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Melissa & Jonathan | Buckhead Atlanta W Hotel Engagement Session

Engaged couple kissing on stairs by bar shot from above at Atlanta W hotel engagement

Some people meet at school, others through friends. A few people meet through social media like Facebook or even sites like E-Harmony, but how many people do you know meet through World of Warcraft!? Not many. At least I haven’t…..until I met Melissa and Jonathan. Yes. They met amongst the battles of the virtual war, states apart, Melissa in Atlanta and Jon in Delaware.  They started a long-distance relationship without ever meeting until one day when Melissa flew to Philadelphia to meet Jon for the first time. Three years later after some school, some life, and Jon moving to Atlanta, they were engaged!Engaged couple standing in hotel lobby with sunset behind them at Atlanta W hotel engagement

So here is how it happened. Jon left for New York from Atlanta on a Tuesday on business. Their plan was for Melissa to fly into Philly on Friday and Jon would drive his rental down to pick her up from the airport. Well, business and traffic can be a nightmare, so Melissa was asked to take the train from the airport to Doylestown. Jon made sure to tell her not to get on the moving walkway outside the gate since the train station entrance was before the walkway ended.

Meanwhile…….Jon is not in New York. He’s been in PA the whole time and is now braving Philly traffic to get to the airport to meet her. Melissa’s flight was scheduled to land at 4:20. Jon made it there at 3:55. Plenty of time, right?! Well, perhaps for the first time in Philadelphia history her plane was early. She landed at about 3:50 and sent Jon a text that she was there.

Engaged couple with drinks sitting on teal couch with large wood vines at Atlanta W hotel engagement

I know! This sounds like some crazy movie, but it’s not over yet.

Once Melissa saw where she needed to go, she made a beeline for it avoiding the moving sidewalk as Jon had suggested. As she’s en route, she glanced to her left to see a man with a sign in front of his face. “Does that say ‘Bloomquist?”, she thought. She slowed down long enough to realize that, yes, her last name was on the sign. The man lowers it from his face as she walked towards him…..and there was Jon!

She asked Jon what he was doing there and that’s when he handed her a framed poem given to him by his grandmother 20 years ago. The poem was about honoring his family name and she realized with shock what was happening (and the tears started flowing).

Engaged couple sitting on purple couch looking out window at Atlanta W hotel engagement

It was there, in that very spot, three years earlier they had first laid eyes on each other. Jon dropped to one knee and asked if Melissa would honor him by taking his family name and being his bride. He opened a little black box and presented her with the most gorgeous ring she had ever seen.

She said yes!

So, that is the story of how we got to where we are now, shooting Melissa and Jonathan’s engagement session at the Buckhead W Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. That is also why there are photos of the two of them playing video games. Probably not the fluffy engagement session you typically might see. Maybe a little flirty……even a little risqué, but definitely awesome.

Close up of engaged couple smiling at each other on purple couch at Atlanta W hotel engagementClose up of engaged couple kissing while sitting on couch at Atlanta W hotel engagementGirl behind guy sitting at table in dark hotel room at Atlanta W hotel engagementGirl sitting on purple chair with Atlanta skyline in background at Atlanta W hotel engagementSexy girl laying on couch in dark hotel room at Atlanta W hotel engagementGirl laying on couch with guy walking up taking off his jacket at Atlanta W hotel engagementSilhouette of engaged couple sitting on couch about to kiss with Atlanta skyline in background at Atlanta W hotel engagementEngaged couple on purple couch pushing each other while playing videos games at Atlanta W hotel engagementGirl pushing guy to cheat playing video games on purple couch at Atlanta W hotel engagementEngagement couple playing video games on purple couch with orange light at Atlanta W hotel engagementEngagement couple kissing while playing video games on purple couch at Buckhead W Hotel engagement session

My name is Matt Druin and I’m an Atlanta wedding photographer that specializes in unique, offbeat weddings for all awesome people! Not only do I shoot amazing Atlanta weddings, but I also travel frequently for destination weddings, and weddings all over, with no travel fees in the US for amazing wedding photography. I also shoot Atlanta engagement sessions for newly engaged couples. I’ve even been known to travel, and far, for engagement sessions too!

Contact Atlanta Wedding Photographer Matthew Druin

Email [email protected]

Phone 678-551-0115

Address 225 Parkway 575 #66 Woodstock, Georgia 30188



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  • MichelleMarch 18, 2013 - 6:33 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!! This is so saucy and hot! Totally unique and different. :)ReplyCancel

  • Shai SmithMarch 18, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    This is easily my favorite shoot of yours, so far!ReplyCancel

  • KristenMarch 18, 2013 - 7:53 pm

    Holy hell!! This engagement session is incredible. I LOVE everything about it. Seriously. And what an amazing engagement story too!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany ChatterjeeMarch 18, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    Ah I love them all!! So cool and sexy guys…can’t wait for the wedding! :)ReplyCancel

  • Matthew DruinMarch 19, 2013 - 8:09 am

    Wow! Thanks for all the great comments everyone. :DReplyCancel

  • JonMarch 20, 2013 - 11:31 am

    Your work is amazing Matt! Thank you for lending your considerable talent to our special day. We had a blast! It was great working with you and we’re looking forward to the 13th of September! Be well! ~jonReplyCancel

  • Matthew DruinMarch 21, 2013 - 11:26 am

    Thanks Jon! I’m glad you guys had such a great time! I did as well and thanks for letting me be a part of your special day. :)ReplyCancel

  • ErikAugust 15, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    Very fun idea for an engagement session. Love when the engagement session fits the couple. Great use of the cool color palette.ReplyCancel

  • Matthew DruinAugust 15, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Thanks a lot Erik, I really appreciate it!ReplyCancel

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