Our Engagement Photos [Sawgrass Lake Park]

Today I am so excited to share our engagement photos!

When we got engaged on December 13th, we knew it would be difficult to celebrate our engagement with everyone. We were set to move to China in January and didn’t know when we would both be back in town. So we decided to forgo an engagement party and set up an engagement photo shoot in Shanghai. I envisioned romantic shots along the Bund and strolling down the beautiful cobblestone streets of Dapuqiaou. Well plans have changed and Peter and I are still in Florida. Taking advantage of our time here, we up an engagement shoot this weekend at Sawgrass Lake Park with the amazing Leisa Rice. The weather was perfect, the sun was shining and we had some fun in the rustic background of Sawgrass while keeping our eye out for gators!

Here are some of my favorites 🙂 :

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We took a few glamour shots wearing our China hat. I brought this hat along because Peter bought it for me during my first visit to China. Then I lost it in Xiamen so he made sure we went back so he could buy me another one! This hat also just looks awesome.

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This series is so funny. He loves me, he loves me not… he loves me! Our faces say it all.

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The light in these pictures is just so stunning. The photographer in me jumps for joy every time I see beautiful light. I absolutely love it.

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Leisa brought her vintage camera to the shoot and I had a lot of fun playing around with it, trying to look artsy with my fedora. And look, our hands are hearts ;-).

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I love this photo of us smiling at each other. This is in the running for our Save the Date card. There are too many pictures to choose from and I have no idea what to do yet.


Butts! Hahaha. Looking good I must say.

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There was some major goofing off going on between photos. Leisa caught on pretty quickly to the fact that Peter and I are very silly and do not take ourselves too seriously. We are always joking around and making each other laugh. Look at the photo below! But we managed to get some serious shots that actually turned out pretty good. I was very pleased with the entire process and Leisa was awesome at saying the right things to make us feel perfectly at ease. The whole process was a lot of fun!


This one of our faces in black and white is of my favorites and might be our Save the Date too.

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Eskimo kisses…


And of course, the bridge pose (for all you yogis out there)! This one is also in the running for Save the Dates. There are too many good ones!

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Beautiful details. I loved how Leisa perfectly captured my jewelry including my favorite cross bracelet and turquoise bracelet from Thailand.

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I am so thrilled with these photos and am so happy this engagement session at home worked out. Leisa was an absolute joy to work with and I am so pleased with her professionalism and creativity. She helped ease our discomfort and direct us into poses without making us look too awkward.

We had a lot of fun and now just need to choose one photo for our Save the Dates! Which photo do you like best? Any suggestions?

3 thoughts on “Our Engagement Photos [Sawgrass Lake Park]

  1. Hi Kirsten, Thanks for sending all those lovely gorgeous pictures. You & Peter look so beautiful together. Just beautiful. Can’t wait for the wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Edith

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