Well, since we are now in the Christmas season, I feel it is only appropriate to tell you what might be an excellent Christmas gift for me. I mean, I’m sure it’s on the top of your priority list to know what you might get me; therefore, I feel it’s important to share with you.
I’m sure we all know that I may or may not have a small issue with an exorbitant love of coffee. Coffee is pretty much the lifeblood of this planet and should be honored and cherished as such. Knowing that I truly value coffee on such a deep level, my life can tend to be a bit of a coffee scavenger hunt. Going from one coffee shop to another in order to find the perfect cup. Being still what I would consider someone new to South Florida and the West Palm Beach area, I do tend to explore quite a bit. By explore, I mean that I’m constantly on the lookout for the newest favorite coffee shop. The beauty of being a wedding photographer is that I do tend to travel fairly regularly, which gives me an opportunity to, obviously, find great coffee.
Back to my Christmas present, I need my own espresso machine. Now that I have realized that really the best coffee indeed comes by owning your own espresso machine and learning to be a coffee ninja, it now needs to be top priority. As in hello, Christmas is right around the corner, get shopping. 😉
Meet Jenna and Andrew. Jenna and I hit it off almost immediately because 1. she loves coffee almost as obsessively as I do and 2. Andrew is from California. Jenna, being back and forth from SoCal and here, (and understanding both native cultures) has become a South Florida tour guide, helping me to find wonderful places and things I didn’t know this state possessed. She is also planning one of the most gorgeous weddings I have ever seen. I cannot wait or begin to tell you how brilliant this wedding is going to be. And she owns an espresso machine. Pause for reflection.
We started Jenna and Andrew’s engagement session on Hutchinson Island, which is about 40 minutes north of West Palm Beach. The plan was to do a beautiful sunrise engagement shoot with your amazing sun that comes right out of the South Florida ocean. However, it decided to be extremely cloudy and, I kid you not, never peeked out for even one minute. I am SO not use to this weather. Our beautiful pink light beach session turned into a cuddly, adorable, sweet moment for the two of them. Watching it get lighter around us as they cuddled on a quilt and drank their coffee, I think it was actually more fun than what the original plan was.
We then moved from there to a location that has these amazing Banyan trees which kind of ‘be still’ my happy little Southern Californian heart because they’re so neat looking. I also would like to stay that nobody died in the making of the images, although it was a little tricky considering this apparently is the busiest road on the planet to when we were trying to get the images.
From there we went back to the couple’s home, where we had a lifestyle ‘breakfast making’ engagement session. Not only did I adore Jenna’s vision for this idea, but as it was playing out before me and how adorably cute they were together, it easily became one of my favorite parts of the whole morning. The extreme benefits of being a wedding photographer and an engagement photographer is that when you make friends with really awesome people like Jenna and Andrew, they make you food and feed you coffee while you’re photographing them. #iwin
By far, the very best part of our engagement session was that the fantastic breakfast I witnessed being made they also shared with their favorite photographer. Boom. Plus Jenna made me a soy latte that I will not soon forget. She is officially my favorite Barista ever. Also, as I may have mentioned previously, I need my own espresso machine.
I hope you enjoy the images as much as we enjoyed creating them, Jenna and Andrew. I can’t wait for your gorgeous wedding day! And the food, obviously. 😉
Everyone else, Enjoy.