Carolina Inn Engagement Photos | Chapel Hill, NC | Pan and Yan Xin
It's very infrequent, and by infrequent I mean never, that I get a call from a couple in Singapore who are looking to have some Carolina Inn engagement photos.
But that is exactly what happened when Pan and Yan Xin reached out to me to share their story and what they were looking for in their engagement photos.
From the very get go they were so warm and welcoming, as we shared an hour together via Skype. I really wanted to get to know them on a real intimate level, because they met at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill during grad school and were going to fly back to celebrate their relationship and upcoming wedding with a session around the city and their alma mater that brought them together.
This was no ordinary engagement session.
We got to talking about what having each other truly meant to them, not just "Yan Xin is loving" or "Pan is funny" or "we are into the same things". I mean the real centering we all feel with that person in our lives. The piece, which is them, that makes us feel whole.
Pan told me that Yan Xin just had this innate ability to know when he was stressed out and that he simply needed her.
And her way of showing that was by sitting with him on their couch and just holding his hand.
Before we started talking about this, Pan was very energetic and assertive, but when he really started to go into that feeling of Yan Xin centering him, he slowed down and his demeanor changed from energetic to peaceful and humble. It was so amazing and so heartwarming to see.
When I asked Yan Xin the same question, she shared that with Pan that she never had to worry about anything. He just took care of her to such a degree, that she always feels so at ease and safe with him.
I mentioned that it must be such a relief to know that she is always first in his mind, and she laughed and turned away from the camera on their computer.
It was hard not to laugh with her.
When we finally met in person for their Carolina Inn engagement photos, they were dressed impeccably - Pan in a fitted suit and Yan Xin in a beautiful wedding dress. This was hands down the most well dress engagement session I had ever done and I wasn't upset about it.
Through their session they took me through the UNC campus and part of The Carolina Inn that had special meaning to them, places they had shared moments and first introductions. It was like walking through a window into their lives.
Pan couldn't stop smiling the entire time and Yan Xin kept making fun of him, telling him he was smiling like an idiot.
But it was clear it had nothing to do with me holding a camera, it had everything to do with flying half way around the world to be in this space with her again.
So after a walk around the Carolina Inn, the UNC campus, a broken heel, a tromp through some tall grass and a whole lot of laughter, we wrapped up. And from that time, this is what we were able to make and I think it suited their story just perfectly!