Andrew and Kirsten first started dating on February 14 some 9 years ago while they were both still in high school! That makes them high school sweet hearts with a Valentine’s Day anniversary… could they get any more perfect? 😍 After spending nearly a decade together Andrew knew he wanted to make Kirsten his wife. He decided to pop the question at his sister’s house on Christmas Eve, because it was settled on acres of beautiful land and they would be surrounded by those they loved most! They casually suggested to take some family photos in front of lake and saved Andrew + Kirsten for last (of course 😉). When it was time for their pictures and they were standing in front of the lake Andrew’s sister exclaimed “Oh look – a gator!” and Kirsten turned toward the lake to look for it. She couldn’t see an alligator but kept looking on when she felt a gentle nudge. When she turned back around Andrew was knelt down on one knee holding a ring, nervously asking for her hand in marriage. Kirsten was so shocked she could barely speak. Her hands were shaking. But her instant thought was “Yes!!!” and as soon as she could gather herself, she took the ring and accepted his proposal. They hugged and everyone around them hugged and cried tears of joy together!
Andrew’s sister, Michelle is actually the reason I have the privilege of sharing about Andrew + Kirsten today! She obviously knew her brother was going to propose and gifted them an engagement session with me for Christmas- how sweet, right? ❤️ I’m so glad she did because I had such a fun time getting to know these two and exploring the beautiful scenery of Weeki Wachee right at sunset! Andrew + Kirsten love to be out on the water together and spend nearly every weekend fishing! So it was only fitting that we do their photos by the river! We followed a small dirt beaten path, stopping to take pictures among the water and greenery along the way, to the most beautiful golden sky that turned the palm trees an almost pink color! But my favorite pictures have to be of them on the old wooden fishing pier. The sun had just finished setting and the sky turned the most beautiful shade of soft blue. But the way they stood together, how he held onto her… they were the ones glowing! To think that same little spark that started up on Valentine’s Day so many years ago is still alive and going is so much more beautiful to me than any background or dreamy light could ever be! And I have no doubt that they will carry that spark into their marriage and have a love that continues to burn bright for many years to come ❤️