When we planned Cassandra and Patrice’s engagement shoot at Presque Isle State Park, we knew it would be a beautiful location but didn’t expect such a beautiful sunset overlooking the park at Lake Erie! Cassandra wanted beach photos for their engagement portraits and I just knew they would look amazing with one of our famously gorgeous Lake Erie beach sunsets in the background.
Preparing for Their September Wedding
Engagement sessions not only give couples in the middle of their wedding plans beautiful photos to print to display at their wedding, but these photo shoots also give them a chance to feel more comfortable in front of the camera before their big day.
Cassandra and Patrice seemed at ease from the beginning and focused on enjoying the time to focus on each other and their upcoming wedding. Presque Isle State Park sunset over Lake Erie could not have made for a better backdrop for these two lovebirds.
Their First Date and the Friendship and Love That Followed
“We met online. I answered all the questions regarding the type of man I am looking for. I wanted us to share the same birthday, be a family man, to be a father, etc. Patrice’s profile was the very first profile that came up. Our first conversation was several hours on the phone and slowly began talking everyday for hours at a time. Patrice asked about meeting and we finally made the decision to meet. Our first date was awful, but somehow we continued to talk and developed a great friendship. Which developed into a loving relationship and now we are soon to be married.”
They’ve been together for two and a half years and Patrice made the first big move by saying, “I love you,” first!
“I called my mama and told her that I met my other half.” – Patrice
“I knew he was the one when I found myself wanting to share all that there is about me.” – Cassie
A Surprise Proposal in Front of Family and Friends
In February of 2017, Cassie and Patrice attended a Valentine themed banquet hosted by their church. Without any idea of Patrice’s proposal plans, Cassie admitted she was completely shocked and bawled her eyes out when he proposed in front of everyone at the banquet who saw it coming before she did!
A Couple That Laughs Together Stays Together
When asked about something funny that they find about the other one, they gave pretty adorable and ridiculous answers.
“I also find it amusing that she almost gets hit by multiple people while driving home from work. By my calculation she has been almost hit 1,936,355 times since we have been together.” – Patrice
“I had to learn to check the expiration date on everything. He has a tendency to hold on to food far past anyone I ever met. And when he finds something funny, his laugh is contagious.” – Cassie
I genuinely enjoyed their Presque Isle State Park engagement shoot and I’m so excited to document this loving couple’s wedding day. I have no doubt that Cassandra and Patrice’s big day will be full of sweet moments, happy tears, and their friends and family that love and support them.