Ty & Mary | Washington Oaks Gardens State Park Engagement

So….this one was special. Here’s the story…

Neither Ty or Mary are from Jax but they’re getting married at Bowing Oaks in January. After they hired me to be their photographer, we had to wait until a good opportunity for them to be in town in order to do their engagement session. She is on a rescue team for SeaWorld and he was recently drafted by the St. Lous Cardinals. (That’s awesome.) It happened to work out that this past weekend was the best for their schedules. We decided on Washington Oaks because it has a great variety to get both tree canopy shots in the park with an epic rock covered beach right across the street. (Not something you see a lot of in Florida.) I’ve shot there a few times before and I’m ALWAYS fighting for position with other photographers, especially on the rock beach when the sun is setting. Well, not this time…

I don’t know how else to explain it other than, God smiled on these two and I happen to be the lucky one who got to capture it. Never in my 10+ years of doing this have I gotten an ending to an engagement shoot like this one. We walked out to the beach and over to the rocks at sunset and……..NO ONE was out. We had the whole thing to ourselves. On top of that, ZERO wind. ON THE BEACH! So I was able to put my light stand up WITH an umbrella attached to it and walk away and not worry at all that it would tip over. And then to top it all off the most AMAZING firey purple pink orange sunset I have EVER had AND it was right over our heads. Plus it was 70 degrees and no humidity, IN FLORIDA. That combo of conditions just does NOT happen EVER. Period. God smiled on these two.

Oh and I’d like to also point out, as we were wrapping the shoot I asked Ty how he proposed. His answer? Well it went something like this. “We were reading Romans 12 together and then I got down on one knee and asker her to marry me.” Folks, that’s what you call…The Man.