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Daniel & Rebecca • Private Residence Engagement Photos • Clearwater, Florida

Fresh air + open fields + these two = a dream engagement session. We couldn't have asked for a better evening to capture Daniel & Rebecca's engagement pictures! 

When & how did you meet?

We met on the first day of 9th grade in first period Spanish class (my assigned seat was right behind him). It wasn’t until a year later when we realized we kinda sorta might like each other as more than just friends (and we weren’t technically allowed to “date” until we turned 16). We dated for about 2 years and then spent a couple of years apart doing our own thing and focusing on school. We reconnected during our sophomore year of college after I saw his mom’s post that said he would be home from school for the weekend. I spontaneously texted him to see if he would want to come up to Tally as my date for a function. He didn’t end up coming, but we have talked every single day since!

Rebecca as explained by Daniel

Rebecca is the embodiment of love. She is the most beautiful person I have ever met, inside and out. She is selfless, always thinking of others before herself. No matter how busy she is, she always makes time for others, to the point of making it seem effortless. Rebecca brings the best out of me and I cannot thank her enough for that. Above all Rebecca is very strong in her faith, as a result radiating happiness and love in our daily lives. Rebecca is the love of my life and I cannot wait to spend all my days with her. I cannot wait to have the honor of being her husband and father to her children. 

Daniel as explained by Rebecca.

Daniel has the BIGGEST heart and the purest intentions. He is compassionate, thoughtful, loyal, and patient. He has a passion for helping others and is quick to put someone else’s needs before his own. He challenges me to look beyond self-doubt and to pursue things that make me happy. Daniel is not someone who would ever try to change who I am. Instead, he has unknowingly opened my eyes to the ways that I can change and the ways I want to change, by his acceptance of my imperfections and his willingness to forgive. He teaches me about sports, takes me on adventures, laughs with me, prays with me, and reminds me to slow down and enjoy life one day at a time. Daniel is my best friend and I cannot wait to love and honor him always, as his wife!

When and where is your wedding?

We’re getting married on April 21, 2018 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Dunedin, Florida. Having our wedding there was a given - Daniel’s family has been part of the OLL community for over 20 years, two of his older sisters were married there, my parents were married there 31 years ago, and my dad even went to elementary school there!

Anthony & Bria • Beach Sunset Engagement Photos • Clearwater, Florida

With impending rain (welcome to Florida in the summer...), we were nervous for how much we'd be able to shoot with Anthony & Rain but the rain ended up making this session even better! We got just the right amount to make things even better!

We started things off with Anthony & Bria at her parents house in Clearwater with their dog Bailey, who was just as great as can be.

When & how did you meet?

Anthony will tell you that we met for the first time riding together on a two and a half hour drive to Fort Myers for his fraternity formal. While that is technically true, we didn’t see each other for the rest of the weekend so I don’t think that counts. We REALLY met a month later when my date cancelled to my own formal and I needed a new date last minute. Two of my friends were dating Anthony’s best friends and suggested I take him. He seemed nice enough, and I figured if he turned out to be lame I could just ditch him with his friends! There was an instant connection at formal and we danced the night away! (or tried to) 6 years later and we can’t wait to (try to) dance the night away at our WEDDING

When & how did you get engaged?

In December Anthony and I bought our first house. Even though I had never mentioned it to Anthony, before we purchased our home he made it very clear that if we were going to buy a house an engagement would be at least 2 years or so away. I was in no rush, we had been together for almost 6 years at that point and purchased a home, an engagement could wait. 2 months into our life in our new home, Anthony insisted we have a house warming party. I tried to put it off because I wanted the house to be perfect, but he wouldn’t let me off the hook (even once claiming that April was too warm to have a house warming party) so I gave in. Then a few days prior to the party, Anthony suggested having just our close friends and family over early for a toast. I thought he was just being sentimental about our new house so I agreed and he coordinated it. Once all of our friends and family had arrived we went on to the front porch for pictures. I was holding our puppy so I didn’t notice when Anthony dropped to one knee. I was in total shock. After the hugs and the tears, Anthony had coordinated with my friends to bring decorations and treats and our house warming party turned into an engagement party! I guess that’s why he kept making excuses about having a party sooner than later!

When and where is your wedding?

Wedding will be in March 2018 at Sunken Gardens.

Anthony as explained by Bria.

Being with Anthony is effortless, his kind, caring heart and warm personality make him one of the most genuine people I have ever met. When you meet Anthony, you feel like you are instantly best friends and have known each other for years. He has such an infectious personality.  I always joke that Anthony could make a wall talk back to him if he tried. He keeps you on your toes, making sure you are laughing and having a good time. He is loving and very sentimental (something he thinks he keeps under wraps, but it beams from him all the time) He is driven, always seeking to better himself. He is my perfect man and best friend. I can’t wait to marry him. 

Bria as explained by Anthony.

Bria is the sweetest person I have ever met. She is beautiful and kind, she is brilliant and funny. But above all, Bria is the most honest and kind-hearted person in the world. She always puts others before herself, often going out of her way to make sure others don’t have to. She decided to become a nurse because she loves helping people, especially women and babies. She always teases me and says she wants 5-6 little babies. (At least I hope she’s teasing…) Bria is always happy and always knows how to put a smile on my face. I love her more than anyone or anything in this world, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her.

Matt & Sam • Sunset Beach Engagement Session • Land's End, Treasure Island, Florida

Sam is one of Katie's, and therefore Jake's, best friends. She was a bridesmaid in our wedding and we are heartbroken to not be able to go to their wedding in Costa Rica due to um... just a small change in our life... a baby being born! (Any day now...)

We are so thankful that Sam has found Matt and that we could spend some time with them creating some beautiful photos together. Oh and today is Sam's birthday! Happy Birthday Sammy!!

When & how did you meet?

She was just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to hand her a dumbbell. Sam and Matt met three years ago at Orangetheory Fitness Tyrone!! Matt was the super cute trainer with lots of advice and Sam was the girl who doesn't like taking direction from obviously, it was love at first sight.

When & how did you get engaged?

On November 11th, 2016 Sam had the day off of work so Matt suggested that they make it a beach day. They went down to their favorite area, Sunset Beach, for some long overdue time with friends. After many attempts were made by Matt to get Sam to go on a walk, she finally obliged. Although she refused to go all the way down by the water claiming it would be too cold, Matt found the perfect opportunity to drop down on one knee and ask her to spend forever with him. She grabbed the ring...then said yes. 

When and where is your wedding?

Matt and Sam are heading over to Costa Rica to tie the knot in just a few short weeks! July 22, 2017. 

Matt as explained by Sam.

Matt is exciting, passionate, determined, kind, loving, and mine. He makes everyday exciting. He never takes a moment for granted and truly appreciates everything and person that he encounters in life. He wakes up ready to take on the day with vigor and enthusiasm and encourages me to do the same. This man is PASSIONATE. He is passionate about life, fitness, our family and my happiness. He strives to be the very best version of himself in every aspect of life and he pours his whole heart into every endeavor. Matt is kind. He sees everyone as equals and never treats one person better than another. He listens more than he speaks and shows everyone genuine care and attention through any interaction. Love is selfless, and that is Matt. He is continually tender, compassionate, and sensitive towards my needs and always wants to include me in all areas of his life. Most of all Matt is mine. I knew very early on in our relationship that Matt was the one for me. I had/have this sense of peace that he was the man God had in mind when creating me. We are so very opposite, but Matt is everything that I am not. He literally completes me, and that is something so incredible that God does for us. 

Sam as explained by Matt.

Sam is smart, hard working, strong willed and extremely beautiful inside AND out! She has a hard exterior but once you break through it, she really has the softest heart and is sweetest girl you will ever meet. Sam is a devoted daughter, sister, fiancée, dog mom, and friend. She would drop everything to go to war for all of us at the drop of a dime. She will bend over backwards to help anyone in need and is a great friend to the ones she is closest to. Sam lives her life through God and that's honestly her best quality. She serves Him with a purpose and never wavers. She will be a great mother our children one day and when that day comes, I am so excited to help her teach and mold them into strong individuals like herself. 

Daniel & Lily • At Home Engagement Session • Tampa, Florida

Love love love this session!!! And if you're wondering if you can bring your dog to your session, the answer is always always YES. Daniel & Lily were so easy in front of the camera and their pup Nero was a total ham.

At home sessions are so much fun and a great option for these hot summer months!

When & how did you meet?

We met in high school, Danny and I shared a few classes together and some how always ended up sitting next to each other. He would always make me laugh and in return I would help him out with some of the classwork. It wasn't until after he graduated that one of his close friends set us up. 

When & how did you get engaged?

It all started one night when we went out to dinner and Danny hinted that he would like to get engaged soon. Me being the wedding obsessed girl that I am, thought nothing of it. (Little did I know he already had a ring!) He got me all excited, then a few week later told me he went to through his finances and it just wasn't going to happen for a few years. I told him that it was ok and we had time. About 3 or so weeks later he took me on a nice walk with our puppy, he was very sweet and told me why he loved our life so much. We made it to the dog park and he told me to close my eyes. When I opened them, he had our dog with a note attached to him. The note said "will you marry him?" I look up and and was he down on one knee with a ring in his hand. I was shocked! I said yes of course then we drove to the store to get champagne. When we got in the car 'Forever and Ever, Amen' by Randy Travis was playing on the radio and I knew that it was meant to be. 

Daniel as explained by Lily.

When I try to think of a word to describe Danny, all I can think of is home. I can go on and on about how amazing, funny, smart, and talented he is. Every day he surprises me, everyday we learn something new about each other. He is the often found playing with our puppy, making delicious breakfast, laughing with his friends, or watching Seinfeld.

Lily as explained by Daniel. 

Lily is the embodiment of everything that is good in the world. She is intelligent, driven, compassionate, and always has a way of seeing the positive aspects of everything. It is hard to imagine what life would be like without her. Even after 5 years she still manages to surprise me. Sometimes I feel like she knows me better than I know myself. She is often found hanging out with friends, listening to Britney Spears, or watching HGTV.