When everything seems to fall into the right place at the right time you may find yourself asking if it is more than just serendipity – perhaps fate, or even the guidance of a higher power. For Vanessa and Gregory, their relationship unfolded as naturally as floral blooms in a tropical garden. Their first date was an evening of dinner, laughing, and “talking like old friends.” Vanessa and Gregory look forward to celebrating their love with family friends on September 30th, and giving thanks to their creator with a few glasses of champagne.
Read all about Vanessa & Gregory’s love story, romantic surprise proposal, and wedding aspirations in their garden chic engagement in Florida.
Bride & Groom-to-be: Vanessa & Gregory
Occupations: Legal Assistant & Account Manager
Wedding date: September 30th, 2018
Wedding location: Hollywood, FL
Location of Engagement shoot: Matheson Hammock Park & Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal: We met at our mutual friend’s mother’s house. At the time it was a simple introduction, and I never thought that four years later we were on our way to spending the rest of our lives together. Every moment in our relationship, from courtship to us becoming husband and wife, has been serendipitous.
The proposal was totally a surprise and an amazing one. While on holiday in Puerto Rico with our best friends, we went to dinner at this beautiful restaurant overlooking the beach. While sharing laughs and admiring the view, our waitress brought a beautifully decorated Mini cake with a candle. I looked at her and told her you got the wrong table it’s not my birthday. She kept on laughing and I was like no it’s not me. She said “look closer,” I looked and I saw something shining in the rose flower and pushed up my glasses further then saw the writing… Well, after that, I totally lost it and started screaming aloud. Everyone at the restaurant started clapping and screaming with me. The best part was that all of my family and friends knew months before. I suspected nothing the entire time. This was a moment in time that I will never forget.
Describe your engagement session. Our engagement session was exactly how we wanted it to be from the lighting to the locations. We wanted to keep it simple yet chic and also reflected our wedding theme which is “Garden Chic.”
What did you do on your first date? On our first date we went to dinner and spent the rest of the evening laughing and talking like old friends.
What’s your favorite thing to do as a couple? We love to travel, watch sports, hangout with our friends, and catch up on favorite shows.
How has wedding planning been so far? Wedding planning is going well. So far we are right on schedule with everything.
Tell us what you’re looking forward to most on the wedding day. I’m looking forward to celebrating our love with family and friends. As a couple we put forth the hard work to build a foundation, why not take a day to give thanks to our Creator and celebrate with one or maybe two glasses of champagne.
Photographer: Reem Photography