Whenever a couple contacts me concerning having Disney Engagement Photos taken during a Magic Kingdom Engagement Session, I just get all giddy and my little girl heart does a flip flop in my chest! So I was over-the-moon excited when Amy emailed me and told me that her and Brian were coming from Texas to spend some time at Disney and would I photograph them having a grand ol' time? Um, of course, I said yes - and we became instant friends! Some of the most amazing memories that I have growing up have been from moments spent at the Magic Kingdom, or one of the other amazing Disney parks. The energy there is just remarkable, and we get swept up in it just as much as any 5 year old little girl with dreams of becoming a princess. All of the cute little secret squirrel places that we can take photos in doesn't hurt either!
The old courtroom inside of the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando is one of the most unique and gorgeously classic wedding venues in the city for having an intimate wedding. The stately room is on the smaller side, but it makes up for it in absolute character. Angela and Paul came from up north along with a few of their close friends and family in order to share their love for each other by sharing sweet vows and even some silly antics. Paul’s daughters decided to dance their way down the aisle and laughter just filled the small courtroom - I’m sure that back in the day, there wasn’t much laughter in that courtroom, so it was great to hear it. Angela’s Niece sang to them during the ceremony and not a single eye was free from a tear or two. Holy goodness it was gorgeous. After the tear-filled ceremony the newlyweds and guests headed to their vacation home to celebrate - and boy, was that a blast as well!
Since both Jen and Ryan are into the great outdoors, we decided to take their engagement photos at Lake Parker Park in Lakeland Fl. It is filled with secret little paths, huge trees and even wildlife! We totally saw a raccoon taking a little nap in this huge pine tree during their engagement shoot and let me tell you, it was so hard to keep myself from dropping my camera and scooching up that tree to cuddle it!
Lake Parker Park is such a haven for gorgeous backdrops to include in any kind of photos session that you might have, we chose it purely for it’s trees, open fields and interesting bridges but there are playgrounds, baseball fields and a gorgeous lake as well. Just be careful while around the water because there are alligators everywhere. OMG. The park even has a few signs posted to avoid leaving the path since there are alligators around. Um, yeah, not a problem.
So, I found out while we strolled around the park, that Ryan loves to fish and Jen likes to go with him every chance she gets. Then, Jen found this lure and I just had to use it for her ring! By the way, I actually kinda like fishing, I just hate putting any kind of bait on the hook and I always want to let the little fishes go back to their families after they are caught, so I would probably starve if I was ever made to fish in order to eat.
You've seen (and heard) me say it a million times, but I just gotta say it again - Your Engagement Session should be about how you guys spend time together and the way that you show love to each other. Those couple of hours that you spend with me during your session should have a bunch of those cute little things that only the two of you do - to each other. Like, the way that you have to stand on your tippy-toes when you kiss him (cause he's so freakin' tall), or... the way that his face hair tickles your lips & makes you giggle when you kiss (but you wouldn't have it any other way), or even the way that he hugs you with his long freakin' arms and his whole body so that you can't move anything but your legs. That's the two of you - that's what I want to capture in your Engagement Pictures for you guys. You don't get to see that - you can't see how his eyes become calm when your head is tucked under his chin. Oooooooo....I so want you to see that, to actually see what it looks like when the two of you both just so into each others hugs, that nothing else even matters.
So, as with all of my couples, I asked a whole crap-ton of questions and found out all kinds of stuff about Cari & Jeremy. After we talked and I read all of their answers on their questionnaire - one thing I knew we had to do was have a musical Engagement Session that included a guitar for Cari & Jeremy's Engagement Session. He even played during the session!! Oh my gosh, I can see why Cari just melts when he plays for her. Amazing.
They crawled up under this bridge in the murkiness so that I could get these - oh.my.gosh.yes! Get all up in there please. ;)
Yeah, melting going down, right here, right now.
Ring shots are some of my favorite things in the whole wide world, and if I had to shoot no more after this, I'd be okay with that. Can I please say that I ROCKed this one out!! 2 points for me. ;)
Getting all mushy with each other during Engagement Sessions is one rule that I won't ever change. No eating before swimming and no being boring at your engagement session - Show your stuff! (well, not that stuff, but you know what I mean)