Kat and Jordan’s engagement session was absolutely awesome!! They are a very chill couple, who are pretty laid back and enjoy having a good time hanging out with friends or spending time with their beautiful poodle puppy Stella.
When I met with Kat and Jordan about their engagement session, It was like I was reconnecting with some old friends. They are super personable and easy-going. They’re originally from South Florida so we had spoken about the different locations to go to for their engagement session, and ended up closing down on Flagler College. Due to the Corona Virus and the riots, south Florida was not being opened up yet, so we were not going to be able to make it. Despite being admits the Corona Virus & the Riots, Kat and Jordan didn’t let that stop them from having a super memorable day for their engagement session.
Jordan and Kat met in high school at John Carroll Catholic High School. Kat always saw Jordan in the halls of the school as they went about their days. Jordan had really caught her eye, so at homecoming on Kat’s sophomore year, she decided to go with a small group to dinner. Jordan, who was a freshman at the time, was also in the dinner group. They caught eyes with each other instantly and sparks were flying.
As they flirted with each other throughout the night, Kat took the bold step and grabbed him to dance, and from there the rest was history. 9 Years later, they’re now engaged and Kat had told me about how every day she falls more in love with him and how much they have grown not only together but separately as well.
Kat was down south for Jordan’s cousin’s bachelorette party, and Jordan was in Gainesville. They spoke about meeting up at Universal Studios on her way back to Gainesville for a fun day. So, they both drove and met up there. When Kat had arrived, he was wearing a button-down short sleeve shirt, and jeans, and she thought to herself, “why does he look so nice on such a hot day, while I was rushing just to get into Universal?” They then walked through the middle of the courtyard across from the Jimmy Fallon ride, next to the Mummy, and Jordan stopped Kat in an area with all the flowers around them. He pointed to one of the buildings and said to her: “Have you ever noticed how no one ever goes in or out of that building?” So, she looked, and then when she looked back there Jordan was, on one knee, shaking, barely able to form the words to ask if she would marry him. She was in so much shock and snatched the ring from his hand and helped him off the ground and gave him the biggest hug of his life. Although she never said yes because she had no words, they both knew what the answer was.
St. Augustine is a city on the northeast coast of Florida. It lays claim to being the oldest city in the U.S., and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture as well as Atlantic Ocean beaches like sandy St. Augustine Beach and tranquil Crescent Beach. Anastasia State Park is a protected wildlife sanctuary. The Castillo de San Marcos is a 17th-century Spanish stone fortress with views of the St. Augustine Inlet.
With a robust downtown district with lots of shops and restaurants, St. Augustine is a bustling city and a great location for an engagement session. Flagler College lays near the heart of the city and it is a great staple that draws lots of attention for its beautiful Spanish colonial architecture. Flagler College is one of my favorite locations for an engagement session because of its versatility and many different spots.
This was truly a great engagement session. I loved how intimate and natural Kat & Jordan were. We walked around the front of the Flagler College, as well as the St. Augustine City Hall. We also had their beautiful poodle Stella join for the fun! For this shoot, it was absolutely stunning, the old Hispanic architecture added a nice flare to the love these two shares for each other.
Jordan and I have such a special relationship, since we met when we were young adults and transformed to adults we had to learn what “change” is. Neither Jordan nor myself are the same person from when we first met, as we have gotten older we have become closer as time passes. Our time spent together is always pushing each other to become not only better people but setting our standards high knowing that we will always have goals to accomplish.
I knew that Jordan was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life on our first Valentine’s Day together. Jordan made dinner that night and we had a long conversation about how much we cared about each other and how we could our futures together, Jordan then pulled out a ring box with a beautiful Emerald Green Ring that was his Great Grandmother’s who had passed away several years before, in that exact moment I looked at him and knew that I was sure about one thing in my life.
In the past I always told Jordan I wanted something simple and nothing too flashy. His mother and I were in a jewelry store about two years ago and I found a ring that I loved! Turns out Jordan’s mothers engagement ring was almost identical to what I picked out and she gave him her ring to propose to me. Crazy to think a ring I randomly chose was almost identical to the ring I received and it meant so much more.
To be honest, I am most excited about our food and cake tasting. There have been several people who tell me on your wedding day it is very difficult to sit down and eat and enjoy cake due to greeting your guests and wanting to dance and have fun. We invited our parents to our tastings to have an intimate dinner and to decide what our guests will be eating so we can all enjoy the moment together.