Stephanie and Arnold have known each other since high school. Although they were a year apart, they went to each others proms and kept in touch as the years passed. After dating for several years, Arnold surprised Stephanie with a proposal on the beach a year ago. They are now looking forward to and planning their wedding at the Palm Island Resort next fall.
Stephanie reached out to me to take their engagement pictures for their wedding announcements. We originally talked about Manasota Beach but when the weather forecast got dreary, we rescheduled for the following weekend. Since they were driving up from Cape Coral for their pictures, we decided to change our location to Boca Grande. They had never been there before but trusted my vision that there were lots of different locations to photograph on the island and we ended up having a great time.
Unfortunately Banyan Street was closed down for a wedding and we were escorted away by friendly police officers! That didn't slow us down as we went over to the chapel, the Gasparilla Inn, the Historic Lighthouse and finally the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum. We got to know each other during our session and the more we moved around and took pictures, the more comfortable they became in front of the camera and got used to the goofy things I asked them to do.
In the end we got a lot of great pictures and they picked out the perfect picture for their announcements. I'm looking forward to spending more time with them and photographing their wedding next fall!