So, today couldn't be more Floridian: flamingos, local brew, sunshine and incredible views. Chelsea Erwin Photography truly captured the personalities and style of Erica and Roman. They're locally grown and honestly, so cool. You're gonna love this one...
From Chelsey: Erica and Roman are just about the sweetest two people anyone could meet. I ran a contest for a fully styled session with Angela of ALTARnative Styling and they won. This shoot came together better than I imagined. We even trekked through shark infested waters to get the paddleboarding shots! The styling was perfect and the couple even brought Florida Cracker beer. We couldn’t have had a better couple to photograph.
"We grew up hanging out on Deerfield Beach and eventually working at a local surf shop together, Island Water Sports. We were friends for a while and it just ended up turning into a relationship." says Erica.
One morning last fall, Roman suggested we go for a sunrise paddle before work. We watched a beautiful sunrise over the ocean. I was ready to start our paddle workout back when Roman started messing around, diving into the water to check out the rock pilings underneath. He came up from the water excited to show me a treasure he found. He slid onto my board and I soon realized it was actually a small shell box. Before I had time to register what was happening he was already on one knee asking me to marry him. I said 'absolutely' and then noticed all our family on the pier cheering. It was spectacular and the most amazing day that I will cherish forever.
"When I look back at the photos I am happy with how genuine they are. It was an afternoon spent creating memories of a really fun adventure as opposed to trying to imitate an idea that we found on Pinterest."
If their style and personalities aren't awesome enough, Erica shared her viewpoints on wedding planning and I couldn't agree more: We are very confident in choosing our photographer because of the quality of her work and her confident and relaxing personality. We will spend more time with her than anyone else that day so she sets the tone behind the scenes. Also, we are having a blast enjoying the planning process. We've really tried to make it fun. Each task is spread out so they're not overwhelming. It's a fun opportunity to spend time together with friends and family.
Woo! Congrats, you two. And thanks to everyone who made this session happen and for sharing it with us!