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April & Jarod’s Engagement Session at Wormsloe Plantation

I met with April and Jarod at Wormsloe Plantation. April is originally from Warner Robbins and Jarod is from Greenville. They are both Physicians at Memorial Hospital and both now call Savannah home. For this session, the weather was perfect  and we had the best time enjoying the historical scenery and taking photos.  Its always a treat to shoot at Wormsloe and its a magnificent location for anyone who seeks a natural backdrop for their portraits. April and Jarod are amazing together and so in love—it was fun to spend the morning photographing them!


How did you meet? We both met in residency. We realized we had similar experiences and interests at an intern mixer before we started working. We worked as interns together on a ward team with Dr. Baxter. We were close friends and also went to church together at Lifebridge. During our intern year, we had the same vacation week which just happened to be at Disney. (this was not planned). We met both our families and instantly clicked. It was almost “meant to be” as some people have said to us. Our friendship turned into dating the following year when Jarod gathered the courage to ask me to be his girlfriend. (He was pretty nervous) Jarod was born in Sulphur Springs, TX and grew up in Greenville, SC. April was born in Charleston, SC and grew up in Warner Robins, GA. We both currently work as Resident Physicians at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, GA.

What made you decide on Savannah for your engagement session? We both live and work in Savannah and we love the beautiful scenery that Savannah provides. It only made sense for our engagement session to be here.

What do you like most about Savannah? What are some of your favorite things to do and places to visit that you recommend to others? Savannah has a lot to offer from historical sites to great restaurants. We love the beach and spend many summer days on Tybee island. We love the many delicious restaurants including the Olde Pink House and Alligator Soul. A ghost tour or pub crawl is also a must for any visitor to Savannah.

Tell us about your proposal: We are both huge Disney fans. Most people know our family obsession with Mickey Mouse, Wine and Dine festival at epcot, Run Disney, etc. On this particular Saturday, we were taking our friend Felicia on a whirlwind tour of all the Disney World parks in one day. We wanted to show her the highlights of the parks since she had not been able to go to them during the Wine and Dine Half Marathon last fall. It was around 10:30 am and we had already been to Hollywood Studios. Jarod was sort of quiet that morning and wouldn’t eat much for breakfast. If you know Jarod well enough, you know that isn’t him. Haha.  We were on our way to Animal Kingdom to meet up with my parents.  As we were walking into the park we stopped at the bridge overlooking the Tree of Life for a picture. This is where he first held my hand when we started dating (Yes I remember these things). Jarod and I posed for a picture with the “Tree of Life” as our background by the Disney photographer. My parents met up with us there.  As I prepared to walk off he stopped me and said he had one more thing…of course I was giving him this confused look, thinking it is for another picture. I was anxious at this point to go ride roller coasters! He then started talking about how we first started dating and how much he loved me. He got down on one knee and opened a box with a beautiful ring! He asked “Will you marry me?” I was shocked. My family and friend Felicia were cheering , along with a ton of other people who had gathered to watch. Of course I said yes as tears rolled down my face. It was very sweet and thoughtful. I was very happy to have my family and friends there.