Maranatha + Raoul met at a very early age, back when they were mere teenagers attending the same parish. Something about Raoul always stuck around in Maranatha’s memory, a feeling that she just couldn’t shake. Fast forward to years down the road, and these two were reunited + brought together with an undeniably strong force that could simply not be ignored.
It was a whirlwind Engagement for this sweet duo. During one of her regular visits to Florida to see her beau, Raoul had secretly planned a storybook morning for Maranatha’s visit this time around. After an extra early wake up call, Maranatha was soon discovering that Raoul had planned to take her on an early morning hot air balloon ride. High up above the palm trees, and into the clouds Raoul asked Maranatha to marry him. It was something right out of a romantic movie, and as soon as their feet touched the ground (returning from literal Cloud 9) Maranatha was quick to share the incredible news with her family + friends!
This past summer Maranatha + Raoul invited me to join them in Florida to capture some Engagement photos in the Tampa + St. Petersburg areas. On a balmy summer evening, I hopped in the back of Raoul’s sports car, and we were off, touring around some of the most beautiful locations. We spent the evening checking out Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, downtown Tampa + then jetted off to St. Petersburg to check out The Don CeSar, an iconic pink hotel right on the sugary sands of St. Pete’s beach. After an evening with some of the balmiest Florida we cooled off with 7/11 slurpees, as we made our way back to Tampa for the night.
The next day I met these two in Hyde Park, a gorgeous little neighbourhood full of lush Florida greens, + citrus coloured homes everywhere you turned. It was a quick trip, jam packed with loads of laughs, beautiful settings, + the sweetest couple who were very obviously completely smitten + head over heels for each other.
I cannot wait to photograph their wedding here in Windsor, in just a few short weeks!
Here are a few of many favourites from their Florida Engagement Session!