Redlands Koi Gardens Engagement Session by Elaine Palladino Photography
August 8, 2012
These two cutie pies have a lot to celebrate and it all began with a surprise proposal on St. Lucia! Their gorgeous e-session was captured brilliantly by Elaine Palladino Photography and judging by the description of their wedding plans, their day is not only going to be off the charts fun, but super meaningful to boot! We can't wait to see it! See even more of their adorable session right here.

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From the Groom-to-Be... Mallory's birthday was approaching, and it was her GOLDEN birthday. I wanted to make this birthday was a special one and decided to take her on a surprise getaway. Little did she know, it would truly be a birthday weekend that she would never forget. For months, I had kept giving Mallory clues about their mystery destination and would tell her their trip was to Alaska. Departure day arrived — Thanksgiving Day — and very early in the morning we off to the airport. Mallory was still in the dark about where we were going, and I had the ring hidden in my carry on. While I was checking in at the kiosk, Mallory looked at the computer and saw we were going to St. Lucia! It was a wonderful trip full of surprises — besides the engagement! We toured the island, visited a drive-through volcano, bathed in the hot springs and mud baths and went zip-lining.

After a fun filled weekend, the last thing Mallory was expecting was a proposal. I had told Mallory that we were going to have a romantic dinner on the beach — the whole time Mallory was thinking this was for her birthday. As Mallory was finishing up getting ready in the bathroom, I slipped the ring into my pocket. The nerves were getting to me, and I thought that she would for sure see the ring box in my pocket. We walked up to a beautiful gazebo with a view of the gorgeous mountains in St. Lucia. It was the perfect setting for a romantic evening. As we went through the first course and drank champagne, I decided it was time. I began telling Mallory all the reasons I was thankful that she was in my life — after all it was Thanksgiving weekend. At no point did she think anything was out of the ordinary. I finally pushed back the chair from the table, and that was when Mallory knew. I  got down on one knee and asked, "Mallory Elyse Ross, will you marry me?" After wiping away the tears, Mallory said, "Yes!"

From the Couple... Our wedding is going to be both modern and traditional but most of all FUN!! Jonathan ran an entertainment company before moving to Florida, and Mallory knows how to party. There are high expectations for this big day, and some of our friends have already dubbed it as "the wedding of the year." We both know what we want and refuse to settle. The wedding is going to be set in stages and with the amount of people coming from out of town, we want to have it all in one venue. It will begin with a traditional ceremony with a three-part orchestra setting the stage. We will be writing our own vows and confess our love for one another in front of our family and dearest friends. We are planning a first look so that we can enjoy our guests and every part of the day. After greeting all of our friends and family in a receiving line, we will move into the cocktail hour with a steel drum band to showcase our Caribbean heritage. The reception venue over looks downtown Miami and the music will be provided by Jonathan's friends and business partners. This is when the fun begins! Great people, great music and a once-in-a-lifetime event calls for a celebration.

Photography: Elaine Palladino Photography / Engagement Session Venue: Redland Koi Gardens in Redland, Florida / Bride's Attire: Target / Groom's Attire: Old Navy, Guess + Express