Kurt & Carley : Engagement | McGowan Images Blog


Kurt & Carley : Engagement

Carley & Kurt are very newly engaged, and we were so excited to get to spend some time with them recently while the celebration is fresh. I especially love that they made a date day out of their engagement session… spending the hours leading up to picture time exploring a new city together, and just enjoying one another’s company. We were blessed with a gorgeous sunny afternoon, and I just LOVE the feeling in these images… spring is just around the corner!

These portraits were scheduled relatively last minute, because not only are Carley & Kurt newly engaged, but Carley just found out that she has breast cancer. She will be undergoing chemo treatments soon, with surgery scheduled in the future. She knows her body and hair are likely to change over the next few months, and wanted to take engagement portraits before all those changes start. To see the way Kurt holds her & encourages her is so wonderful. This couple has a long road ahead of them, but with such a strong & solid love for each other, and incredibly positive attitudes, I know they’re going to kick cancer’s butt. TOGETHER.

If you want to follow along with Carley’s journey, she gave me permission to share the link to the blog she recently started. CLICK HERE. I know I’ll be reading along with her, and praying every day that her treatments are successful. I think having a wedding is probably the very best way in the world to celebrate beating cancer! 🙂

Here are my favorite images from this sunny, snuggly session!

Carley’s bright blue dress was so perfect in this setting… I nearly stole it right offa her, but then she’d have had a long drive home naked, and I figured it might sour our working relationship. 🙂

WHOA. Smoulder much?

The color of Carley’s eyes is just crazy gorgeous!

We had to hike through a few brambles to get to this spot, but it was so completely worth it. When we’ve shot in this area before, this spot was all completely underwater! I’ll never wish for a drought, but if we’ve got to have one, at least it uncovers gems like this!


You two are so adorable together. Thank you for digging out all that PDA and spending the evening with us. You are in our prayers as you embark on this new journey together, and we know you are going to be triumphant. We can’t wait to hear all about the wedding when you start planning!

  1. All of these are stunning, what a beautiful couple and a beautiful LOVE. And Carley, I absolutely love that dress! Great job McG’s.

  2. Jackie Moss says:

    BAWLED my eyes out before I even saw an image. I can relate to Carley so much that it hurts my heart. BUT they look so beautifully in love and she is absolutely stunning. I’ve already added this pretty couple to our prayer list.

  3. Kylie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous couple, and just as stunning images. Wow! And you’re right on the dress, to die for! I was thinking that as soon as I saw it, then you said it! Praying for nothing but good things for this happy couple.

  4. Claire says:

    LOVE!!! I really want to know where her dress is from. 🙂 Beautiful couple.

  5. CMcG says:

    Ladies, she said the dress was from Dillard’s! Hopefully she’ll comment and give us a designer. 🙂

  6. Kathy says:

    She sure does have beautiful eyes!

  7. Sophie says:

    This warmed my heart big time. True love at it’s finest. What an incredible story, and may The Lord be with them during this phase of life for her, as well as after for her to remain in remission. God Bless these two, thank you for sharing Chels. Every struggle has it’s purpose and the power of prayer is AMAZING!!!! May this be the beginning to some of the best times of their lives. God is good.

  8. Gorgeous pictures! Praying that Carley has a full recovery and extra grace during treatment. What a better way to prove that this relationship is built to last then to tackle a big challenge head-on at the very beginning. Wishing them all the best.

  9. Amber B. says:

    Carley love you are stunning!! These pics will be cherished forever and I mean forever because you will Beat Cancer! I have a friend that beat breast cancer and another friend that just beat cancer for the 3rd time and it’s gone for good! Y’all are so in love and I know you’ll get through this 😉 I’m a prayer warrior and I’ll pray for y’all!

  10. Kevin says:

    Gotta love a couple that can give a good “smolder” pic! Best wishes for the couple!!!

  11. amy says:

    wowza! they look amazing!!! good luck to her on her journey.. will be praying for her!!!!!!

  12. Oh my goodness! These are a thousand times better than I could have ever imagined!! Chelsea and Mack, you guys are the best!!

    About the dress – I did get it at Dillards after much searching, the brand is called Signature by Robbie Lee, I found it on the second floor of Dillards in North Park. Hope that helps 🙂

  13. Deanna Fava says:

    Girl, you have the most beautiful blue yes! And only eyes for Kurt.

  14. Mad says:

    This is such a beautiful session! Carley’s eyes are stunning! I love the side by side B&W/color profile close-ups.

  15. abby says:

    These are gorgeous!! I agree with all the other girls, that dress is beautiful!! These two deserve all the happiness in the world and I will be praying for them both! Kick cancer’s butt!!

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