When their story began with "we met through a kidney transplant", I was intrigued. I pictured a romantic comedy film, where Brianne meets her dashing groom while he awaits a transplant which only she can give him.
The true story is short and sweet. Brianne's mother donated a kidney to Anthony's stepmother. While I know it wasn't quite as dramatic as the Hollywood glam story I created in my mind, their family still believes it was meant to be. I have to agree with them, they're so great together.
They love the outdoors, the beach, hiking, walking and playing with Wayne, all of it. Ahhh Wayne, their lovable, adorable puggle. I LOVE when couples bring their puppies for me to play with. If he didn't already have a loving home, I'd have tried to sneak him into my car to bring home. Have I mentioned I'm a dog lover?
When we were planning their engagement session, Brianne mentioned how much she missed being near the water. They've just moved here from Cleveland, and she wanted to get out by the lake. And so, keeping in mind, their love of hiking and the water, Durand Eastman Park and Beach instantly popped into my mind.
I love the way different couples act in front of my camera, no two are the same, and I love it. Brianne and Tony like to laugh and joke. It even seemed that each kiss they shared ended with a laughing, playful feeling. And with Wayne climbing onto their laps at every chance he could, the laughter kept coming.
The night was so fun and ended with a gorgeous sunset. I didn't want it to end, but am really looking forward to working with them again at their upcoming wedding. I can't wait for the fun we're going to have together.
Another special "thank you" shout out to Lori A. Coleman for some of her photographs and her assistance with this session!
Here's some of the fun we had: