A Classic Palm Beach Engagement at the Historic Church of Bethesda by the Sea
On February 29th, 2016 (Leap Day!) I had the pleasure of capturing Chelsey and Simo’s engagement photos! Simo and Chelsey both went to the same middle and high school going up. They started dating when Simo was a senior and Chelsey was a junior and have been dating now for over 7 years! In high-school Simo played basketball and Chelsey cheered him on as a cheerleader. Simo was great at shooting shots from the three-pointer line and every time he did he would point and wink at Chelsey. They continued dating all throughout college and their relationship continued to strengthen.
This past May after Simo graduated from pharmacy school; his dad gave them the gift of a trip to Europe! Simo’s family is from Serbia so that allowed Chelsey to meet the rest of his family for the first time. Simo planned out the entire trip! They started in Switzerland then moved through Paris, Florence, Rome, Venice, Trieste, Dubrovnik, Serbia, and Zagreb. However, Paris was the most exciting because that’s where Simo proposed! It was the last day in Paris and Simo told Chelsey he had a beautiful dinner planned for that night. So that was his excuse to take her shopping for a new dress and to get her nails done so she was all dressed up to be asked one of the biggest questions of her life. As they were getting ready Chelsey went to grab something from the safe in the hotel room and Simo jump in and insisted that he get it for her. She thought nothing of it. Later she realized it was because her engagement ring was hidden inside. Even as he was rushing her to finish up she had no idea what was about to happen. When they arrived at the perfect spot on a bridge that overlooked the Eiffel Tower he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Simo planned his proposal so perfectly. He even hired a photographer that he found on Instagram and had her meet them. She captured the sweet moments before, during and after the proposal. After, they celebrated with a bottle of champagne that he had asked the photographer to bring! It was truly a magical proposal and Chelsey was completely shocked!
When Chelsey first contacted me I couldn’t help but smile as I read her emails about their story. Not only was their love story very similar to my story with Andrew but we also had multiple things and friends in common! We connected instantaneously. As we communicated more, we discovered we grew up knowing some of the same friends, our family dynamics were oh so similar, we are almost the same age, we’re both type A planners, have known our guys since grade school and started dating our guys at the same age! Crazy right?!? It’s moments like this when I am so thankful that I get to do what I love while meeting new friends. I love taking pictures but what I love even more is creating relationships with my couples; connecting with them so when they look back they not only see beautiful photographs but remember their experience.
Simo and Chelsey, thank you so much for trusting Andrew and I to capture your sweet love. We are so excited to document your wedding this coming October!
This is my favorite picture! Just love everything!The gorgeous Tiffany & Co. engagement ring!! Love this one! Okay, so this one may be another favorite! They are pros when it comes to dipping! In love with this! Bethesda by the Sea is such a gorgeous church! These two are rockstars when it comes to advanced poses!! They make it look so easy!!
Venue: Church of Bethesda by the Sea in Palm Beach, Florida
Bride’s Hair: Jody Abrams from iSalon
Music: “Love Someone” by Jason Mraz
Photography: Crystal Bolin Photography
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