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When you schedule an engagement session in the middle of March, you mentally prepare yourself for chilly wind and a few shivers, but we were blessed! This beautiful morning reminded me once again why I love living in the south! Allie and Griffin met us for engagement photos at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens for a bright, romantic session right in the middle of spring blooming season.

Allie and Griffin made it so easy for us. They’re absolutely adorable, for starters. We connected with each other right away and almost had to remind ourselves to stop talking and start shooting. I adore their love story, so I asked Allie to tell me more for this blog!

If you’re preparing for your own engagement photo session and you need help knowing what to wear, how to choose a location, and helpful tips and tricks, click for The Ultimate Engagement Photo Session Guide.

For now, let’s jump right into the Q+A with Allie!

How did you two meet and fall in love?

Allie: Griffin and I met out at a bar called Harwood Arms in Dallas on May 7th, 2022. We have a mutual friend who introduced us there. It was instant sparks and were immediately inseparable! We went on our first date that very next week and started dating shortly thereafter. 

The Rest of the Story

Allie: I have a small yorkie, Oliver. Griffin loved having a dog so much that he decided to get a mini Bernedoodle named Milo in January 2023. Oliver and Milo are the best of friends! After having two dogs we decided to move in together in April of 2023. From there, we then got a house to give our two boys a backyard and moved in on December 15 2023!

On November 26th, 2023, Griffin popped the question while we were out in Kiawah Island! We were surrounded by our families and had such a special weekend there. We could not be more excited to get married on new year’s eve this year!!

Wedding Plans

Allie: Our wedding will be in Oklahoma City on New year’s eve. We will be getting married at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. Our planner is Blair Sims Events, she is amazing! We are going for a moody romantic vibe with a very fun party reception and lots of dancing! 

Tell us about your engagement photos at the Dallas Arboretum

Allie: We took our engagement pictures at the Dallas Arboretum. It was our first time going there and it was gorgeous! Leslee was amazing! She made the process easy and so much fun! We can’t wait for more pictures with her on NYE!

dallas arboretum engagement photos by leslee layton

Until NYE!

I just loved capturing Allie and Griffin at the Dallas Arboretum! I can’t wait for their New Year’s Eve wedding!! It’s sure to be filled with laughter, love, and lots of dancing.

- madison

“She helped me throughout the entire engagement, even when I had questions that didn't have to do with videography! I worried about NOTHING my wedding day because she spent time laying out the day and made sure it was flawless, making sure I felt confident in everything! Most importantly, I felt like I came out of the engagement and wedding day with a new friend. If "infinite stars" was a choice, I would choose it - but I guess I'll settle with 5!!!”

"Not only is Leslee a joy to work with, she is extremely professional, and one of the kindest people I know!"

- blaire

"I've got nothing but compliments on the video, and I have nothing but compliments about her professionalism and kindness! She is the absolute sweetest person you will ever meet, and constantly strives to make your day perfect and meet your needs. I SO HIGHLY recommend Leslee for your videographer!”

"After one "get to know you" phone call, we were already good friends and I knew she'd do a great job!"

- jessica

"On my wedding day, I was worried it may be awkward having someone I don't know in the room while I was getting ready, but it was the complete opposite of that. She fit right in and was actually a really calming presence to have around. When we got our video, I watched it immediately over and over again and couldn't stop crying. It was so beautifully put together. We got SO many compliments on it. My brother didn't even cry when his own children were born and he teared up watching our wedding video!! That's how good Leslee is!”

"I don't even have the words to say how amazing Leslee is!"

- jessica

“She is insanely talented and was able to create a film that highlighted all of our favorite moments throughout the day and included all of our favorite people. I am so grateful that we chose Leslee as our videographer, and I couldn't recommend her enough. She has such a warm and calming presence and was so so sweet to work with.”

"After seeing our film and working with Leslee it was truly like she had known us for years"