You guys. Stories and imagery like this are everything. I was ecstatic to see these shots from Shutter Life Productions and then floored when I read Marco and Lizzie's life and love story! These two are a dynamic and passionate duo and rain or shine, they're bound to have a great time.
After co-working as interns, Lizzie and Marco began seeing more of one another outside of the office. Over time, they developed an incredible friendship which became the solid foundation for their relationship to grow.
Their engagement story begins with Lizzie's passion and life's work. She is the founder of a non-profit organization called Market Colors. "We work with over five hundred men and women throughout Africa, equipping them to sell their handmade goods to the rest of the world through our website." One of those handmade clutches just happened to jump into my cart. Gorgeousness!
While I’d been a frequent traveler to Africa, Marco had never been. We had been dating for almost two years and we both felt that it was time for him to see the work we were doing firsthand. Last summer, the two of us and my friend Robyn made plans to travel to Africa for two weeks. Marco decided that he would propose on our trip, my most favorite place in the world.
The first twelve days of our trip were incredible with visits to Malawi, Ethiopia and Kenya. We heard the amazing stories of the craftsmen we work with and were blown away to learn that since our partnership, there had been real transformations within many of the families. We traveled around documenting the stories of the craftsmen with hopes that these stories would be an encouragement to our customers back home.
On one of our last days and after hours of b-roll footage, we decided to walk around the Maasai Mara, one of the most remote places we'd ever been. Shortly into our walk, Robyn told me she was going to walk a little ways back and get some footage of me from behind walking around the area. When I turn back around, I saw Marco about thirty feet away, down on one knee. His plan had always been to propose in Africa and I’m so grateful that he did! Africa is truly such a special place to me, and now for many reasons, to Marco as well.
The center stone in the ring is a sapphire. The ring is honestly everything I've ever wanted… unique, antique, classic, and so perfectly Marco and I. Since I work in Africa, it was important to us to have a ring that was conflict-free and getting a sapphire is one way to insure that. The sapphire is also just so beautiful and they are all a bit different. I was first inspired by Princess Diana's (and now Kate's) ring. After we got engaged I found out that William and Kate had gotten engaged in Kenya as well!
For their e-sesh, these two wanted unique and beautiful images, so they chose to walk around downtown Orlando, rain or shine. They had a few moments of sunshine and even a rainbow, but it wasn't long before the Florida skies opened up and really began to downpour. Since Lizzie and Marco are all about having fun and love to dance around, they decided that instead of running from the rain, they'd just embrace it. And each other.
Thankfully, we got those amazing shots of us dancing in the alley. I give Nate and Lori credit for putting their cameras through the elements! The entire shoot was honestly SO much fun. Marco isn't a huge fan of getting pictures taken, mostly because they are so often very stuffy and can be awkward or forced. He said that he had the best time and was so happy that not only was the shoot painless, but it turned into one of the best days! I'm so glad we can look back at our engagement pictures and not just like how they turned out but be reminded of a really awesome day.
And that's why we think it's so important to choose a photographer with a great portfolio and personality that speaks to you. We're so glad you both had a great time. Congratulations and cheers to many more passion-filled adventures!