Conor & Mikaela • Harbour Island Engagement Session • Tampa, Florida

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conor mikaela harbour island tampa engagement session jake and katie_001

We were so excited when we heard from Mikaela that she had gotten engaged. We did some head shots for Mikaela as she is preparing to launch her career as a professional actress. These two are heading off to South Carolina before eventually making their to NYC and we're excited to see their life together!

When & how did you meet? 

As explained by Mikaela: Conor and I met almost two years ago at a social event hosted by my sorority. We had invited his fraternity to meet us at the local campus bar, but that night it was raining pretty hard and I almost skipped the event because I didn't want to get soaked on the walk there. However, a friend convinced me to go so we walked there together and as we walked up, Conor came to the entrance of the bar and opened the door for us. As soon as I saw him I knew who I wanted to talk to the rest of the night! And I did! I've been crazy about him since then! 

As explained by Conor: We met at a fraternity/sorority function our junior year of school. My fraternity had never hung out with the music sorority before so we were all skeptical about the event (especially because it was at a bar and they told us not to drink). But, I told my friends we should show up and try to have a good time. Mikaela came in and we spent the rest of the night talking to each other.  

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conor mikaela harbour island tampa engagement session jake and katie_002
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conor mikaela harbour island tampa engagement session jake and katie_003
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conor mikaela harbour island tampa engagement session jake and katie_004

When & how did you get engaged?

As explained by Mikaela: We got engaged on June 12, 2016 on a "camping" trip. Conor tricked me into thinking we were going camping, which would have been my first trip, but instead he rented a cabin on a lake out in the woods and I had no idea until we drove up to the cabin! But, the best surprise of the day was when he proposed! Conor and I had talked about wanting to get married, but back in February he said he didn't want to talk about it again until he was ready to propose, which I thought was years away! So I was so surprised when we got down on one knee and pulled out a ring. 

As explained by Conor: I wanted something romantic and just the two of us so I thought camping in a pretty part of Florida would be nice. When I told her about the idea she said she would go but I could tell she wasn't very excited about camping. I told her I booked a campsite but I actually rented a private cabin on a lake. The cabin even had cable so she could watch the Tony's, which she was disappointed about missing she was going to miss. During the show she wanted to talk about getting married. I told her months ago I wasn't going to talk about marriage until I was ready to propose. But this night I talked about it with her. Then I asked if she remembered how the next time I talked about it I was going to be proposing for real. I got on one knee and pulled out the ring.

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conor mikaela harbour island tampa engagement session jake and katie_005

When & where is the wedding? 

As explained by Mikaela: We want to take our time and enjoy being engaged, so we aren't having the wedding until October of 2018. Not too many plans have been made yet, but we know it will be in Florida and we'd love to have it outside! 

As explained by Conor: We don't want to do it until October 2018 so we have a chance to move and focus on new careers before we have to plan a wedding. We have a few places in mind though and a lot of details figured. She was planning the day after I asked her to marry me. 

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conor mikaela harbour island tampa engagement session jake and katie_006

Mikaela as explained by Conor:

Mikaela is perfect. She is the most caring and loving individual I have ever met. She goes above and beyond expectations at everything she puts her mind to. She makes me strive to be a better person because disappointing her is the last thing I would ever want to do. Mikaela is patient with me and does everything in her power to make me happy. Although I know she is willing to work hard on any problems we come across, being with her is fun and easy. We disagree on a lot and have may different interests, but all our core values are the same. She teaches me things I did not know and introduces me to things I normally wouldn't experience. I couldn't think of a more interesting, fun, trust worthy, talented, driven, smart, and beautiful person to spend the rest of my life with. 

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conor mikaela harbour island tampa engagement session jake and katie_007

Conor as explained by Mikaela:

I tell Conor all the time that I didn't know so many amazing qualities could exist in one person until I met him. I met Conor at a difficult time in my life, but since then he has brought me nothing but happiness which has been the greatest gift. I value his kind heartedness, his honesty, his patience, and our differences because through them he is able to teach me so much that I never knew. He is truly the most genuine person I know and his constantly positive attitude and outlook on life brings so much joy to everyone around him. He is funny, handsome, crazy smart, an "old school" gentleman, thoughtful, and a million other wonderful things. But above all else, I value the ability to blindly trust him in any situation and know that he will always be there for me. I truly don't know how I got so lucky. 

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conor mikaela harbour island tampa engagement session jake and katie_008