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Florida Garden Engagement Session: Andrea & Megan

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Megan and Andrea’s love story dates back to their earliest days, when they attended daycare together in the early 90’s! Though they ended up going to different middle schools, years later Facebook identified Andrea’s sister to Megan as a “person you may know.” The prompt reminded Andrea of Megan, and she immediately searched for her and sent a message asking if Megan remembered her. They talked for hours then decided to meet. They have been inseparable ever since.

On Jan. 1, 2015, Andrea asked Megan to marry her. They were counting down to the New Year at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg and watching the fireworks. Andrea knew it was the right moment. She had her ring in her shirt pocket, and after everyone else counted down, she asked, “Hey, wouldn’t it be amazing to ring in the New Year as my fiancée?”
Joy overcame Megan, who ultimately asked, “REALLY?”
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Megan and Andrea’s engagement photo session was so much fun. Photographer, Amber, made everything easy and enjoyable. The brides loved their photos and couldn’t have asked for a better day.
A. Shaffer Photography
A. Shaffer Photography
Both recommend working with a photographer who allows you to be yourself and have fun. The more relaxed you are, the more authentic the photos will be.
A. Shaffer Photography
A. Shaffer Photography
They have enjoyed planning their wedding so far, especially the small details like the centerpieces and décor. Megan gets so excited when she finds something new to go with their theme. Planning her wedding with her best friend has been magical.
A. Shaffer Photography
A. Shaffer Photography
There are challenges to wedding planning, of course. Megan says, “You don’t realize how much time and energy goes into this day, which ends up being only four to six hours. You spend months planning and trying to cover every detail. It cam be overwhelming.”
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Megan and Andrea’s advice for other engaged couples would be to “Enjoy the moment. Don’t rush anything.” They believe that being engaged for almost two years was one of their best decisions, as they have been able to enjoy being engaged and enjoy planning too. Megan adds, “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. Don’t rush it. You’ll never get (the moment) back.”
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S. Walker is a freelance writer for GayWeddings.com.

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