Patrick + Savanah | A Springtime Engagement | Lakeland, FL

April 28, 2016

Perhaps one of the most panicking-worthy things that can happen on a shoot is a sudden change in location. When this happens one of two things can happen: either everything spirals out of control, or the new location totally comes through with the clutch and works out way better than you could have imagined. Thankfully, this is a tale of the latter of the two! Savanah and I had been chatting for a few weeks trying to decide where we wanted to her and Patrick’s engagement photos to be. After some debating, she requested Hollis Gardens. When the time came for their shoot, I arrived at the gardens to find it closed for the night for a wedding. I quickly called her and after about a 5 minute phone call we decided to go to Florida Southern College. When we arrived, it was attack of the prom, but we escaped to the adorable rose garden on campus. As soon as the three of us laid eyes on the rose-filled garden we were put at ease. Patrick laid out the blanket they brought and Savanah started playing some tunes on her guitar and everything was smooth sailing from there. I am so thankful for this couple’s flexibility, it truly made a world of difference for this fun engagement shoot.

Enough about the shoot, let me tell you about this couple! Patrick and Savanah are a pair of studious go-getters who are both striving for careers in the medical field. Savanah finished at USF this past December with a degree in Biomedical studies. In the fall she will begin her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Barry University in St. Pete. Patrick will graduate from USF in August with the same degree and will also be starting his second year of his Medical Doctorate from South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. I mean c’mon? These two are a force to be reckoned with! Savanah and Patrick met during their freshman year of college. They were both in the same calculus class and Savanah needed some help in the class. She noticed that Patrick seemed like he had a good idea of what was going on and thought he was very good-looking. It just so happened that they both lived in the same dorm as well. One day, Savanah saw Patrick in the dining hall and marched right up to him and asked if he would help her with calculus and asked for his number (you go girl!!) After a month of tutoring Savanah, Patrick requested for his birthday that she would be his girlfriend.. how stinkin’ cute!! About a year ago Patrick popped the question to Savanah while the two were hiking the Tallulah Gorge in Georgia, pretty incredible view to get engaged by if I do say so myself! It is an honor to have a couple who is clearly so in love with each other as my clients. I can’t wait to share more of their love story through my photographs as they tie the knot in a year on April 29, 2017! To the future Mr. and Mrs. Mullen (and your cute bunny, Ari) we’re all excited for what the future holds! For now, enjoy your engagement photos! 🙂