I have a great afternoon engagement shoot by Diana Rush Photography to share with you, but first, I thought I'd tell you a funny story that I thought about while putting together these photos. As you will soon see, there is a horse in this engagement shoot. Many of you probably know that I have a very large soft spot for animals of all kinds, and honestly, it takes a lot for me to turn down anything with an animal in it. Not only that, but I have a "thing" about seeing pets and animals in movies and on TV. It doesn't matter if he's the main "character" or just a random dog tagging along with the group for a few minutes, I get so freaking anxious just thinking that maybe the animal is going to end up getting hurt at some point. Really, really anxious...Plus, did I mention that I'm a crier? So yeah, a lot of times, I cry at the mere thought that an animal that I'm watching is going to get hurt. Case in point? That movie How to Train Your Dragon. I cried throughout the entire movie because I just loved that freaking dragon so much and I just knew that the vikings were going to find out about him and try to hurt him at some point!
Anyway, I'm not sure that I've ever mentioned this before, but my husband loves zombie movies. His favorite to this day is Dawn of the Dead, and as much as I avoid having to watch anything so nasty and gory, there are times when I do give in and let him watch his zombies kill one another. I figure I can use it on him later when I'm in the mood for a romantic comedy ;) A few weeks ago, Dale and I started watching a show called The Walking Dead, which follows this small group of human survivors who fight zombies, as the "Walking dead" continue multiply and take over the world. In the first season, there's a scene where the lead male character decides to take a horse that he's found on a farm so that he can get through the city to look for his wife and kid. As soon as the dude rode off with the horse, that anxiousness that I was telling you about set in. He rides into the city, which is, of course, overrun with zombies. I have my hands covering my eyes as soon as I realize what's coming, and within minutes, the worst happens, and the zombies start eating the horse alive! Oh, and they show it. I have my eyes closed, but just the thought of it happening has me crying. Having seen this same scenario happen more than a few times, my husband knows to mute the TV so that I can't hear it, and tells me when I can look again. But it doesn't matter. I'm hysterical at the thought of that poor animal dying! I know that I sound kind of mental, and in all seriousness, I know that the horse really didn't get hurt, but that never seems to matter to me at the time! Haha, I'm not sure why this totally sweet and lovely engagement shoot made me think of a zombie show, besides the fact that there's a horse in some of the photos, but I figured I'd share :)
Basically though, I love animals, and that's part of the reason that I love this beautiful, happy and completely zombie-free engagement shoot! I think that it's safe to assume that the couple featured, Nathan and Melissa, both share my sentiments on the subject of horses, as well! Mixing their love of horses and the great outdoors, the couple chose the Red Horse Barn in Southern California as the venue for their engagement shoot. While there, Nathan and Melissa's photographer, Diana captured some great shots of them both hanging around the stables and then exploring the bumpy trails surrounding the barn venue. You'll also notice that in one of the photos below, Nathan is wearing his fatigues, as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Nathan actually proposed to Melissa just before he left for training, and is currently (and bravely) serving in Afghanistan. I wish them both a very long, healthy and happy life together :)
Equestrian Style Engagement Shoot at the Stables - Vendors & Credits