Melissa and Ben had a few mutual friends but it wasn’t until they both attended a wedding where they met and the sparks starting flying. Melissa was attracted to tall, funny Ben and was so ready to hang out with him outside of the wedding. Melissa was living in Atlanta at the time and Ben was in Orlando but after making some plans, one weekend together in Georgia confirmed that these two were meant for each other. Ben and Melissa recently moved to Tampa to start their lives on the West coast of Florida and will be getting married in February. Melissa is a super talented singer and toured with the wonderful band Bellarive before recently joining the worship team at Van Dyke Church. Their engagement session was held at Indian Rocks Beach because the beach is such a special place for them. They love to spend their free time in the sand and Ben proposed at Clearwater over the summer! This session was filled with so much joy and laughter. I drove away from the session with a huge smile on my face!! So happy to share these images with you!
Thank you Orange Blossom Bride for featuring this beachy engagement session!
Over the weekend, David and I got to take a mini getaway to Texas to visit some family and friends! We got to see my sweet Aunt Kathy and my cousin Chad and his fiancee Alissa in Houston. I love when we are all able to get together!! Our family has had a really hard year. Actually, really hard is an understatement. But we’ve been able to grow closer through it and I’m so glad to see Chad so happy with his soon to be Bride. I loved being able to take these engagement photos for my cousin! We had to work around the rainy weather and the quick sunset but I think we got some great shots in our 10 minute mini session. 🙂 Especially this first photo… that’s what hugs are all about!!
It was such a pleasure meeting Tiffany and Bryan last weekend for their engagement photos! Thanks for the referral, Jessica and Mike! We explored the Tampa Riverwalk and found some gorgeous spots. The first few photos remind me of one of my favorite places, Portofino, Italy! I loved hearing about how they met and all about their upcoming wedding on Fripp Island in South Carolina. Best of luck wedding planning, you guys! You’re going to have such a beautiful day.
Over the weekend, David and I took a road trip to Savannah to visit our sweet friends Jenna and Ben. I met that beautiful blondie right before my freshman year of high school. Even though Jenna is a year older than me, she quickly took me in and introduced me to all of her friends. We had the best group of girlfriends. Countless sleepovers, late night laughs, working on the yearbook spreads way past deadline, growing as young Christians, and encouraging each other all along the way. A few years ago, when Jenna told me about a boy that she met at her friend’s wedding, I could tell that this was going to be special. Being matched in her friend’s wedding party turned out to be such a life changing event. These two got engaged last year and are preparing for their wedding this fall! While spending the weekend in their home, I got to sit back and observe their relationship. Jenna and Ben flow naturally and confidently together. They fit together seamlessly. They are so ready to become husband and wife and it makes my heart so happy to see Jenna so happy. Enjoy their engagement pictures in downtown Savannah and the gorgeous Wormsloe Plantation…those trees!!
I first met Katie (aka: Ms. Morphew to our little friends) in August 2013 when we started teaching Kindergarten together. Katie has such a calm, gentle, encouraging spirit and it is the perfect match for her hubby-to-be, Phil. I love their love story, especially what Phil said at the end of their first date! Katie told me “Two of our mutual friends worked together to set us up. One of our friends went into his workplace and showed him my picture! They were trying to convince me to go watch a softball game he was playing in but I didn’t know it was a set-up to meet Phil. Later, I got his phone number to tell him I wasn’t interested in dating but we talked for a bit on the phone and he convinced me to go out on a date. We haven’t been apart since! After our first date, he told the girl who set us up that he was going to marry me!” Phil was convinced from the very beginning! SO sweet!! These two fit perfectly together. Their smiles came effortlessly, their joy was contagious, and their love was evident. A few days ago, we explored the University of Tampa for their engagement session.
Can’t wait for their Lange Farm wedding in January!