Elegant Downtown St. Pete Engagement Session
April 10, 2015
This St. Pete e-sesh is what happens when you mashup good style, sweet love and the sea all into one pretty package. Jacqui Cole captured Coley and Matt, along with their adorable mini golden doodle, on the sun-kissed waterfront surrounded by lush greens and a warm breeze. Escape to the full gallery for even more.
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From Jacqui Cole... Coley and Matt's engagement session was perfectly intimate and natural. They decided to roam around their hometown of St Pete, FL for their session. We started the session at the historic Vinoy Renaissance, where their mini golden doodle made a wonderful appearance! As the sun set over the harbor we made our way out onto the docks where Coley and Matt released their balloons. Coley's impeccable sense of style, paired with their natural connection turned out so beautiful on film!

From the beautiful Bride-to-be... Matt and I have known each other for years, it was only a matter of the right timing till acquaintances became sparks, and sparks quickly became love. Not even a year went by before he was down on one knee, with our dog by our side, and he was asking for my hand in marriage.

For the engagement session I knew I wanted it to be near our wedding site, but in an area where we won't be able to catch on our wedding day. We're getting married at the St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts this coming October. Since I love photos that include greenery and nature, the hidden backdrops of St. Pete were perfect! When choosing what to wear for the session it wasn't too hard for me - I love dresses, I mean loveee dresses. So being in anything other than that would just be uncomfortable so I picked outfits that made me feel pretty and most of all comfortable. As nervous as I was, I couldn't believe how much our photographer eased our nerves. It was actually fun and i never expected that! I would definitely advise all the brides-to-be who are waiting for the engagement session to just take a deep breath and trust your photographer. You can plan all you want in your head, but ultimately, they are the one catching the shots. So be comfortable, laugh as much as you can, and be yourself.

When planning our wedding I think finding the right planner was key. They will direct you to the best connections they have. If you trust your planner, they will make sure to trust their recommended vendors. It will always be a win win! I'm so excited for the big day and walking down the isle in a dress I'm obsessed with to marry the man I keep falling more and more in love with everyday. It all seems so surreal still.