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Hot Air Balloon Engagement Photography : Emily + Andrew : Statesville NC

Deevo Tindall - Friday, September 12, 2014

Panoramic view of the baloon taking off with the photographer and the love birds inside Getting the weather to cooperate for Emily and Andrew's hot air balloon ride engagement session was somewhat of a challenge, but on the third attempt, we finally got it right! We're so glad they stuck it out and were able to take their first ever balloon ride with Fusion and the team at Cool Springs Hot Air Balloon rides in Statesville, NC.

Cool Springs offers so much more than just Hot Air balloon rides, the surrounding forest is something out of Robin Hood

She kissed him on the cheek in the middle of the pathway.  So cute

Whenever we travel up to Cool Springs for a hot air balloon ride, the ride of course is the main attraction, however they have such great land up there, we can't help but wander around to take photos. They have a great old barn out back with fantastic wood grain that makes great texture for backgrounds. We took some goofy photos out back at this barn while Emily and Andrew were getting warmed up. They were a great couple to shoot with because they kept joking around and giving us some really big smiles. After a few photos out by the barn, we headed back into the woods. We're not going to lie, it was a little creepy at times and there were a lot of rustling animals back there, plus Deevo had just gotten over almost stepping on a copperhead a few weeks before. But we're so glad we did because the cool colors in the photos were really great and when the warm sun came through it just popped.

Let's take a ride on this tree swing

Emily and Andrew have great chemistry and it shows in their photography

On to the main event! The weather was hot and sticky while we were up north of Charlotte shooting Emily and Andrew's engagement session, and when the hot air balloon was blown up it was all that much hotter. Emily and Andrew were huge troopers trudging through the heat. We love this photo inside the balloon before take off! Once in the balloon, it's pretty tight quarters, but the view is amazing. They say it feels like you're just barely gliding along.

Inside the balloon as it starts to deflate, the heated helium is overwhelming

The Cool Springs team timed the flight just right so that Emily and Andrew got some amazing views at sunset. While Emily, Andrew and Deevo were up in the balloon, MK stayed on the ground with Kristie as they attempted to follow the balloon's flight path. It's a complicated art, but with over 30 years of experience, we have to say the Cool Springs team knows exactly what they're doing! Way to go!

engagement photography in a hot air balloon in Cool Springs NC

Hot air balloon coming in for the landing, Emily breath is taken away

Safe on the ground - at last

I am not going to lie, I love hot air balloon rides, but this one was a bit harrowing, and I lost my $200 paid of shades, we almost landed on the 77 freeway in the middle of traffic and nearly took out Ms. Dawkins in her double-wide.  In the end, we did land safely, thanks solely to the expertise flight engineer and a little bit of luck.  Thanks Emily, Andrew, and everyone at Cool Springs for an amazing engagement session! We couldn't have done it without you and we can't wait to do it again! We'll see Emily and Andrew in just a few short weeks at their wedding in at the Uptown Mint Museum.



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