The wind swirled around us, bristling in the trees, as we waited outside of Le Méridien waiting for Stephanie and Andrew to finish their outfit change. We took photos of her beautiful engagement ring, we chatted, we soaked in just how beautiful the day and the moment was.
And then, they walked out.
As Stephanie walked down the long, white stairs of Le Meridien Hotel in downtown Tampa, her dress flowed and swirled in the wind- as if she had stepped right out of a romance movie, and just a short few moments later, her Prince Charming followed down the same steps dressed as well as any dapper man should be.
As if they had stepped right out of a fairy tale.
But the truth is, Stephanie and Andrew’s love story was a fairy tale long before becoming a Cooney Couple. From meeting while working at a homeless shelter to sharing six years of love and friendship, to their upcoming wedding at Oxford Exchange.
The love passion, and heart that these two share is unlike any other.
From loving and supporting one another in their life ambitions (the way that Andrew does as he watches Stephanie work towards becoming a doctor) to relishing and appreciating the moments that they do have together, Stephanie and Andrew always seem to have a way to focus on what matters most.
So as Stephanie heads to New York for that dream (and will not see Andrew again until their wedding day), we know first hand that the love and dedication that they share is the kind that will withstand the tests of time. (Because y’all- the month before a wedding can be tough! And to do it from out of state while fulfilling duties as a doctor… we’re pretty sure Stephanie deserves a medal of resilience and that Andrew deserves a trophy of love and patience!)
But we know that their love will handle it.
Because even though there are some non-fairy tale moments (like spending a month apart), we know that Cinderella and Price Charming ain’t got nothing on the love that these two share.
Stephanie and Andrew, we are so excited to be the ones to stand by your side and photograph your fairy tale wedding at Oxford Exchange. Seeing just how happy you both were at the end of the engagement session, to how happy you continued to be on your date night following the session (seriously, the text that Stephanie sent us after had us in tears!) truly brings us both just so much joy. And let’s be honest- you two and your love makes our job just that much more gratifying. We cannot even wait to see your smiling faces again as you marry your best friend. 💕
Hugs and lots of love,
Shauna and Jordon
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