From the moment I met this engaged pair – Jessalyn and Russell, I knew they were a couple I’d love getting to work with. This sweet duo twosome met way back in high school at Baywalk Movie Theater (now the Sundail in St Pete) and were each others first loves. Then sadly, after 6 months of dating, Jessalyn’s family moved out of state. They reconnect in college when Jessalyn sent Russell a message on AIM (does that bring back memories, or what?! haha), and within a month, she was visiting him in Florida. After 2 years of long distance love, she moved back to Florida and they’ve been inseparable ever since! Their love is so eminent when you meet them and after hearing their love story, it’s obvious why that is. And if their story isn’t destined love, than I don’t know what is! Haha
We decided to do their engagement session in downtown St Pete…the town where their love first started all those years ago, and where they currently call home. We headed over to North Shore Park and Vinoy park for some early morning images of these two, and the dawn sky did not disappoint! These two lovebirds will be tying the knot next spring at Cross Creek Ranch and I’m so excited about being there to photograph it for them! Below are some of my favorite images of the couple from their session. Enjoy!