Skyline Drive Engagement Session at Shenandoah National Park | Megan and Ryan (and Mina)

 Shenandoah National Park engagement photos | Skyline Drive engagement photographer | Megan Rei Photography

I am SUPER excited to share these photos for so many reasons! 1) There’s an adorable dog. 2) There’s hiking at Shenandoah National Park (my favorite place). And 3) this shoot almost didn’t happen due to thunderstorms, but we made it work and it totally paid off. We captured some of my favorite engagement pictures ever!

Megan and Ryan love hiking together (and so does their pup Mina), so meeting up at Shenandoah was the perfect plan. Know what was NOT part of our perfect plan? Those pesky summer evening thunderstorms. We watched the forecast in the week leading up to the session and even that morning, and storm chances all seemed to be going down! Woohoo! It looked like storms would pass through the area before we got there and we’d be in the clear.

But alas, Mother Nature had other plans for us. As I pulled into the first overlook on Skyline Drive, rain drops started to hit my windshield. I hoped the clouds would pass by before Megan and Ryan arrived, but no such luck. When they pulled up next to me, it was an absolute downpour! So instead of starting the 3-mile hike we had planned, we hung out in their car chatting about our dogs for 45 minutes as we waited for the storm to pass.

We decided to alter our hiking plans (we were worried about finishing while it was still daylight), but thankfully Shenandoah has TONS of spots for photos! So we drove down Skyline Drive a bit and found a new location that worked out perfectly. Just look at these views!

 Engagement pictures with dog at overlook in Shenandoah National Park
 Rescue dog with hiking at Shenandoah National Park | Luray Wedding Photographer
 Hiking engagement session in Shenandoah National Parl, Luray Virginia Photographer
 Best dog hiking trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains | Luray Virginia Photographer
 Enjoying the view off Skyline Drive with their dog
 Happy engaged couple on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park | Luray Wedding Photographer
 Romantic engagement pictures in the Blue Ridge Mountains
 Candid engagement photography in Shenandoah National Park
 Hiking with dogs in Shenandoah Blue Ridge Mountains
 Hiking engagement session in Luray, Virginia
 Dog friendly hike and engagement photo shoot in Shenandoah National Park
 Hiking shoes on the rocks of Skyline Drive overlook
 Smiling engagement picture in the Blue Ridge Mountains | Shenandoah Wedding Photographer

While it wasn’t the exact trek we had planned, we were able to hike a small portion of the Appalachian Trail! Mina absolutely LOVED smelling everything and eating all of the grass along the trail - something I am very familiar with when it comes to hiking with my dog haha.

 Hiking engagement photos along the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park
 Engagement pictures for hikers with their dog
 Dog photography along the trail in Shenandoah National Park
 A kiss in the woods
 Engagement pictures in the forest
 Dog engagement photos while hiking in Shenandoah National Park
 Outdoorsy engaged couple with their dog at an overlook on Skyline Drive

As we hiked back towards the trailhead, we started to hear the rumble of thunder again. We definitely picked up the pace at that point! By the time we got to our cars, it had started to sprinkle. We checked the radar (thankfully we were getting service at this point!) and it said we had 10 minutes before it was going to pour on us again. So Megan and Ryan did a quick outfit change, and we squeezed in a few more pictures!

 Happy dog with her engaged parents during their adventurous engagement shoot
 Mountain engagement pictures in the Blue Ridge Mountains | Adventure engagement photography
 Dog lovers engagement at Skyline Drive overlook | Megan Rei Photography
 Skyline Drive overlook engagement | Shenandoah Wedding Photographer
 Engagement pictures with dog in the misty Blue Ridge Mountains
 Mountain clouds and mist in Shenandoah National Park | Outdoorsy engagement shoot

The sprinkles turned into steady rain, so it was time to break out the umbrella. I always have a bunch of these clear umbrellas in my trunk for just such an occasion!

 Cuddling under an umbrella on the trail in Shenandoah | Luray Photographer
 Rainy engagement pictures at an overlook in Shenandoah National Park
 Kissing under an umbrella on the rocks off of Skyline Drive | Luray Virginia Photographer
 Happy engaged couple, smiling despite the rain during their engagement session
 Leaning in for a kiss | Romantic engagement pictures in the rain
 Looking out over the Shenandoah Valley

And since we were finishing up, Megan and Ryan decided it didn't really matter at this point if they got drenched! So we ditched the umbrella and got a few more rainy photos before calling it a night.

 Engaged couple laughing in the rain on Skyline Drive | Shenandoah National Park engagement session
 Cuddling in the rain for engagement pictures
 Engagement ring shot in rainy engagement session
 An engagement session kiss in the rain on Skyline Drive | Shenandoah National Park Photographer

Couldn't have asked for a better couple to hike around Shenandoah with! I cannot wait for their wedding next month (and Mina's going to be there too)!