I remember meeting Gina’s sister, Angela, through instagram DM’s. I reached out to do some photography for Angela’s store in Sayville, Offmain Apparel. We connected instantly and a week or so later they were in need of some models for Gina’s bridal store, Sayville Bridal. They were showcasing wedding gowns for all 2020 brides on Long Island. (Check out Bride’s of Long Island if you’re newly engaged and from Long Island, New York). I left feeling like wow, what an amazing family and what a great time. There was something very special about Gina’s family.
Months later I get a call from Angela about Matt wanting to surprise Gina by proposing to her. I was stoked to be apart and also get to know who this couple was. Gina, thought we were doing promotional work for her bridal store and my photography company. Little did she know she was in for a surprise.
Matt and Gina met in high school through mutual friends but never dated. They both went their separate ways in college while staying in touch from time to time. One day
while playing in a softball tournament with Gina’s father he said to me “Why,
again aren’t you dating my daughter?” Matt said it was because she lived in Florida. He responded with “Well, why don’t you change that”. Gina eventually moved back home (she swears it wasn’t for Matt) and they officially began dating to her
family’s collective response of “finally”.
I remember speaking with Matt as we planned out this surprise proposal and I asked him what he was looking forward to the most from this moment.
Matt: I want to remember the look on Gina’s face when she realizes this was all a
plan to make this the most perfect moment in her life!
Watching as Gina + Matt take in such a big moment was priceless. I asked Matt what he was looking forward to most about being married, he responded, “Knowing that EVERY day has the potential to be a fun filled, loving adventure with not only my wife but my best friend and partner in crime for the rest of our lives!”
Gina recalled how emotional she was to hear Matt say he wanted to be my husband. And the anticipation of how happy their families would be when they came back home from the beach. So many smiles and happy tears.
Thank you to the incredible team that helped put this together for Matt + Gina
Regina is a NY + CA based wedding + brand photographer who loves capturing memories that last a lifetime. Regina is now interviewing couples for Engagement Sessions + Weddings for 2020! View her website here for more information or follow her on Instagram!