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Rosemary Beach Editorial Engagement Shoot


A lifestyle engagement session in a picturesque Rosemary Beach home fit this couple’s style perfectly. From slicing fruit to enjoying their coffee over the morning paper, they wanted to show a glimpse of a real-life couple and showcase the everyday things we all have made routine. Cassie and John were so much fun to work with. Their pure love for each other radiated throughout the home and as you can see, through the camera. After you’re finished swooning over the photos captured by Lauren Kinsey, scroll down to read their uber adorable engagement story! We sure are after reliving such a fantastic day.




Brace yourselves, this a good one!

John and I went to the 30A Singer Songwriter’s Festival back in January 2015 and I was positive this would be the weekend he proposed. Well, that weekend came and went with no proposal. Sigh! I was devastated to say the least. Then, to top it all off I came down with a cold that following week.

John and I have this tradition where we watch old movies and eat Chinese takeout. With me being sick it was the perfect weekend to stay inside. John ordered and we both plopped on the couch, takeout in hand. After we finished our dinner John asked me if I wanted my fortune cookie. Now, to get the full picture you need a little background. I have collected fortunes that were special to me for years. So, when John asked me if I wanted my fortune cookie, without hesitation I responded, “of course!” I quickly tore through the packaging and broke open the little treat.

The fortune read, “Will You Marry Me?” I stared at the fortune with a perplexed look. Unbeknownst to me, John had ordered these custom fortune cookies weeks ago. There was a little snafu in the shipping because John received more fortune cookies than he purchased. So while I was sitting there silent and perplexed, John had no clue how the fortune read (good thing it did not say, “Hit the road, Jack!”). After taking a moment, I looked up at John and said, “Well, if there has ever been a sign you need to propose here it is!” I handed him my fortune, watched him read it and give a little chuckle.  Then, he dropped to one knee, took a little box out of his coat pocket and asked, “Cassie Kayla McDonald, will you spend the rest of your life with me?” Smiles, tears, laughter, all emotions came flooding out. I managed to gather myself enough to say, “Yes!!!” and the rest is history.

To this day that is the best fortune cookie I’ve ever opened!



 From Cassie: To say that Shelby and Lauren are a dynamic duo is not giving them the credit they deserve!  John and I wanted our engagement photos to be different.  Shelby and Lauren were courteous enough to take time out of  their busy lives and meet myself and John in person.  This gave us all an opportunity to meet each other and brainstorm.  It wasn’t anything fancy, just good conversation with good people over a cup of freshly brewed java.  We came up with the idea of doing a “lifestyle” session.  The final product? It was perfect.  Actually, it was beyond perfect.  Lauren’s talent with a camera coupled with Shelby’s genius of staging and conceptualizing the perfect shot gave John and I memories of a lifetime.  We cannot thank them enough.  I don’t want to brag, but how can’t I with these photos!! 



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Will you be my Bridesmaid?


Your love popped the question, and now it is time for you to pop the question to closest friends!

Whether you choose to have bridesmaids or not, there are still a select number of people {maybe, “honorary guests”} you want to make feel a little extra special in celebrating with you on your wedding day.


Some brides view wedding party gifts, or bridesmaids gifts, as a tit-for-tat gift in return for them footing the bill for their dresses, shoes, plane tickets, etc., but it’s more than that; it is important to show your ‘maids how much you love and appreciate them being there for you on your big day and the months leading up to it. After all, these are some of the most cherished people in your life!

There are so many sweet ways to asks your besties to be a Bridesmaid/Maid of Honor in your wedding, but we wanted to share a few of our favorites with you!


Bridal Boxes are so IN right now and are super customizable to your wedding theme!


For the DIY Bride:

How much fun is it to choose all the fun things that represents your wedding and compile them into a cute little box?!

Some contents that make us swoon:

-Bath Bombs

-Champagne or Wine {Duh!}

-Nail Polish {the perfect color to match your theme}

-Confetti Poppers

-Chambong {maybe a hint for the bachelorette party – Yay!}

-Face Mask



-A Handwritten Letter


Of course, you don’t have to include all of these items if you choose not to, but any of these wrapped with love will surely make your soon-to-be Bridesmaids feel loved!


For the not-so-DIY bride or the Busy Bee Bride, there are several companies who would LOVE to make your boxes for you!

This OneHope Bridesmaid Crate is one of our favorites!


One Hope is a Napa Valley-based company that impacts the world with sparkling brut (and other charming products) to make the world a better place. When you purchase wine, you are helping shelter animals find forever homes, trees are being planted, meals are being provided to help stop childhood hunger, and many more! Specifically, for every Bridesmaid Crate you purchase, OneHope provides ten meals to children in need.

You can choose the customization of the box(s) you would like to send and then they are delivered straight to your bridesmaids’ doors, or to your door for you to personally distribute.


Here is a list of other companies who make Bridesmaid Boxes:

– Teak and Twine

– Simone LeBlanc

– A Signature Welcome

– Wish and Pink


Besides Bridal Boxes, you can always send a beautiful hand-written note, ask while doing something you both love together {like shopping, or sipping coffee at your favorite cafe!} or take your bridesmaid-to-be to brunch and pop the question while popping a bottle of champagne!

However you decide to ask, it is a sweet gesture and will sure to be the start of a fun planning process and ultimately a celebration for the books!


SPE Team

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