It's pretty obvious that we go head-over-heels for anything that's adorably and stylishly Nautical here on Floridian Weddings. Today's engagement session from Maria Glassford Photography is exactly that which makes us happy: a beautiful couple (high school sweethearts, no less!), a gorgeous lighthouse location on Gasparilla Island, and chic details that were styled by Along Came Stephanie, who was also sweet enough to stop by and share some tidbits about her work on the shoot. I've been so excited to share this lovely bit of sunshine with you... so go ahead and enjoy!
High school sweethearts Kyle and Kendra have been dating for eight years. Kyle loves fishing, boating and golfing, and Kyndra loves shopping, crafting and "all things weddings"... but they come together with their love of fishing and being outdoors. When asked what they love about each other, the couple told us, "Kyndra loves how Kyle has the ability to make her laugh in any situation and how he is always her best friend before anything else. Kyle loves Kyndra's personality and how she always tries her best to make everyone happy, he also loves making her laugh... especially when she is trying to be mad at him."
The couple shared their engagement story with us (in third person) - and of course, it's adorable as well! And once you read it, the meaning behind the nautical theme will be perfectly clear.
Kyle constructed a 40ft. long sign out of farmers freeze-cloth and painted the words "Will U Marry Me?" with black paint. Kyndra had been dying to go fishing and Kyle promised her that he would take her the morning of her birthday and that he had found this great new snook spot and that she was going to catch the biggest snook of her life (little did she know this would be the best day of her life, and boy was she about to catch the biggest snook, ever!).
Kyle and Kyndra woke up early to head out on the boat and in the car the song "Just Fishin" by Trace Adkins came on the radio. Kyle mentioned to Kyndra what a perfect song this was for this day of fishing. Kyndra never suspected anything as Kyle was acting completely calm, cool, and normal the entire time. On the way up to the bridge where the sign was hung Kyle slowed down the boat (manatee zone, not unusual) and asked Kyndra to go up to the cooler and grab him a gatorade. Apparently this was the cue for the sign to be dropped. Kyndra then proceeded to come back and sit down next to Kyle with his gatorade. He then asked her to go look in the front compartment of the boat to make sure the cast net was there. She then sat on the front of the boat and looked for the cast net. Just as she was replying, "Yes, it's right here", Kyle said "What's that?" and pointed at the bridge. Kyndra turned around to see the huge sign hung behind her that said "Will U Marry Me?"
Kyle then proceeded to pull out a little wooden box and flashed her dream ring at her and told her "I told you that you were going to catch the biggest snook of your life today, I love you, Will you marry me?" Kyndra then was so shocked that she forgot to speak for a few seconds until Kyle asked again. She then realized that this was really happening and said "Yes!" and hopped up to kiss her new fiance! Kyle then pointed out his best friends holding up the sign and taking pictures. They fished the rest of the morning, well everyone else fished. Kyndra was too busy calling everyone to tell them the good news! It was truly a magical day and Kyndra still gets butterflies everytime she thinks about that moment. They can't wait to spend the rest of their lives together and enjoy more time "Just Fishin".
From Stephanie: From the start I knew styling Kyndra & Kyle's engagement shoot was going to have to express their love of the water and incorporate a bit of Southern Charm. With Kyle's love of boating and Kyndra's impeccable taste I wanted to meld the ideas together so that it truly captured who they are. Whether it was just the two of them in the shot or in ones using props we wanted to capture the love that is shared between them.
In discussions with Kyndra I knew the feel she wanted to capture so I sought out items that would work well together. The blue and green nautical glass floats added both the color and feel they were wanting to achieve. The vase had the right nautical look and was perfect to hold just a touch of flowers so as to not take away but yet add to the shoot. In addition adding a bit of the vintage look with the lantern and stool added just the right touch. Of course the fishing net was the perfect backdrop in many of the shots bringing it all together.
Kyndra also gave us some insights into their planning philosophy: It was really easy for us to decide on a theme for our engagement shoot and our wedding in general with our love for all things nautical. We combined things that we both love into our big day and if anything we hope that our guests will see that we tried to make our wedding truly "us" and about no one else.
I'm sure they will, Kyndra! It already sounds like a wedding we'd love to attend (save us a few seats?!) Best of luck to you and Kyle, and thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Big thanks as well to Maria and Stephanie!