When backyard elegance meets a seriously stylish couple and it’s all captured by Justin DeMutiis Photography, my friends -  that is prettiness defined. It’s a trifecta of wedding blogger bliss, and when this adorable duo’s engagement session just happens to be on the SMP Florida blog at this VERY moment – you officially have one very pretty Tuesday morning. Of course, there is even more of this fab Florida fête to take in – so be sure to stop on by the full gallery of images for even more pretty!

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From Justin DeMutiis PhotographyKatie and Erick met while they were out one night with their friends in Tampa. Katie was wearing a blinking Jagermeister necklace she’d received at an Oktoberfest party earlier in the evening, and Erick decided it was his job to approach her to tell her how ridiculous it looked. Katie, not used to anyone telling her she’d made a fashion accessory faux pas, was taken aback by his bold honesty. They went on their first date five days later and have been together ever since!

The couple got engaged on Valentine’s weekend 2011. Erick whisked Katie away to a surprise romantic dinner at one of his favorite beachside restaurants in Clearwater. They had such a wonderful meal that Katie didn’t think the night could have been any more perfect …until Erick surprised her with the most beautiful ring she’d ever seen.

Wedding Photography: Justin DeMutiis of Justin DeMutiis Photography / Wedding Venue: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida / Wedding Planning: Barbie Tilman of Bumblebee Weddings & Events / Floral Design: Stephanie Prenatt of FH Weddings & Events / Catering: Kelly Mason of Fete Catering (941-552-0151) / Ceremony Musicians: Bella Musica / DJ: Josh Walther of Inspire Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via Olga’s Bridal Boutique / Hair: Tammy Gamso of The Finishing Touches (941-920-1784) / Makeup: Katie Firestone (The Bride — ktfab79@gmail.com) / Headpiece: Tessa Kim

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