We met over the phone, Ashley needed a wedding photographer for her New Years Eve wedding but she got a North Carolina engagement photographer at the same time.
This couple have an exciting life. Their wedding is epic and we have not even had it yet. One thing I know, heading to the Dry Tortugas for a photo shoot will put this photographer in a great mood. I am so excited to know you and can’t wait to see you all again in the Florida Keys.
Tacari Weddings Featured Photographer loves those last minute phone calls that prompt me to run through the house yelling, out of my way I have to get to a sunset proposal shoooootttt.
Jessica and Justin Key Largo, Florida
Photography & Cinematography | Sky Born Visual | @floridakeysweddingfilm Floral Designer | Key Largo Flowers & Gifts Accommodations | Hampton Inn
TACARI WEDDINGS FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER – Nada Khalaf-Jones
Jessica and Justin had a simple, economical engagement at the Hampton Inn in Key Largo. It was, for that reason, my favorite engagement photographic shoot. When there isn’t a lot going on the essential meaning of what is happening is not drowned out. Appreciating the simplicity of this, is merely a way to say, sometimes, minimal is optimal.
So their story goes like this: I received a call, he was negotiating prices with others and wanted to know my engagement photography price. We settled on a rate close to my typical rate and I promised I’d bring the pink and red bouquet he wasn’t going to have time to order or get delivered. I’m not just a wedding photographer, I’ve been an event planner for decades for not- for-profits in the Florida Keys. I understand when there is a last minute ‘really vital’ need and was happy to source the flowers.
Justin got the Korbel Rose Brut and we met at the front lobby, the ladies there made the glasses and a silver tray happen. All that was missing was to commence the secret surprise plan. She came over on his arm, beautiful and glowing, so pretty in her black one piece and her gorgeous vibrant auburn hair. They wove their way through the large crowd gathered for the sunset. Some had twigged there was a proposal about to go down. I’d asked the manager for a small table and a silver tray – the final presentation was a simple beach front display of glasses, champagne and flowers to Justin’s specifications. He had the ring. He was very nervous. He told me. I told him that’s good, it’s an important question, but don’t forget to breath.
I’d spent a little time warming up the crowd while he was getting the plan in place with Jessica. I’d grabbed some innocent bystanders and made them pose for me to get the light right and the flash balanced. Those shots were all delivered to the people. As they approached the Hampton Inn beach sunset went absolutely psychedelic on us. It was breathtaking so when I stepped away from the designated ‘proposal area’ and finally saw her realize what was about to go down, the sun just burst into color and for some reason the crowd went nutty.
It was one of those thrilling, chilling hair raising moments. For the couple, the crowd behind me and the entire hotel, who seemed to have gathered not just for the psychedelic sunset but to catch a glimpse of love in its infancy. Some tears were shed around the place, I heard sniffles. I fell in love with love all over again. Enjoy the photographs. My first EVER beach engagement shoot in Key largo – right across from this photographers home.
So proud to be featured by Tacari Weddings. Again! Really stoked guys!!