A Fairytale Engagement at Vizcaya Museum and Garden in Miami, Florida
“Every once in a while in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale”
On February 3rd, 2016, I had the pleasure of capturing Carrie and Matt’s fairytale engagement photo shoot at the stunning Vizcaya Museum and Garden in Miami, Florida. Every inch of this dreamy venue created the perfect scene for this enchanted engagement shoot. Carrie’s goal was to create a Cinderella inspired shoot with a modern touch. From the light blue dress to the sparkly princess slippers to the Cinderella themed props, every detail hinted at the lovely fairytale story. Not only was this theme adorable but it also was a beautiful reflection of their incredible love story.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who had always dreamt of her fairytale wedding but more importantly, her prince charming. Little did she know, that the love story she had always hoped for would one day turn into a real-life fairytale.
I have had the pleasure of knowing both Carrie and Matt for nearly 20 years! Carrie and I met at church when we were about 4 years old. We stayed close friend all throughout middle school, high school and college. Carrie was one of the bridesmaids in my wedding and has been a true friend throughout our friendship.
Matt and I met in the 2nd grade. Matt was always very shy and quiet but both of our moms were the “classroom moms” and so we had that popularity status in common. Growing up, Matt also attended the same church Carrie and I attended, however, these future love birds never officially met because Matt kept to himself.
Throughout high school, I invited Matt to our youth group but it wasn’t until a few years later, once we were all in college, that Matt decided to finally hang out with us. During that night at our college group Matt and Carrie officially met for the first time. They were both 18, had never been in a relationship before and neither one of them had any idea what was in store for them.
One night we all went out bowling and I remember seeing Carrie and Matt together and thinking they would be so cute together! So, of course, I had to tell Carrie what I just thought of! She chuckled and replied, “Nahhh!” But I knew something would bloom there! Carrie had the outgoing personality to uncover Matt’s funny side, they were both raised in the church with similar backgrounds and they were both blonde and blue eyed! So, of course, they would be perfect together! 😉
A few weeks later, they ran into each other at the gym and then started exercising together. Shortly after, Matt admitted that he wasn’t there to exercise; he wanted to spend time with her. They began hanging out and a friendship bloomed into a relationship. During their relationship, they have taken the Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace course to get out of debt and have been baptized together. Some of their favorite moments have been during their many trips to Disney and when visiting Colorado to be a part of a TV show!
On November 15th, 2015; Matt Wynn asked Carrie to be his wife. He had secretly contacted their church and arranged a plan to get Carrie on stage. Matt told her the pastor wanted them to talk to the congregation about both of their jobs and how they differed from one another. He was very persistent that she agree to go on stage, which made her pretty curious due to the fact that he normally would hate to be in the limelight. Carrie rehearsed her lines many times so she wouldn’t mess up. When Sunday came around, they were welcomed on stage and said their lines as rehearsed but after, when she thought they were finished, the Pastor turned to Carrie and said, “Now, we did not have you both come on stage this morning to talk about your jobs, or about being on TV. I believe Matt has something he wants to ask you.” Matt turned to her and got down on one knee as he began pouring his heart out to Carrie. She immediately threw her hands over her mouth in shock as she realized what was happening. Then he asked the big question, “Carrie, will you marry me?” She nodded her head and exclaimed, “YES!”, 0.5 seconds later! She was completely overjoyed!
Their story began in 2010, and after almost 6-years of being together, they have truly demonstrated what a faithful, God-honoring relationship looks like. Through many trials and difficult times they both supported not only each other but also each other’s families. I know God brought them together for many reasons and I cannot wait to see what else He has in store for them!
Carrie and Matt, I am beyond excited for you both! Andrew and I cannot wait to document your big day and to stand by you as you step into your “Happily Ever After”. May God continue to richly bless your lives! Love you!
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The details and creative team that brought this fairytale engagement shoot together:
Engagement Ring: Oteri’s Wholesale Jewelry in Jupiter
Princess Tiara: Etsy
Cinderella Slipper Necklace: D’s Keepsakes Wholesale Fashion Jewelry
Earrings and Bracelet: Charming Charlie
Cinderella Royal Pillow: Aliexpress
“Once Upon a Time” book/box: Ebay
“Every once in a while…” framed sign: Etsy
Hair and Makeup: Lulu’s Hair and Makeup Studio
Manicure and Pedicure: Absolute Nails in Royal Palm Beach
Venue: Vizcaya Museum and Garden in Miami, Florida
Music: “So Easy” by Phillip Phillips
Photography: Crystal Bolin Photography