Emilee and Weston

Satellite Beach, Florida



Photographer | Liz Cowie Photography | @lizcowiephotography

From the Photographer

Oh so much to say about this Satellite beach surprise proposal! The planning first began with lots of conversations between myself and Weston’s sweet Mom Marcie. Being a Mom myself I just love it when I see parents so incredibly excited and involved with the planning. Weston and his mother planned out the entire adventure. The perfect beach location at pelican park beach, an adorable tabletop setup. And a super secret letter from Weston to his Emilee. Insert…melting heart here.


Weston gathered all the people that are important in their lives. Both friends and family. The entire group gathered on the beach and positioned themselves to block the cute table setup. Weston and Emilee arrived and as they began the walk down the boardwalk she spied the family and friends. I kept hearing her say..”What’s going on?” over and over again. As Emilee made her way down the stairs the group parted so she could see the setup. As Emilee approached the table Marcie (Weston’s Mom) snuck the ring box to Weston (one of my favorite pics!) and Emilee’s friend grabbed her purse.


Emilee was immediately drawn to the envelope with her name on it. Nobody knows what was said in the letter but I bet it was good! Weston waited patiently as she read the note then dropped to his knee to ask those magically words. The absolute perfect beach proposal. Let’s just say that there were tons of cheers, hugs and even happy tears to follow!

From the Bride to be about their relationship….

“Wow, you’re refreshing!” That’s the first thing I ever said to you. I didn’t even know your name yet. On March 2nd, I said, “Yes, of course!” and now I’m taking your last name.


Since we first met, you have continued to surprise me, inspire me, make me laugh and make me fall more in love with you every day. I didn’t know that I could love so deeply or that a relationship could be so easy and so right, especially amid such a difficult trial with my health. On our second date, I glanced past my tacos and swore I could picture a wedding band on your ring finger. I knew then that I was either completely crazy, or I had found the soul that God made for mine. By our fourth date, we had already talked about marriage and named all our dogs.


Life with you has been so much fun, and we’re just getting started! You fit perfectly in my family and your family has felt like my own from the start. I’m so excited to make it official and so overwhelmingly grateful that I get to be your wife! March 2nd was the best day ever, and we have many more to come! You are prayers answered.”


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

We met online, oddly enough. We share a traditional view of love and romance, so we love to laugh at the irony of meeting in such a non-traditional way.


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

Before Emilee, I was quite content in the notion that there just may not be that “special someone for me”. August 26th, 2018 changed that for good. I love How Em laughs at my jokes, even when they’re not really funny. I love how I can feel her love when we hug, I never knew a hug could be so warm and fulfilling. I love that God is the center point of our relationship, holding her hand in church every Sunday is one of my favorite things in life. I love when we sit down to dinner together and chat about our days. Emilee is truly my soulmate in every way.


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

The moment she stepped out of her car on our first date, I knew she was the one. She had a glow about her that took my breath away, and the more I got to know her, the more convicted I was in my belief. I will never forget calling my lifelong best friend, Jordan on the way home from our first date, and telling him I had just met my future wife, and his skeptical, but supportive reaction. There is nobody in this world who compares to my wonderful Emilee.

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

It took months of planning and deception (I hated having to deceive her, but the ends justified the means) and culminated in 25 of our closest friends helping us give Em the surprise of her life on Pelican Beach in Florida. The first step was buying the perfect ring, eavesdropping helped me know what she wanted. Next was planning how to do it, and knowing that the people in our lives are more important than extravagance, I got to work coordinating how to get everyone in the same place for the surprise. I was able to get her parents, siblings, and two of her closest friend from out of state to fly in, as well as a large group of our friend and family in Florida. My mom, Marcie helped by preparing a beautiful table with a perfect combination of elements: a miniature church, a beautiful flower arrangement, a bottle of champagne for the impending celebration, a picture of us, seashells that were a part of my grandmothers precious shell collection, and of course my handwritten letter to Emilee. The hardest part was getting Em away from her family, but once that was accomplished with a ploy of going to a friend on mine’s birthday party, I walked Em over the boardwalk at Pelican Beach to see the group, and as we approached them, they spread into to rows, revealing the table. I could barely get out the words “will you marry me?” Before Em rushed me with an embrace. It was a smashing success.


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

Emilee wanted simple, but I had to make sure it was unique and special enough to be worthy of her. Thanks to local jeweler, Kateri Genna of Genna jewelers I was able to find a brilliant oval-cut stone and had It placed in a white gold band with a trellis setting, allowing for maximum visibility of “the rock”.


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

Absolutely, though not as excited as I am to be able to call Emilee my wife. We are planning for 10-10-2020 in my hometown of Dade City, FL. Em wanted to get married under an oak tree, and my aunt and uncle, Brant and Beth Blessing have allowed us to use their property, and we will be married under a majestic oak tree that was picked out by my late grandfather, that fact being unknown to us until Aunt Beth informed me. It seemed quite serendipitous to be able to marry the love of my life under a tree that was picked by the man who taught me what love was all about.