It feels pretty special to read about (and see, thanks to Michelle Kristine Photography's beautiful work) two people, from so far away, make their home here in Florida. Simona and Dave met, fell in love, got engaged and were married here in this new home that they love; their engagement session honored both where they came from and who they are now, together.
Having known Dave and Simona for a few years, Michelle already had the perfect plan in mind when they came to her for their engagement session. Says Michelle, "They love the feel of the city and all the aspects that come with it. The high rise buildings, the modern landscape, the clean lines and chic lifestyle. They both have a serious sense of style, being both classy and modern all at the same time... The different talents they possess collectively is just not even fair."
Simona, from Latvia, and Dave, from Dubai, were both immigrants from big cities, and they came to the States to study and find a better future. Years later, with degrees and successful jobs in hand (Simona teaching music at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Dave working as a User Experience designer for Levatas), they also found each other.
It was their musical talents, and their faith, that brought them together. Dave plays guitar for his church in Jupiter, and Simona (who was still at school in Boston at the time) was invited to play with them for a Christmas concert. As Dave tells us, "Simona fell in love with Florida and the people here. After finishing up in Boston, Simona highly considered moving to Florida. After applying for a teaching position in 30 different places, all was denied except Florida! She moved shortly after that."
Although Simona and Dave had talked about a December engagement, Dave knew he wanted to surprise her. So, he planned it for a few months before that, on her birthday... and I love that we get to hear the story from the groom!
I thought that her birthday would be the greatest cover up for a proposal. Simona loves the city (we both do). I decided to take her to a rooftop restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach that overlooked the Island of Palm Beach and the pacific ocean called "Top of the Point". We had a nice dinner, exchanged some sweet words and I gave her a watch. After dinner, I asked her to take a stroll with me across the Intracoastal and go to a spot right next to the Flagler Museum called "Big Tree". This spot overlooks the other side of the island (downtown West Palm Beach). The sun was setting and the lights from the skyline were being reflected in the water. I asked her if she would be my wife, then she said yes! I had a surprise party ready for her back in the place she was living at with all our friends and family waiting. It was the birthday that she'll never forget.
So romantic! The two were married in April, and as Dave tells us, "We ended up having the sweetest wedding one could ever have." Congratulations, guys!
Location: Downtown West Palm Beach | Photography: Michelle Kristine Photography