Samantha + David | Engagement Session ~ Gainesville, Florida

Samantha and David met as a 19- and 20-year-old University of Florida students on a trip to Paris with a student organization. It was a magical time for both of them, culminating in David asking Sam on a date while walking over the Seine River after exploring Paris together that day.

 They dated for a few years in college, then broke up, and later reconnected 3.5 years later. 

Tell us your proposal story:

From David’s Perspective:

We had been planning a November trip to Asheville, and it seemed like a perfect getaway, so I began to scheme of ways to ask Sam that would be special. She loves Charleston, so I booked a place downtown without telling her (she thought we were staying in Greenville with family). Then, in the planning process, because Sam is a pretty savvy gal, I was concerned that she’d realize we were deviating to Charleston and think something was up. So, I decided that Charleston could be the celebratory opportunity and still a surprise, whereas the proposal could occur on the way up the east coast headed to “Greenville.” Sam is a big fan of stretching her legs on longer road trips, so it was an easy sell to have us stop off at Jekyll Island. I had researched Driftwood Beach and felt it would be a great spot for us to become engaged. We stopped there, walked around for a bit until I could find a private moment, which was challenging due to the two field trips on the beach. As soon as I did, I got down on one knee, and asked her to marry me! I think we were both thrilled and shocked a bit. And honestly, we had the best time in Charleston. We got dressed up and strolled over to a great dinner at Magnolia’s, then went on a beautiful morning jog around downtown Charleston. It was truly magical and restful!

Tell us a fun fact about each of you (or as a couple):

Sam about David: David knows a ridiculous amount of sports knowledge and is in effect, great at trivia! He also has converted Sam into an Orioles baseball fan through his passion. 

David about Sam: Two come to mind real quick. Sam is a really good driver. She also does not have a great singing voice, EXCEPT when she sings in a mezzo-soprano opera style voice. I’m curious to see how that develops over time. Also, she is a ridiculously good and creative cook.

What Hobbies Do You Share: 
We both love food (especially Indian food!) the outdoors, long walks, traveling, bike riding, yoga, movies, live music, theater and slow evenings together or with friends. 
David, What do you Love about Sam?
Sam is beautiful, kind, compassionate, empathetic, gracious, wise, patient, loyal, strong, smart & fun, among other things. We’ve been through so much together. She’s loved me so well.
Sam, What do you Love about David?  
It’s hard to pick, but I love his passion, courage, strength and kindness. I love how he really listens, validates my feelings and thoughts, and helps me dream. I also love his crazy sense of humor and how we loves our little kitty cat, Toothless (and no, he’s not toothless). 
Well, here is their amazing Parisian themed engagement shoot! I really can’t wait for this wedding!

Bride + Groom to be: Samantha + David

Venue: The Thomas Center

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