Noga and Steven

Tampa, Florida

 

 

Photographer | Suzanne Lytle Photography | @slytlephotography

Location | Ybor City

Transportation | Ford Motor Company | @ford

From the Photographer

Noga and Steven are that couple. They met back in High School and were members of their Marching Band. After graduation they both attended USF and were members of the Herd of thunder Marching Band where Steven was the drum major. Steven graduated with a degree in engineering and works in the Aerospace field while pursuing his Masters. Noga graduate with her Public Relations Degree and her Graduate degree in Law. She is currently enrolled in Law School at Stetson Law School.

 

They are both adventurous, and full of life. For their engagement session they both wanted something different, edgy, hip yet fun. And we had to include the Tampa skyline and Steven’s prize Mustang convertible. They have a new Golden Retriever puppy named Stella, and the story goes when it came time to propose, Steven wanted to include their fur baby. He arranged to have a “mock” photo session with their pup. He let Noga pick the location. After the photo shoot, Noga turned to grab some doggie treats from her bag and Steven picked this moment to get down on his knee with the ring. Of course she said Yes.

 

Steven is an accomplished musician and I shot his sister’s wedding in June where he took the stage with his talented Father to play a rousing rendition of Shake Rattle and Roll which had all the guests up on their feet! I cannot wait for their wedding next July. I hope you enjoy their gallery.

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

Steve and I met our freshman year of High School in band. We were in the same friend group for all of high school and I always had a crush on him, but he was always more focused on school then relationships. However, I finally got him to go on a date with me senior year and that’s where it all started!

 

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

One thing that makes Steve and I’s relationship incredibly unique is that after a semester of college and pushing ourselves to go outside of our comfort zones and partake in extracurriculars, we decided that it was best for both of us to take time away from the relationship to truly focus on finding ourselves in college separately. We agreed if it was meant to be then we would find a way back to each other when we were ready. It took a little over a year, but not only did we find a way back to each other, we also found ourselves. We are now strong believers in the phrase, “if it’s meant to be, it’ll find a way”. We truly believe we are meant to be and are so much stronger because we made sure to take the time to find ourselves Steve and I are both extremely academically driven people and always have been. Steve is pursuing his masters in Electrical Engineering while working as a full-time engineer and I am in my second year of law school. We have always pushed each other in school so that we could succeed and accomplish all of our career goals. Steve was there for me in college, when I doubted my ability to get into and handle law school. He reminded me of my worth and my intelligence and has supported me in my journey to becoming a lawyer. It’s not always easy balancing a relationship with school, but we’ve always found a way to make it work and push each other to be better.

 

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

When Steve and I were dating in high school, I had an epiphany one day about how much I loved him and cared about him and just knew he was the one. It was a day where he was really sad about something, and hearing that just made me in turn feel really sad and all I wanted to do was make him happy again. However, when Steve and I decided to “take a break” in college, I did get worried that maybe my intuition was wrong. This worry completely went away when things began to fall back into place, a year after our break. I just knew he was the one because we were able to take a break to focus on ourselves and still somehow find a way back to each other and came back better and stronger than ever. I really truly believe we were meant to be together.

 

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

Steve and I moved in together in March and got a new dog in April. Before moving in together, Steve always said he wanted to live together for one year before he proposed. However, after getting a dog and living together for a few months, I could tell Steve was getting more and more antsy to ask me to marry him. We actually went to look at rings in June, but Steve “assured me” that he wasn’t going to propose for a while. In July, our golden Retriever Stella was turning 6 months old and we always agreed we wanted to get professional photos taken to commemorate her 6-month birthday, just as we had done when we first bought her home. There has always been 2 things I told Steve I wanted in regards to a photoshoot: I wanted photos of it and I wanted my nails to look decent. Our good friend, Cristina Klein, is a photographer and agreed to take the photos for us. Little did I know, Steve was planning on proposing to me during this photoshoot. I’ve always been a planner and Steve wanted me to have a say in my proposal, without even knowing it. Therefore, he had Cristina ask me somewhere special I wanted to have our photos taken. I picked Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg because Steve and I moved to St. Petersburg together and it meant a lot to the both of us and we really love the city. During the day of the proposal, Steve was taking videos on his phone about how today was going to be the day he asked me to marry him and how he just didn’t want to wait any longer to make that commitment to me. I had NO idea Steve was going to propose to me that day, for some reason the thought never came to my head that today would be the day. I even joked with him before we left for the photoshoot not to ask that day (I would mess with him a lot about it) because my nails looked horrible. But I genuinely did not think he was going to ask. When we got to Vinoy Park, Cristina had her phone attached to her backpack, and asked me it was okay if she \”live recorded\” our photoshoot for a YouTube video she was going to make. I truly thought nothing of it. However, turns out she did this so we could also have a video of the proposal. The photoshoot went on as normal and we got beautiful photos with Stella. However, when I thought we were finally done, Steve told me he wanted to get more photos taken (which was surprising because he isn’t a picture person). Then, out of nowhere, Steve grabbed my hands and told me about how much he loved me and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. To be quite honest – I was in so much shock when he asked that I basically blacked out when he asked and don’t remember exactly what he said. However, the shock wore off after a few minutes, and I literally started to cry because I was just so happy and excited to spend my life with him. After he proposed, he pulled out a pack of stick on nails for me to put on so that I could have my “dream proposal nails” and get good ring photos just as I wanted. After we left Vinoy Park, Steve asked me where I wanted to go get a celebratory dinner and I picked WingStop. Steve and I are obsessed with their wings and it was only fitting we go celebrate with some wings. When we got home, Steve showed me all of the videos he took that day and handed me a piece of paper with everything he wanted to say to me when he proposed. The piece of paper is now being framed in our home, alongside our engagement photos.

 

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

Steve got me a 1.08 Carat Oval Diamond with a Halo.

 

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

I was so excited to plan my wedding day! Before we got engaged – I had major wedding fever and would always look at wedding inspiration on Pinterest. Steve and I are getting married at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa on 7.11.2020. Steve loves slurpees and we figured it’d be a date we’d never forget. Stay tuned to see if we can get 7/11 to provide slurpees at our wedding 😉