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We know lots of you pretty ladies are recently engaged, and so decided it was high time to feature another engagement or two. Speaking of “high time,” meet Natalie + Jantzen, who had a high flying time with Nancy Ray at their recent photo shoot! The historic home pictured belonged to Jantzen’s grandfather, and now belongs to Jantzen’s whole family. It’s where his mother grew up with her — wait for it — 26 brothers and sisters!!

Jantzen and many of his family members have a passion for aviation — there’s even a runway in front of the house! No wonder, then, that Jantzen’s uncle decided to pop in to the session with his plane for a few more photo opportunities!

One more awesome fact about this couple? From Nancy’s blog: “Natalie told me that when Jantzen proposed, he gave her tickets to the Oprah Show! She has always wanted to be at an Oprah show live (it was on her “bucket list”), and since this was her last season, her sweet fiancé made it happen. Here’s the kicker: she attended Oprah’s show called “A Fairytale Wedding.” The audience was filled with hand-picked brides from all over the country, and each of them left with a free honeymoon and a Vera Wang dress!

How’s that for a fabulous start to an engagement? Congratulations to Natalie + Jantzen — thanks for allowing us to share your photos!

Wait, what’s that in the sky?

Thanks again to Miss Nancy Ray for sharing this session with us! See more on her blog here and here.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Erin reply

    26 brothers and sisters? Yowza! However, the newly-engaged couple looks so happy and completely head-over-heels–it’s shining through their smiles! I love the picture of them and the puppy dog :) What a beautiful collection of photos!

  2. avatar Katherine {flower & honey} reply

    this couple seems super sweet :) love the photo of them inside the plane!

  3. avatar Molly reply

    How neat. Beautiful pictures and love the plane!

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  5. avatar Sara Davis reply

    Nancy Ray Photography is amazing!!! I love this unique session! Perfect.

  6. avatar Ruth Eileen reply

    loved this session Nancy! as always beautiful work!! :)

  7. avatar Kristen reply

    Love you Nancy! Always great work!

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  9. avatar Kennly at Best Wedding Planning Book reply

    Great photos! Natalie and Jantzen look so real and happy. Having the plane in the shoot is pretty great too! That’s definitely not something you see every day.

  10. avatar jane and paul phillips reply

    Fabulous photos of this so spppppeccciiiallll couple in love and with Memphis….got to have him some photos too. I love all the various settings and and the family history about the house, and aviation and Jantzen. They depict Natalie and Jantzen so well and the love they have found in each other.
    I love the color and the black and white…so good!!!!!!!!!!
    Our prayer and wish for them is that their love is just the beginning of a happiness that is even unimaginable……..grow old along with me , the best is yet to be…….love, Aunt Jane and Uncle Paul

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