It was last September. I was sitting in a parking lot, about to head inside for a meeting with a wedding coordinator, when a new email from a new bride popped into my inbox on my phone. It had the usual information — wedding date, couple’s names. And a simple question: “Wondering if you would travel to NYC to shoot our wedding?”
Thus began our relationship with Katrina and Chris, exactly one year before they’ll tie the knot. I loved them immediately. And when we finally met in person for their engagement session earlier this week, when the pair made a trip to Florida to visit Chris’s family, it was so immediately clear just how much they love each other. It’s a happy kind of love. So happy, in fact, that they couldn’t stop laughing through the entire shoot. So happy, in fact, that Danny and I couldn’t stop laughing, too.
We started out in Donwtown St. Augustine, a place familiar to Chris, since he grew up in Jacksonville, and completely new to Katrina, who grew up in Queens.And this is when a pickup pulled up to the corner where we were shooting, and a child in the front seat said to his father, “Is she laughing or crying?” Cue additional laughter. You’ll have to agree — laughing is definitely a good look for them.We tried seriousness. For a moment. Silliness prevailed!These two are seriously cute! Want to know a cute fact about them? They met, a number of years ago, via mutual friends . . . via MySpace. Yes. MySpace.What do you think — she loves him? Maybe just a little?The light was so glowy and gorgeous as we wandered around the historic old homes!After about an hour Downtown, we all hopped in the car after a quick outfit change and headed over to the beach to cap off the evening.
Oh, and this is Katrina’s fabulous ring. Chris picked it out by himself — and bought a wedding band to match at the same time. Clearly, he was confident her answer was going to be yes!
Clearly, her answer couldn’t have been anything else. Oh my goodness, Katrina! (You look amazing!)
Then the sunset pitched in and made things even more romantic. Not that Katrina and Chris needed any help.Then this happened. They’d tried to prepare themselves for the cold Atlantic water, but. . . .Perfect, you two. Just perfect.There she goes again with the gorgeousness! I cannot wait to see her all dolled up as a bride! It only took about ten tries, but we finally got them to jump at the same time. Katrina’s a snowboarder, so she’s kind of into jumping. And Chris can “almost” slam dunk a basketball (which is totally what he appears to have been practicing there on the beach). And you’d better believe it turned into a competition of Katrina trying to out-jump him.What do you think — he loves her? Maybe just a little?See even more (you know you want to!) in their slide show:
And you can see even more in their PASS gallery.
Katrina and Chris, as excited as we already were for your wedding, we’re even more excited now. You are two wonderful people, and a wonderful couple, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you in New York this September! If your wedding is filled with half as much love and laughter, you’re on track for an incredible day, and, clearly headed for a joy-filled marriage. Thank you for letting us be a part of this journey with you!
~ Laura + Danny