An Enchanting Proposal at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Journal and Imagery by Sarasota Engagement Photographers Popping Champaign Photography

Love stories often find their roots in the most unexpected places, and for Michael and Laura, theirs began amidst the serene beauty of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. Little did they know that their first date at this enchanting sanctuary would mark the beginning of a beautiful journey, culminating in a heartwarming proposal that would etch their love story into the garden's very essence.

On the day of the proposal, the day after Christmas, Michael walked Laura through the gardens nervously concealing the ring in his pocket as they strolled along the familiar paths. With their families discreetly gathered nearby, the waterfront garden shimmered in the gentle light.

Right as they approached the waterfront, Michael dropped to one knee, almost trembling with raw emotion as he poured his heart out. Laura covered her mouth in sheer astonishment against the backdrop of blossoming flowers and serene waters. Her eyes sparkled as she said "Yes," and she was overcome with joy!

Once she said yes and Michael placed the ring upon her left hand, Laura was able to turn to see her second surprise - her family standing along the stairs of the pavilion! Overjoyed, they shared many hugs and tearful laughter overlooking the bay.

It was after this moment that Laura shared a small secret that she hadn't been able to tell Michael in the past...

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Exactly one year ago, amidst the tranquil ambiance of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Laura had carefully added a piece of red ribbon to the whimsical wishing tree—a gesture steeped in symbolism, a silent tribute to the love she shared with Michael.

The wish she had made was that they were to get married, but she didn't want to tell him her wish in fear that it could be jinxed.

Now that her wish was coming true, Laura led Michael to the same tree on the day of their engagement! As they stood in front of the wishing tree adorned with thousands of wishes, the brightly colored foliage was a poignant reminder of the love they had nurtured and the dreams that were now beginning to unfold.

In that moment, the significance of her gesture from a year ago took on a whole new depth, intertwining the threads of past and present into a beautiful tapestry of their shared journey.

Proposal captured by Sarasota wedding photographers Popping Champaign Photography.


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