Jonathan and Karlissea’s sexy and sophisticated engagement session will have you swooning.
After meeting on social media, Karlissea and Jonathan embarked on a whirlwind romance, leading to Johanthan’s surprise proposal in front of family and friends at a beautiful rooftop restaurant.
Their engagement session was all about love and luxury they share, “Our session was at a Luxury 4-star hotel. The elegance of The Watermark was perfect and matched our vision of ‘luxe love.'”
Keep scrolling to read more about their love story, and see their stunning engagement photos!!
- Full names of couple: Karlissea Hives & Jonathan Smith
- Occupations: Railroad Conductor & Medicaid Administrator
- Wedding date: 8/7/21
- Wedding location: Gallery 14
- Location of Engagement shoot: Watermark- Baton Rouge, LA
How did you meet?
It went down in the DMs!
Tell us your proposal story.
Jonathan told me his good friend was proposing that evening & to come straight home to get dressed. (Shoutout to James & Jasmin, they really did get engaged the following week!) Once I made it home, he was rushing me and acting weird, of course, I didn’t think much of it.
We headed to the location, on the way he wanted me to take the long way, maybe he was trying to calm his nerves LOL. Then he wanted me to stop at the gas station, I had a full tank of gas. Really, he was buying time to give our family/friends a chance to arrive. Later on, he told me he went in the bathroom to gather himself because he was growing emotional at what was to come. As we drove closer he gave me more detailed instructions on which way to drive and where to park, again so I can dodge my friends/family who were arriving.
He proposed at a beautiful rooftop restaurant in Baton Rouge called Tsunami’s. We exited the elevator and I saw all of my closest friends and family. I literally couldn’t stand. Hand and hand he guided me to our daughter holding a “mommy will you marry my daddy” sign. The rest is history ❤️
When did you know he/she was “the one”?
Karlissea: When I talked on the phone with him from 7pm to 6am in the morning without getting annoyed, I knew he was special.
Jonathan: She made me want to be a better man, she changed my whole life. When she had the power to slow me down, I knew I had my wife.
Describe your engagement session. Did you have a theme?
“Luxe Love” Our session was at a Luxury 4-star hotel. The elegance of The Watermark was perfect and matched my vision of “luxe love.”
What did you do on your first date?
We had dinner & a movie! We were so young, our dating experiences have definitely been upgraded!
What’s your favorite thing to do as a couple?
We absolutely love cooking together & watching football! Geaux SU Jags, Miami Hurricanes Canes, & New Orleans Saints.
How has wedding planning been so far?
We have had to change our date due to COVID restrictions but for the most part, planning has been a breeze. My fiancé told me I can have what I want, he will just show up!
Tell us what you’re looking forward to most on the wedding day.
We are looking forward to seeing all of our family & friends after being in quarantine for months. My absolute favorite detail so far is the live painting and the saxophonist!