Fall may be officially upon us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a few hours (or more!) to bask in the glow of a sunshine-filled Key Biscayne engagement shoot that reminds us just how much we love those warm Summer months.  In fact, you might want to set aside a few DAYS to soak in all of the lovely captured by Katie Lopez Photography, because, well.  It’s just that good.  I’m talking a vintage sailboat, a glamorous duo and bundles of light-filled images chock-full of LOVE.  Click here for so much more.

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From the Bride-to-Be… If you’ve ever spent a weekend with Ryan and me, you have probably been subjected to the feeling of wind in your hair, salt on your face and a few sunburns while sailing down in Tampa Bay. Ryan and I both grew up sailing with our families every summer, and things haven’t changed since we’ve met. We live by the motto “Work like a captain, play like a pirate,” so naturally we knew that a sailing-themed shoot was a must. I knew I wanted it to be different from all the others — something glamorous, something fun, and, well, something that would let me rent this fabulous gold gown I had been eyeing… Having been born and raised in Miami, I knew just where to find that old vintage sailboat that would really send it over the top. We chartered the beautiful, antique, 31-foot Nepenthe II out of Key Biscayne; with its teak deck, classic feel and intimate setting, it was perfect. Our photographers, the amazingly talented Katie Lopez and her husband Cito, could have not been more up for the challenge. We tested their balance as boats passed by too closely to see what was going on — apparently my dress really caught the light! There were a few close calls overboard: a straw hat that found its new home in the ocean and the fun time of explaining what sequins were to Captain Michael. The day was filled with laughs, great wind, and even my fiance telling me that the only thing that could top this day was the wedding. Overall, I can honestly say that I feel like the luckiest girl in the world; I got the engagement shoot dreams are made of and landed the man of my dreams.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography / Location: Key Biscayne, Florida / Sailboat: Classic Sailing Charters / Couple’s Casual Attire: J.Crew / Long Gold Dress: Badgley Mischka via Rent the Runway