Happy Fantastic Friday lovebirds! Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago is officially HERE, and we could not possibly be more thrilled to welcome you all to our amazing country. Now, we know that it is a pretty special time for us here in sweet T&T, and that your attention may be elsewhere, BUT, we could not let this week pass without sharing one of the most precious Engagement shoots that we have ever received. So without further ado, please take a little Carnival break and enjoy this gorgeous engagement shoot from the Cayman Islands!
Special thanks to photographer Guy Waller from Picture this Studios for sharing this one of a kind Engagement shoot with us!
FROM THE BRIDE TO BE:
“We were introduced to each other almost 12 years ago by my fiancé’s cousin who is also one of my closest friends. My friends and I were at the beach and Erick showed up on his Sea-Doo watercraft. My encounters with Erick that day were memorable but for not so great reasons – when he wasn’t teasing me, he was doing something to annoy me. Any interest that I had in Erick completely disappeared by the end of the day and I went home without any intentions of seeing him again.
A few weeks later I received a chat request from an unfamiliar email address and although my first instinct was to decline it, my curiosity got the best of me. I was surprised to find out that Erick asked for my contact info from a mutual friend of ours.
Erick seemed to be much more pleasant compared to our first encounter and as time went by, we found ourselves spending more and more time instant messaging each other. We spent many school nights and weekends talking about the day’s events and the many interests we shared. Our fondness of each other grew as the weeks went by.
Erick was attending school in Florida at the time so there was a part of me that was reluctant to catch feelings, but we were both obviously falling in love. There wasn’t a day that went by that we didn’t message each other. It’s why I couldn’t help but say, “yes” when Erick finally asked me to be his girlfriend a few weeks later. The thought of dating someone so far away was crazy…I mean when would we ever see each other? But we made it work!
Eventually I moved to Florida for school and although we weren’t in the same city, we visited each other often. We were in a long-distance relationship for almost nine years and, although it was difficult, we beat the odds. After we finished our studies and were finally living in the same place, we were ready for the next chapter.”
“Erick and I were in Colorado the week of February 27, 2017 for a fun-filled week of snowboarding and skiing with my best friend and her boyfriend. It was the first time that our friends joined us on our annual snowboarding trip. We booked a snowmobile tour for the second to last day of our trip. On one of the scheduled stops our tour guide asked our group to follow him to the top of a hill, an area with a clear view of the Maroon Bells, so we could feed the birds and take pictures. It was quite a trek to the top of the hill – we had to trudge through a foot or so of fresh snow.
Once we got to the top of the hill, my friends and I admired the beauty of the mountains and the lake but soon I realized that Erick was missing from our group. He and one of the tour guides were walking down to the lake. I assumed that our tour guide decided to give Erick a personal tour of the lake; after all, he always receives preferential treatment wherever we go because he makes friends with everyone.
A few minutes later, Erick and our tour guide made their way up the hill to join the rest of the group. Erick wanted to take me to the same spot that he was at to show me how beautiful the view was, but at that point I was exhausted from the trek up the hill and the change in the altitude, so I politely declined. Instead I drew him in closer so that we could both enjoy the views from where we stood. A few minutes went by when the tour guide asked several of us to follow him down to the lake. Everyone seemed excited to go and I didn’t want to seem like a party pooper, so I followed.
Once we arrived, Erick put his arm around me and we both turned to admire the Maroon Bells from what admittedly was the best seat in the house. I remember thinking to myself how blessed I was to share another magical experience with Erick. He then got down on one knee and I suddenly realized what was about to happen. My friends took out their phones to capture the moment and suddenly everyone else that was watching started “awing”.
Erick pulled out a tiny blue box from his pocket and proceeded to ask, “Will you marry me?” Even though there was a part of me that knew this day would eventually come, it still managed to feel like a dream. Time slowed down. Suddenly the snow seemed whiter and the air felt softer on my face. Excited about the thought of spending the rest of my life with my best friend, I blurted out, “yes!””
“It’s been fun making our visions come to life! Funny enough, I was never the little girl who dreamed about weddings or wanted to be a princess when I grew up. Instead I dreamt about cars and owning my own motorcycle someday – all a result of me being a “daddy’s girl”. During the whole process, I’ve developed a new appreciation for the things that I once thought of as “girly” or “unnecessary” and it’s been fun picking out colors, patterns, flowers, and décor pieces.”
BEST PART ABOUT PLANNING THE WEDDING:
“I enjoy planning everything from events to travel but wedding planning has been the biggest challenge so far. However, I did get a head start on planning so that helped relieve some of the stress. The best part of the wedding planning process has been trying to incorporate my and my fiancé’s unique styles into our wedding theme and décor. Before I even started wedding planning I didn’t want the wedding to be just about me. At the end of the day we are both getting married, so it was really important to me that Erick be involved. I enjoyed going to cake tasting, creating our dinner menu and choosing our wedding dance song together. It feels great knowing that our wedding will be a reflection of the both of us.”
MOST CHALLENGING PART ABOUT PLANNING THE WEDDING:
“The most challenging part of wedding planning is sticking to a budget. Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away because it is a once in a lifetime event and everyone wants to make their wedding day memorable. I work in finance so naturally keeping track of our personal finances is something that I did prior to our engagement, and it certainly helps when it comes to wedding planning.”
“I have a pear-shaped diamond halo engagement ring. Erick and I went “ring window shopping” months before he actually proposed. It wasn’t a clear giveaway as to what his plans were because in the past we have looked at wedding rings for fun.
As we walked in to The Mansion jewelry store, I spotted a ring in a display case near the window and Erick joked that I should keep walking because I have expensive taste. After looking at several rings and not seeming interested in any of them, Erick asked the jeweler to see the ring that I was drawn to when we first entered the store. Needless to say, that’s the ring on my finger!”
“April 28, 2018 is the big day…we’re nearly there! Also, we will be getting married at Pedro St. James. It’s a historical site located on a bluff on the southern coast of Grand Cayman overlooking the ocean. Our wedding theme is rustic so I was leaning towards a garden or outdoor wedding and Pedro fit in perfectly with our vision.”
“I will be wearing a low-back, spaghetti strap Sottero and Midgley dress with Badgley Mischka shoes. My bridesmaids are mixing it up and wearing various dress styles in various shades of pink. My fiancé and his groomsmen are wearing light blue pants, white button-down shirts, blush bow ties, and suspenders.”
Any advice for other brides to be planning their wedding?
“Remember to have fun during the planning process! Yes, your wedding is a once in a lifetime event, but you also want to be able to look back and associate the time leading up to it with happy thoughts and feelings.
Don’t stress so much about the details that you miss out on the experience itself. One of the most helpful things that someone asked me was if I could remember the finer details of any of the recent weddings that I attended such as colors, flowers, and décor.
I honestly couldn’t remember any of the specifics and that’s when I realized that nobody will remember the details I was stressing over. A weight was lifted off my shoulders – I felt more comfortable making choices and less concerned about what others would think about them.”
Photography: Guy Waller, Picture This Studios