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Matt and Marina | Saint Augustine, FL | Nights of Lights Holiday Engagement | Lauren Benson Photography

December 30, 2019

Have you ever seen a movie where the couple’s storylines intertwine before the couple even meets?

You’re sitting there watching all the things leading up to the moment before they meet thinking “HOW HAVE YOU NOT MET YET?! DON’T YOU KNOW YOU’RE SUPPOSE TO BE TOGETHER!!”

Well, that’s how Matt and Marina’s story begins. Marina had a family friend who they let come over anytime to fish in their backyard. For years this friend would fish and occasionally he’d bring along his best friend… and that best friend just happened to be Matt!

A few years down the road, they both attended a Thanksgiving street party. Imagine a high school reunion, but for all of Brevard County.

Marina saw Matt making eyes at her from across the room, and finally, at the end of the night, he introduced himself while letting her know how often he’s been fishing in her backyard. So what do we do after we meet someone at a party? We stalk them on Instagram of course! Marina connected with Matt the day after the party and they hit it off instantaneously.

After the holidays, real-life settled in and Matt flew back to Puerto Rico where he was attending medical school and Marina went to New Zealand for an internship. Long-distance puts a strain on any relationship, but with that strain comes strength. Instead of coming straight home after her internship, Marina flew directly to Puerto Rico. They confessed their love for one another and enjoyed a romantic week together.

Eventually, Matt was able to move back to Orlando and everything started to fall into place. For their one year anniversary, they took a trip to the historic town of Saint Augustine to celebrate. While walking around and enjoying the Nights of Lights, Matt stopped Marina right in the center of the town, dropped to one knee and popped the question. Of course, she said yes!

For their engagement session, we took a trip back into Saint Augustine during the Nights of Lights.

They booked the same hotel they stayed in, had brunch in the same spot, and recreated every moment of that romantic night. It’s amazing to see this come full circle and imagine what would have happened if their paths had crossed sooner.

Watching these two walk around with the Christmas lights lighting and seeing their eyes sparkle with love was something I was truly honored to document.

 

Comments

Okay I don’t know what I’m dying over more- this story or these pics!! 😍😍 swoon!!

You are so kind, Asia!! I cannot wait for their wedding day!!

Kathy Clarke-Barnard

What a romantic story and such beautiful pictures. It’s like a Hallmark story. They look so happy and so beautiful together. Seems meant to be.

Thank you so much for your kind comment!! I agree, their story totally feels like it’s out of a Hallmark movie!! I cannot wait to see their love blossom on their big day.

Your photos and their story look like something straight out of a romantic movie! I love it! You document the love of a couple better than most anyone I have ever seen.

Thank you for your kind words, Kat! Being able to document this love is truly a dream come true!

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