Vizcaya Museum Engagement Photos
Melissa and Anwar Vizcaya Museum Engagement Photos. After shooting so many of Melissa and Anwar’s friends and family weddings I was so ecstatic as I learned that this amazing couple would be getting married. In fact at Melissa’s matron of honor’s wedding Anwar pulled me to side during the wedding reception and told me that he would be popping the question soon. I was so excited after scrolling through my facebook timeline a few months later and learning that Anwar had did just that. I smiled as I expected to be contacted in a few days of the great news. I was taken by surprise when Melissa reached out to me the same day of her proposal with her wedding plans 🙂 Saying that these two were meant for each other would be an understatement. I so much fun working with them as they decided to travel to Vizcaya Museum in Miami Florida for me to document their engagament photos.
It was Anwar’s Aunt that noted to him that whomever he chose to marry, that he should ensure that the two were “equally yoked”. And from the moment he laid eyes on Melissa, the yoke was indeed equal, in fact, from his end – it was love at first sight.
The pair met in Nova Scotia, Canda while both students studying accounting. During a visit with his cousin (who attended a separate university), Anwar met the beautiful Melissa who just so happened to be her friend and collegemate. The pair exchanged a simple glance, accompanied with a friendly “hello” and Anwar was instantly smitten. Years later, Anwar’s wit and charm (coupled with a few sugary cocktails the pair note) led their glances to go from friendly to romantic. And as they spent more time together, the two discovered they shared common interests and mutual friends. Over time they grew stronger in their bond and slowly their friendship blossomed into unconditional love.
After an amazing 3 year courtship and much discussion regarding their future; the couple knew they were destined to be together forever. Anwar began to speak with close family and friends regarding his desire to marry Melissa, and later requested her parents permission for her hand in marriage. Following receival of their blessing – Anwar was ready. Knowing the importance Melissa placed on loved ones and close friends, he opted to propose during her family’s Easter Sunday brunch at Island House in Nassau, Bahamas.
With a breath-taking, balcony view as his backdrop, and friends hidden away in the restaurant, Anwar got down on one knee and surprised Melissa with the most beautiful diamond ring. And of course she said yes!
Take a look at this couple’s gorgeous “Classic Romance With A Flair Of Hollywood Glam” themed engagement session shot at the picturesque Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and the Parkland Golf & Country Club in Miami. Their e-session was stunningly captured by coterie member, Stanley Babb of Stanlo Photography with makeup by Mia Farah Beautique.
Bride-to-Be: Melissa S. Smith
Groom-to-Be: Anwar Q. McCartney
Occupations: Both Melissa & Anwar are Accountants
Wedding date: 2/25/2017
Wedding location: Nassau, Bahamas
Engagement shoot: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and Parkland Golf & Country Club in Miami, FL
What did you do on your first date?
We went to our now favorite Chinese restaurant and shared our signature dish with laughs the entire night.
What’s your favorite thing to do as a couple?
To be fully engrossed with one another; laughing at the most random things and sharing new experiences.
Tell us what you’re looking forward to most on the wedding day?
Anwar: Seeing each other for the first time down the aisle and showing off and introducing my beautiful WIFE in celebration with family and friends at the reception.