Shirley and Anthony's engagement session with Rachel V Photography was shortly before Christmas in Winter Park, Florida. Their day included ice cream at the local Peterbrooke Chocolatier and a stroll through the beautiful grounds of Rollins College.
A Winter Park engagement shoot in Central Florida
Shirley & Anthony met 8 years and 7 months ago, but their story goes back a little further. In the early '90s when they were in middle school, they both joined an AOL chat forum and used to message each other; after a while they fell out of contact. Six years later, Shirley received a message from a screen name she didn't recognize asking who she was. She ignored the messages at first but Anthony was persistent and in her words, “his cheesy screen name, boredom and a bit of curiosity” led her to respond. Next thing they knew, they were talking every day. Through their conversations and messages they really got to know each other before meeting or even knowing what the other looked like. As Shirley so lovingly put it, “We knew we loved each other before met.” After a few months, Anthony drove 3 hours to take Shirley out on their first date. From the moment they locked eyes, they knew this was it! Three years to the day of meeting, on an evening stroll under the glistening stars, Anthony got down on one knee and asked Shirley to marry him, and she said yes. The last several years they have grown together, graduating from UCF, getting their first grown-up jobs, buying their first home and adding 2 puppies to their little family. They enjoy traveling together, hanging out with the pups on a lazy Sunday, just being together and are still blissfully happy. They eloped in April in Charleston! – Rachel