Marissa and Alex

St Cloud, Florida

 

 

Photographer | Haleigh Nicole Photography | @haleighnicolehotography

Location | Lake Runnymede Conservation Area

Dark clouds loomed overhead. I kept checking the radar and praying that the giant storm coming across Central Florida would pass us. This sweet couple had flown all the way from Albany, New York to escape the cold for their engagement session! Rain drops started, but we are always up for embracing the rain. As soon as they pulled in, the crazy strong winds and downpour arrived. Go figure. So, we postponed until Sunday where we had the most GORGEOUS weather!

 

Marissa and Alex first met when they worked together in customer service at a tech start up in Schenectady, New York. They both share a love for board games and checking out new restaurants and breweries. They push the other to try something new or put something in perspective when the other is stressed. Marissa and Alex had been great friends from the moment they met, but you never know how dating a friend can turn out. Thankfully, it was amazing for these two!

 

Marissa and Alex had a pretty crazy summer last year, so they missed their usual anniversary date night. On September 21st, they decided to celebrate. As luck would have it Marissa would get a bad cold that week and was a bit feverish that night. Alex made a dinner of mac and cheese (both of our favorites as we found out over breakfast), and gave a couple belated anniversary gifts. The last was a 5 year daily question journal where he changed the daily question to “Will You Marry Me?” Of course Marissa said yes! Marissa did have an idea it was coming when her dad accidentally mentioned getting dinner with Alex which she didn’t know was happening. As a daddy’s girl, she could tell he was getting his blessing.

 

The idea of warmth, sunshine, and large oak trees with Spanish moss felt like the perfect engagement session plan. On Sunday, when we were FINALLY blessed with great weather, Jack and I met the couple out at Lake Runnymede. This hidden oasis is the best mix of everything they dreamt of and more. With long golden grass, massive trees, and an abundance of moss, they felt transported out of Albany, but still had a hint of home. We adventured through the property, cracking jokes about dinosaurs and learning about their New York wedding plans. We ended our session by traveling to the lake for some sunset portraits. Marissa and Alex were photobombed by a few classic Florida friends (no alligators this time).

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

We worked together in customer service at a tech start up in Schenectady NY.

 

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

We both share a love for board games (even if it brings out the competitive sides of both of us) and checking out new restaurants and breweries. We are really good at keeping the other in check. This can be pushing the other to try something new or putting something in perspective when the other is stressed.

 

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

Marissa: After a early date (we were friends for a while at the time) I was driving home and “blank space” came on. The line “so it’s gonna be forever or its gonna go down in flames” seemed to really describe my feelings. I was excited, we had been great friends from the moment we met but with that came worry of dating someone I was so close with. Glad it worked out the way it did.

 

Alex: About the same time I made dinner and we hung out for the first time together, participating in a fantasy football draft for the upcoming NFL season. Fast forward about 2 years, I ended up blurting out to one of my close friends that we were going to get married one day. I was in grad school at the time so it seemed like it was more of a dream than an actual plan. It only took 1.5 more years to save up the money for a ring.

 

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

We had a pretty crazy summer so missed our usual anniversary date night so decided on 9/21 to celebrate. As luck would have it Marissa would get a bad cold that week and was a bit feverish that night. Alex made dinner (Mac & cheese) and gave a couple belated anniversary gifts. The last was a 5 year daily question journal where he changed the daily question to “will you marry me”. Of course Marissa said yes! Marissa did have an idea it was coming when her dad accidently mentioned getting dinner with Alex that she didn’t know was happening. As a daddy’s girl she could tell he was getting his blessing.

 

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

It’s a solitaire diamond with a twist pave diamond band. The best man was sent on scouting duties to figure out what Marissa liked and didn’t do a great job. Lucky a bridesmaid was able to step in a help Alex find the perfect ring!