It seems perfect that Reagan and Tay chose their favorite local spot for engagement photos with our Fave, Melanie Gabrielle. According to them, "Our relationship is all wrapped up in coffee and conversation. From the very beginning, our time has been spent talking and sitting together: two coffee cups, phones put aside, and a couple of hours just listening to each other. No matter what happens in our future, we expect coffee and conversation will be constants."
They met during their spring semester at PBA in history class and got paired together for group projects. From the start they shared a lot of laughs as their friendship grew. From Tay: It wasn’t until we were both planning to move away that I realized how essential Reagan was to my life. We started dating right before we moved. Fortunately, we both ended up in Texas where we worked hard to maintain our long distance relationship. We would meet halfway between Houston and Waco and spend all day at random coffee shops, which inspired our engagement shoot at Subculture.
While home for the holidays last year, Reagan asked Tay to join him for grilled cheese sandwiches at Howley’s, which they did when they were in school. Afterward they went for a walk near campus and wound up at the classroom where they first met. Inside, their entire love story was written on the chalkboard and her best friend was hiding in the corner with a camera.
From Reagan: The whole time I was setting up the proposal, it was all about keeping it a surprise for her. I had to coordinate with the school to get in and set up the classroom, plan with Amanda for her to be there and take the pictures, and finally make it through lunch without slipping up. But when she saw the room, it was all worth it. And she said yes, which is all that really mattered anyway!
“She has this incredible ability to be both caring and focused. Her smile is perfect and I love watching her use it. Maybe the best thing about her is she's always herself. She refuses to be less than authentic, which is amazing when all I could ever want is for her to be just her. I could never have scripted a more wonderful friend or a more incredible relationship.”
And from Tay: Reagan is spontaneous and steady, challenging and supportive, ridiculously talented and amazingly humble. He is a walking paradox and I get to be with him forever. Even when I was blind to his feelings for me, he always showed up when I needed him. We can be so silly together, laughing at the smallest things, but he is more than my intellectual equal. People naturally listen to him and follow his example, but he never abuses the privilege. He is the most amazing man, friend, and partner. I could go on and on about him.
We’ve both been living in Texas, but we knew we wanted to get married in Florida. South Florida is where be both grew up and its where we fell in love. For us, Florida is home and home to the people we love the most.
Anyone else seeing locally roasted coffee favors for these two?! Best wishes with the rest of your wedding plans and congratulations!