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St. Petersburg Waterfront Engagement Session: Jeff & Andrew

Rising Lotus Photography

Jeff and Andrew met during a night out in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Their love story started over a conversation about science. Jeff proposed on December 27, 2013 at Sugarloaf Ski Resort in Maine. He popped the question on a snowy bridge over a stream. They’d previously talked about getting engaged, so he planned ahead and bought two rings. Before they went for a walk, he put the second ring inside his jacket.

After Andrew said yes, he said “But I don’t have a ring for you!” Jeff pulled out the second ring. He had accidentally mixed up rings, so there was a bit of awkwardness as they switched, but clearly all turned out great. They followed the engagement with a drink at the ski bar and went back to their accommodations to celebrate with family.

The couple enjoyed everything about their engagement session. Marilyn, their photographer, focused on them as a couple. She was energizing and surprised them with a lovely picnic in the park in downtown St. Pete. She put together a slideshow of the session, which Jeff and Andrew can’t stop watching and sharing with others. Marilyn’s most valuable advice was to take time to make yourself feel good before the session.

Rising Lotus Photography
Rising Lotus Photography
Rising Lotus Photography
Rising Lotus Photography
Rising Lotus Photography

Jeff and Andrew chose an all-inclusive venue, which helped with their planning. The venue is a boat, and includes catering, bar and entertainment. The grooms have been able to focus on the finer details and making the wedding special for everyone. They have had fun bringing their tastes together as a couple to develop their color scheme and décor. It has been most challenging to stay within a budget. Working out the specific details a gay wedding has also been complex as neither groom has ever been to one. Not being a “traditional” couple, though, has allowed them to explore different ideas.

Rising Lotus Photography
Rising Lotus Photography
Rising Lotus Photography
Rising Lotus Photography

Jeff shared their advice for newly-engaged couples: “Look for guides to help in the planning process as there are some things that need to be completed early in the process, and some things that can wait. Try to split some of the workload so one person does not get burned out! Make lists and celebrate accomplishments.”

Rising Lotus Photography
Rising Lotus Photography

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Photographer: Rising Lotus Photography // Event Designer: Ever After Vintage Weddings // Other Location: North Straub Park //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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