Hi there, folks! I love shooting at House of Refuge in Stuart, Florida. These amazing rocks and lighthouse have quite the history! Quoting the location’s web site (linked here):
“The House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar is the only remaining House of Refuge. Built as one of ten along the east coast of Florida, it is the oldest structure in Martin County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Houses of Refuge were designated as havens for shipwrecked sailors and travelers along the sparsely populated Atlantic coastline of Florida. Run by the United States Lifesaving Service, the Houses played a critical role in a time when sailing ships dominated the world commerce.
The historic structure has weathered many storms and provided needed shelter for shipwreck survivors.”
A fitting setting for an engagement session, as Todd proposed to Brandi here.. I hope they always look to each other as their own private refuge!
Congrats on your upcoming marriage, guys! You were a pleasure to photograph!
We meet again, lovely blog readers!
I recently photographed Brittany & Lee in my downtown Stuart, FL neighborhood. The flowering trees, white picket fences and general charm of the hood makes for a great backdrop! This soon-to-be wedded couple will be getting married on October 8, 2016. I am super excited to be photographing their wedding! The reception grounds at Frenchman’s Reserve are drool worthy. Anticipate exquisite photos!
Future wedding details aside, let’s get to the present: Brittany & Lee’s engagement session! These two are real naturals in front of the camera. Lee has modeled before (the chiseled face & striking features may have given that away!). Their good looks, her luscious locks, fabulous outfit choices, a sublime location and their genuine love for each other made this photo shoot one of my favorites yet!
Brittany shared with us how they met and how he proposed!
Brittany was visiting her friend Shannon in Gainesville, FL and that is where Lee and Brittany’s mutual friend, Bryce, introduced them to each other. They have been dating since December of 2010 when Lee asked Brittany via Facebook to go on a date next time he was visiting in Jacksonville. After their first date, Brittany called her friend Rylee and said, “I think he may be the one I marry.”
Lee planned with two of Brittany’s friends, Rylee and Dannah, to convince Brittany to have a girl’s weekend in Savannah, Georgia. Lee got to Savannah early to check in to the hotel, get ready, and wait. When the girls got to Savannah, they planned to go out to a nice dinner, but what Brittany didn’t know is they were going to meet Lee in Lafayette Square for the proposal! As the sun was setting, Lee met Brittany at the same fountain where they visited together 3 years ago. Lee gave Brittany a hug and told her, “I’ve been praying over this ring for over a month; Asking God to bless our relationship, everything this ring represents and our future marriage.” Lee got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. She said, yes!
The wedding will be held at the church Brittany’s family has been attending since 2008, Christ Fellowship.