This sweet engagement session from Rachel V Photography is all about capturing the magic and the meaning. I can't think of a better place to have captured this couple's story than at Disney, where it all began!
Allen and Maura met and had their first date at Disney's BoardWalk while Allen was in town for spring training (he works for the Houston Astros). Could there be a better engagement session location for this California boy and Florida girl? Says Maura, "I love the idea of our our future children and grandchildren seeing the photos, and being able to tell them that is the place where Allen and I first met."
Four and a half years later, Allen surprised his bride-to-be with a gorgeous ring. Maura tells us how it happened: I returned home from work to find my living room had been transformed into a beautiful dining room with candlelight and roses. After enjoying a gorgeous intimate meal that I thought was celebrating Christmas, Allen got down on one knee and held up a ring box. When he opened it, the inside of the box actually lit up and the ring glowed and sparkled in the candlelit room. It literally made me gasp. He asked me to spend the rest of my life with him, and of course I said yes!
Maura and Allen currently live in Houston, but their families are still split between the two coasts... which makes for an ideal destination wedding situation! Due to the distances, and the love they both share for the ocean, they've chosen a third gorgeous coast on which to tie the knot: Maui.
As Maura explains, "We met at the 'most magical place on earth' and will get married in Hawaii's 'magic isle' of Maui. Everything will be intimate, colorful, tropical, and centered around the ocean. Many elements will pay tribute to my childhood in Stuart, Florida: pineapples, Lilly Pulitzer design elements, and Lilly Pulitzer dresses worn by bridesmaids and family members. Pacific coast inspired leis, florals, and shells will tie in Allen's Southern California childhood and our gorgeous Maui wedding location."
Maura and Allen, that sounds absolutely amazing - a perfect homage to your love story! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.