Matthew & Kelly • Ringling Bridge Engagement Session • Sarasota, Florida

We seriously have the best couples!! Matthew & Kelly are so kind and sweet to each other and we think that shows in their session. They were super easy-going, especially when we had to reschedule their original session date due to poor weather. M&K, we can't wait for your wedding and we definitely can't wait to hit up some our favorite Tampa restaurants with you guys.

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When & how did you meet?

We met as Freshmen at Cardinal Mooney High School in 2004.

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When & how did you get engaged?

We got engaged on January 14, 2016, and it was the greatest day!  It was a Thursday – Kelly had just finished work and Matthew wasn’t working that day.  We actually dropped Matthew’s sister off to pick up her car because it was getting worked on, so it was just an ordinary day.  Then the two of us got some take-out food and drove out to Longboat for a picnic – another pretty normal thing for us to do.  We had our picnic then went for a walk.  Matthew was looking towards the water and said he saw dolphins.  He was pointing them out to Kelly who kept squinting to try to find them.  She couldn’t find the dolphins, so she turned around to ask Matthew to help her and he was on one knee!   

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When and where is your wedding?

December 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. The ceremony will be at the Cardinal Mooney High School Chapel, where we met. The reception will be at the Sarasota Yacht Club.

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Matthew as explained by Kelly.

Matthew is my best friend, and I’m so lucky I get to marry my best friend!  Matthew is the most kind and selfless person I know, and he has the best heart.  He loves his family (puppy Payden included, of course J) and would drop anything for them, and I’m so blessed that I get to join in that.  He loves his family and friends in a way that inspires you to pick up the phone and call yours to tell them how much you love them. 

Matthew is the only person that can always make me laugh until I cry, and what a treat it is to laugh so hard that you can’t breathe!  Sometimes I’m laughing because his laugh and smile are so contagious, but it’s in addition to his silly and lighthearted nature.

Also, I can’t forget to mention that I think he is such a hunk!  I was so nervous for our first date, but I distinctly remember him walking from his car towards me, smiling and saying hi, and all my nerves went away.  If you’ve ever heard Matthew’s voice, you know that it is very deep and calming.  When he smiled and said hi, I felt a wonderful sense of peace.   I’ve had that feeling ever since, and I know I will for the rest of our lives together.  Since that moment, he has always allowed me to be myself, and has not only loved me unconditionally, but taught me a lot about love as well.  Early in our relationship, I remember him saying we have to choose.  We would see older couples holding hands and he would say, “They chose,” and I hoped that would be us one day!  I didn’t fully understand what he meant at first, but I now know that he meant that you have to choose to love every part of each other, even the parts that aren’t as easy to love.  If you don’t love each other through the hard times, you’ll never be that cute old couple holding hands that “chose.”

I don’t know how I got so lucky to find Matthew.  I am truly blessed that I get to “choose” Matthew forever.  I can’t imagine my life without my best friend by my side, and I can’t wait to marry him!  

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Kelly as explained by Matthew:

Kelly has the purest, most genuine heart that one could possibly have.  This is the foremost reason why I fell in love with her.  She is nurturing, inviting, and reassuring.  When she loves, she does so authentically and unconditionally.  

Kelly is obviously stunning, but really I love her demeanor. It's reserved, yet bright. She can brighten up a whole room without saying anything.  When she does speak, I'm continually amazed by her intellect and her wit. Her sense of humor brings light to days and situations that would otherwise seem mundane, and her intellect makes me glad she's on my side...

Her faith is infectious.  Whether it be her faith in God or in humanity as a whole,  the positivity that Kelly exudes is tangible.  No matter what the day has brought, I find comfort in knowing that I belong to a person who believes that tomorrow can always be better than today.

Our relationship brings simplicity to my life. I can strip away all things superficial and be left with her, and that is enough. With Kelly, I am completely content and at peace.  

My hope going forward is that I can provide her the kind of happiness and fulfillment in life that she provides me.  

I am thrilled and honored to begin a lifelong journey with her by my side.

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