Rachael & Ryan’s Boat-Rowing at Sunset and Blueberry-Picking at Sunrise E-session
Don’t you just love the idea of a sunset / sunrise e-session? It completely allows the magnificent splendor of nature to shine through, further enhancing the beauty of a couple’s love which is evidenced by Rachel and Ryan’s romantic and GORGEOUS engagement photos. The sunset part of their shoot took a little inspiration from Disney’s The Little Mermaid’s memorable “Kiss the Girl” scene, turning out some of the most adorable boat-rowing couple photos ever. The second half was then spent blueberry picking against the rapturous backdrop of a sunrise in motion.
We have Leah Langley Photography to thank for this beautiful submission and here she is with a few more details about the day:
Rachael and Ryan are the sweetest people I may ever meet. They are both finishing their degrees in education, and will soon be teaching young minds. The engagement shoot was held on two different days. We wanted to have a sunset session, and a sunrise session.
For the sunset, we started at a local horse farm in Winter Garden, FL, then headed over to a private residence to get gorgeous sunset shots of Ryan as he romantically rowed a boat while gazing into Rachael’s eyes.
I had recently taken my family to Beck Brother’s Blueberry farm in Windermere, FL and I immediately knew this was where Rachael and Ryan should have their sunrise session! The owners of the farm were so accommodating and welcoming to the idea! We started off at Starbucks at 5:30 AM, and after some caffeine we were on our way! It was dark still, but some light started to shine on them.
From here I will turn you over to the lovely Rachael who will tell you more about their e-session and, later on, share their love story:
Our engagement session was formed around The Little Mermaid theme because ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the Little Mermaid. Ariel was and still is my favorite Disney princess, and the movie and songs are just so fun and interesting! The wedding was also this theme and we wanted the engagement session to fit in with the whole picture. As a little girl, I always prayed that I would find my prince and Ryan is just that. Eric liked Ariel even when she couldn’t talk, and Ryan was with me when I got my wisdom teeth removed and couldn’t talk and was swollen and quite unattractive looking, yet he still liked me, so I knew he was a keeper! I also have been singing since I was very little and even played the lead in my high school’s production of Disney’s High School Musical. Since Ariel had such a beautiful voice, I always liked listening to the soundtrack and wanted to emulate her in that aspect.
For my high school graduation present, my family took me to see The Little Mermaid on Broadway in New York, and it was incredible how they made the story come to life on stage! I have never tired of listening to the music or watching the movie and I think the story is so interesting! Ariel gives up something important to her (her voice) to try and be with her true love, not knowing if things will work out between the two of them and if she will receive his love in return. I think that is important in life to be willing to give up something for someone you love and not expecting to receive something in return. Ryan and I believe that true love is selfless and willing to sacrifice part of oneself, and if both parties have this giving and unselfish attitude and actions, they can create a strong bond between the two of them. Just as at the end of the movie the king (Ariel’s father) made the decision to let Ariel become a human again so that she could be with her prince, God as our King allowed Ryan and I to be together.
The sunset pictures with the boat and on the lake were in reference to the part of the movie during the song “kiss the girl” whenever they were on the boat at sunset. Also, the dancing pictures were from during the day that Eric and Ariel went into town and part of what they did was dancing with each other.
The pictures at the blueberry farm were fun for us because neither of us had ever been blueberry picking, and the gardens were nice for us because we both enjoy nature (just in different ways). I love how beautiful nature is and as a hobby like to take pictures of nature and I also enjoy learning about different plants and animals and how they interact to better our earth. Ryan likes nature for its beauty as well, but he likes camping and hiking in it (which I do not enjoy very much because even with bug spray on, I get attacked by bugs and end up with bites all over).
Ryan and I met in our high school band. He played the trumpet and I played the clarinet. We both love music and like to sing together (which we have actually done at church). We like to be goofy with each other, and he is so fun and really good at making me laugh! We started as friends for the first 3 and a half years that we knew each other and I graduated a year before him because I am 5 months older than him (something he never lets me forget because he calls me “old woman” lol). I went to a community college and in December of my first year in college, I came back to our high school to see one of the concerts the chorus and band were putting on. I had not talked with Ryan since I graduated, but he happened to be playing in the band at the concert and we ran into each other after the show when we exchanged numbers again because he had gotten a new cell number. He made a joke when asking for my number again by getting down on his knee and “proposing” to me, but I told him that we can’t get married before we go on a date. So he asked me out on our first date. I had never actually been on a real date before, so I wanted the first one to not be too much pressure, so we called in an “undate” (kind of like “unbirthday” from Alice in Wonderland). Since the undate went so well, we went on our first “real” date. He went all out and got dressed up, picked me up from my house, and surprised me with a nice dinner and we went driving around to see all of the beautiful Christmas lights in the area. He then took me back to his house to meet his family and sit out under the stars. After talking and catching up for about 2 hours, he asked me “What would you say if I asked you if I could kiss you?” I would have said no except for the fact that I had then known him for almost 4 years and really thought I could see him as my future husband. Plus he was really cute! Whenever he proposed to me 2 years later, he actually reenacted our first date and at the end of the date lying under the stars, he asked me the same question. Then he got on his knee and asked me “What would you say if I asked you if you would marry me?”
As any relationship has its ups and downs, Ryan and I have dealt with the highs and lows through our relationship so far and have stuck with each other through all of it. We are now married and have known each other for over 8 years, and just can’t wait to continue on the journey that God has blessed us with!
Thank you Leah for sending me this gorgeous e-session, and congratulations Rachael & Ryan! I wish you a happy forever! 😀
Photographer: Leah Langley Photography
Location: Beck Brothers Blueberry Farm, Windermere FL
Image submission via Two Bright Lights