There is such bliss in a couple in love on a windswept beach—crashing waves and sweet souls! Melissa & Derek took some time on a sunny Floridian day to celebrate their relationship with a little sand and a lot of joy, and Paige Mercer of El & Em Photography was there to capture it all. The gorgeous tones and beautiful moments do well to warm our hearts—a sweet session for so sweet a couple!
From El & Em Photography:
“Melissa & Derek met at Flagler College in St. Augustine as they attended the same small group. Their mutual artistic-ness and love for the Lord brought them together. If I could describe them in one word it would be quirky. Derek is a writer, a thought provoker, and an uncanny personality with a sincere and thoughtful heart. Melissa’s heart is equally as genuine and warm, she is an artist, she is graceful and delicate and yet as strong as magnesium (the world’s strongest and lightest metal), she is SO FUN to be around, and she is truly an inspiring person. And that’s only little pieces of who they are.”
“The moment I first saw Melissa is carved into my memory. She walked in the front door of the Greco’s house for small group, quickly glanced around and took off her scarf. Someone was coming in behind her so the porch light backlight her brilliantly while candles inside the house gave her face a soft glow. I was immediately, uncomfortably smitten and somehow knew we would be together. So naturally, I didn’t talk to her once the whole night…
When we’d been dating a little over a year, we went to a park for a date. I set up a tripod with my new camera and told her it was on self-timer so we could get a nice picture. We posed, posed, and continued posing. Melissa started laughing.
‘What’s taking so long?’
‘I don’t know. But while we’re waiting I have a question.’
Then I knelt down and proposed. She freaked. Then said yes. We hugged. It was nice. And we got it all on video cause I filmed it instead of actually setting a self-timer.”
photography: El & Em Photography / film processing: The FIND Lab / captured on Fuji 400H with Canon Rebel G 35mm