Erica and John met me out in Winter Park for their absolutely adorable engagement! Bringing along a super chic black and white plaid blanket, we utilized the little prop for some of their photos, along with exploring Kraft Azalea Park.
Taking a chance…
My sweethearts story began by chance when they both had mutual friends on Facebook. Erica popped up on the “People You May Know” section and John took notice. While he didn’t actually know her at the time, he knew that he did want to know her and sent her a message. His smooth moves of sending a message that read “hi there, hey I know this is a bit unconventional, but I just had to tell you that you are beautiful,” was truly genuine and after chatting back and forth, the two decided to meet up for ice cream later that evening.
From the moment they met in person that one fateful evening for a scoop, the two felt a connection. Extending their date, they decided to walk along the beach. Hearing a noise in the distance along their walk, Erica jumped into John’s arms, which was when he tried to give her a kiss. Not realizing what he was doing, Erica had kept walking, but John stopped her and this time they shared their very first kiss. As Erica reminisces, “we had our first kiss and when I say everything went silent, I mean everything went SILENT. I couldn’t even hear the ocean! It was like what they say happens in movies when you have a great first kiss and then every day after we both just HAD to see each other.”
Falling in love with John, came naturally as he truly cares and loves to help those around him. As Erica explains, “I love John’s natural instant to do what’s right and he’s always wanting to help other people. Whether it’s picking up a random piece of trash on our street, or helping a stranger out of his wheelchair when we’re out eating.” For John, he loves how much Erica loves him and their relationship. As John explains, “I love that she’s always wanting to kiss me and I love how hard we laugh together.” Oh and of course he also loves her cute, little snort when she laughs!
A Disney Proposal
Realizing he had found ‘the one,’ John began planning out his proposal to Erica. While on a trip to Disney with John’s son Lucas, the three decided to watch the Frozen show at the castle. Standing in line in front of the Castle felt like forever, but that was when it happened. Distracted talking to their friend Elly who had met them up at Disney with her son and mom, Lucas grabbed Erica’s hand and asked her to turn around. Down on one knee was John with the engagement ring, as Lucas asked Erica to be his step-mom and John asked Erica to marry him. While the details are fuzzy, because the moment felt like an absolute blur of excitement and joy, Erica said yes!
Looking forward to capturing these two tie the knot at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida!