Amanda & Josh's Dreamy Orlando Engagement

Growing up with four sisters I always dreamed of their wedding days as much as my own. My sister Amanda is the oldest and first to get engaged...needless to say I was over the moon when she asked me to take her and Josh's engagement photos!  Not only did I get to take a trip down to Orlando to visit them in their new place, but I got to spend time with them exploring the area and taking photos....followed by some wine and a Law and Order SVU marathon. 

Amanda and Josh met in Bonaire (I was there!) while on scuba diving trips (my family is big on diving and Josh make the trip each year with a group of divers) that happened to be staying at the same hotel. Amanda and Josh quickly became inseparable. After spending some quality time with Josh during my trip to Orlando it's easy to see why. Amanda may be my oldest sister, but you probably wouldn't know it! Amanda is the sister that will dance with me in the grocery store when a great oldies song comes on, blast strange songs at stoplights with the windows down just for fun, and of course instigate the annual birthday ice cream cake fight with dad. She definitely met her match with Josh, who I'm proud to say bonded with me over Sponge Bob references. The two of them together are so contagiously fun-loving. I spent the entire day laughing and smiling along with them. 

Dodging bouts of typical Florida torrential downpours we spent some time at the gorgeous Leu Gardens and then ventured over to Winter Park just in time for a little "Notebook"-style fun. ;)

There was this pink horse at Leu Gardens, which we all thought would be funny for Amanda to pretend it was a real horse....I'd say she's pretty convincing....

I am tempted to move south JUST for the Spanish Moss! I think I'm a little obsessed - so beautiful!

And to Winter Park!

Eat your heart out, Nicholas Sparks! ;)

And since I knew Amanda would never turn down the opportunity to jump in a fountain...if you can't beat the rain...join it? Right!?

I'm so happy for Amanda and Josh, and beyond excited to shoot their wedding in February, while also being IN the wedding - a new challenge that I'm totally up for! CONGRATULATIONS to my beautiful sister and my soon-to-be brother! I love you guys! It was so special to photograph your engagement!