Candice and Will

New York, New York



Photographer | Lasting Joy Wedding Photography | @lastingjoynyc

Location | Central Park

Candice and Will met through a random happy accident. As Candice was driving home from school in Florida to the east coast she got a message from Will on a dating app. The odds of this happening were astronomical because she was in a car on the highway and both of theme had their radius set to only 5 miles, so Will must’ve looked at the app at the exact right time to notice Candice driving past. When she looked at the message and responded, that sparked a month-long conversation that culminated in Will making the making the two-hour trip to meet her. They hit it off instantly and will be celebrating their 5-year anniversary in July! They’re still doing the long distance thing, but it’s worth it for love. Candice and Will got engaged in Central Park at the Willowdell Arch so it was really important to us that we end the night there to get some photos of where it all started.

Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

The story of how we met is a modern-day tale. Will and I were both on Tinder, but the chances of us matching were very unlikely. We lived about 200 miles apart and both our match radii were set at only 5 miles. I went to school in Bradenton, FL and the semester had just ended. I decided to take a trip to the east coast of Florida to see my family for the break. While driving home I passed through Orlando and something made me open the app. I’m so happy I did because I was right in front of Will’s apartment and we matched. This sparked a month-long conversation, and after weeks of talking we finally agreed to meet for the Fourth of July weekend. Will made the two-hour drive from Orlando to Bradenton and we’ve been together ever since! The sparkler exit on our wedding day will have an extra special meaning to us!


What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

Having time together is what we value the most. It can be anything from eating pizza on the couch while watching a movie, enjoying a night out wine tasting at Cooper’s Hawk with our friends, or Sunday Brunch! The first four years of our relationship were long distance, and at one point we lived over 750  miles apart. We would take turns making the trip to see each other. Those journeys consisted of Bradenton to Orlando, Bradenton to Jackson, MS, Melbourne, FL to Jacksonville, FL, and Jacksonville to Atlanta, GA. This last year we finally have the chance to share the same home, but Will travels for work Monday through Friday. Thankfully, we have our weekends together and it makes it all worth it! I think our relationship is unique because no matter the distance, we travel it to be together and we’ve made it work despite the hours or miles between us.


How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?

This is going to sound cliché, but the first night we met I knew this was going to be something amazing! Will had made the two-hour drive to meet me for the first time. It was 2014’s Fourth of July weekend and I can still remember how he looked and the feelings I got the first time I saw him. The first night we met we went out, partied, and took pictures like we had been best friends for years. Will made a cheesy joke about beta blockers being LOL and made this soon to be pharmacist fall in love. I was hooked! We had an amazing weekend full of dancing and we’ve been having amazing weekends ever since.


Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

The proposal was perfect, beautiful and a complete surprise! I had no idea I would ever be proposed to in Central Park, or that it was going to happen that weekend. We decided to go up to New York for Halloween with some friends to visit and celebrate the holiday. It had rained the entire weekend, but on the last day of our trip the skies cleared up and it was beautiful out. We decided for the last day of our trip we would walk through Central Park with our friends before heading to our favorite soup dumpling place in China Town and later catching our flight back home to Florida. While walking through the park and admiring the beautiful fall leaves, Will suggested we go back to visit a bridge where we had taken a photo the previous year. The picture he was referencing was a picture my brother took of us on our first trip to New York and it became my favorite photo of us. We are just holding hands while walking under the bridge, but it is so sweet and perfect. Will suggests that we take another photo as a “one year later” picture. Thinking it’s a great idea I hand my phone to our friends to take the picture and never even realized they were about to capture our engagement. As we are walking under the Willowdell Arch and holding hands I think to myself “he’s holding my hand so funny and his nails are sharp.” Will looks at me, smiles and says, “Will you marry me?” Opening his hand holding the most beautiful ring I have ever seen! My heart stopped and all I could do was smile the biggest smile I have ever had in my entire life. Over and over I ask, “seriously?!” It was such an amazing and perfect moment. Our friends all cheered, and it was great having them there to share this special moment. One of the best parts is that we were able to capture a very special “one year later” photo and video. I am so happy that we now have this special spot in Central Park that we can visit for years to come and remember that special day!


We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

My fiancé was quite clever when it came to picking the perfect ring. I had my dream ring pinned on Pinterest and to my surprise he had been secretly following me. He surprised me with the ring of my dreams even handpicking a diamond that shares the same birthday as me. It is a perfect pavé accented classic cathedral engagement ring featuring a 1.23 carat round diamond in the center. It’s simple and beautiful!


Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

We are so excited to plan this wedding! Our big day is 3/1/2020 at the beautiful Treasury on the Plaza in St. Augustine, Florida!