Alpine Grove Park Engagement in St John’s Florida
This moody St Johns Park Engagement session is a bit steamy and also super relaxed! Plus, it ended with a fun event, read until the end to see what that is!
Mandy & Jacob currently live in Saint Augustine, Florida. They are both born and raised Floridians. The park that we went to, Alpine Groves Park, holds a special place for Jacob. Because he grew up going to that park and playing around the historic house. Jacob is a firefighter for the city of Saint Augustine, he and Mandy met while they were in school/training.
A little history about Alpine Grove Park:
This historic park used to be a citrus grove, the original house, and mandarin sheds are still on the property. After a second devastating freeze in the early 1900s, citrus farmers were forced to move further south.
From Elly Maria Photography:
Mandy & Jacob were super nervous to get their picture was taken (which you wouldn’t even believe from their photos!) My style of photography allowed for us to just take a walk, loosen up, and allowed them to show off their incredible love. We basically just walked the property, chit-chatted, and I snapped some amazing pics!
I like to refer to myself as a fly-on-the-wall style of a wedding photographer. My couples want to relax and enjoy their wedding, not have it turn in to one long, expensive, photoshoot. I also offer hybrid video coverage, where I film and take photos at the same time. I do this because one, its fun, but most importantly it helps keep the day centered on the couple and not a huge video team and a photography team.
This session was so fun for me because!
One funny part is when we were out in the woods, a tree fell in the woods nearby! Then a few minutes later we heard thunder (clear skies though!) and we joked that we needed to end the session ASAP! I loved how they didn’t mind getting a little dirty, even going out in the water with me! I, however, was freaking out because I kept feeling the waves crash leaves and sticks into me and I was terrified it was a gator or something! Mandy and Jacob – cool calm and collected.
Elly – mildly freaking out (mostly inside). I guess that’s the difference between a true Floridian and me ????