore year. I had what I called an epiphany and I just couldn’t imagine my life without him. Like the thought of him not there hurt. So thats when I knew, knew.”

We met up with these two at their old Stomping grounds at Heritage.  We ended up finishing the Shoot at Hunting Park… Who Knew Huntington could be so beautiful???

And before I end… I have to share why this session will be etched in my memory as long as I am a photographer….

Willie and Raven have this lovable pup named Costa.  He is a 10 month old Chocolate Lab.  Labs are seriously some of the best dogs around and very easy to train…

Well they have been training Costa with treats on the nose.  And it came up about doing a Ring Shot on the dogs nose.  After several approvals from both Willie & Raven… We began.

Ring Shots are hard enough.  But on a puppy’s nose.. I will have to say they are even more difficult.

Costa is trained to grab the treat when Raven & Willie Say

And So we placed the ring on the Costa’s Nose….


Before we knew it….

Costa ATE the ring….

Well… It got almost down his throat before Willie dug it back up with his quick ninja reflexes.

Let’s just say I had a heart attack right there.

I almost died!

And then… Raven being so awesome and living on the edge… Wanted to do it again!

So Luke being braver than I am…

Tried again…

and again…

And unfortunately we just couldn’t get the shot.  🙁

But again… This shoot will be one that I will ALWAYS remember and tell others about that time that the dog almost swallowed the engagement ring!

*And now I will be training Thor this trick… So maybe we can try it again!









Heritage High School Engagement Session

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The Time The Dog Ate The Engagement Ring

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The Time The Dog Ate The Engagement Ring



  1. Alta

    April 21st, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Luke and Ashley I love this session! You two never disappoint.

  2. Ashley Beasley

    April 21st, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Awww Alta! Your making us blush! It definitely helps when we have such AMAZING couples! 🙂

  3. Karen

    April 22nd, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Oh my goodness! What a story! Great photos-great looking couple!

  4. Ashley Beasley

    April 23rd, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Thank You Karen!

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