Cassie and Yerandy met during their second to last semester at Florida International University while working on their undergraduate degrees in Business Management. They were assigned to the same team for the class project. Somewhere between late night group meetings, last minute assignment submissions and scoring 100 on the class project, Cassie and Yera laid the foundation for a partnership that is based on love, trust, understanding and dedication. For six years now, their own team is as strong as ever!
In September of 2014, Cassie was planning Yerandy’s birthday party and trying her best to keep the details a surprise. Yerandy took advantage of the fact that Cassie was completely wrapped up in the party planning and went about planning his own surprise. During dinner at the party, two of Cassie’s and Yera’s closest friends announced they had a surprise for Yerandy’s birthday, escorted the couple inside their home, and asked all guests (approximately 80!) to please remain outside of the covered terrace. The friends quickly proceeded to corner off a portion of the terrace by hanging blue tarp. They ran into the house, blindfolded both Cassie and Yerandy, and took them outside. Quickly again, the friends got into position, dropped the tarp and there was dead silence… until the cheering began! What the guests saw was rose petals scattered on the floor, sunflowers in vases spread about, Yerandy down on one knee… and Cassie still blindfolded! When she removed the blindfold, Cassie couldn’t believe what she was seeing… so much so that she shouted an explicative and started crying as everyone laughed! After everyone had a chance to congratulate the newly engaged couple, the now birthday/engagement party continued into the early morning. There was definitely a lot to be celebrated!
We absolutely loved working with AJ! We can count the number of times he asked to actually pose for a picture and I believe that is why our photos came out so amazing – they were natural and he successfully captured that element. A true professional, AJ takes your ideas with his ideas (and talent no doubt) and produces memories that last a lifetime. Everyone I showed our proofs to was absolutely blown away by the quality of the photos.
Our engagements session took place in two locations – Havana 1957 and Amelia Earhart Park. Havana 1957 is a beautifully – and accurately – decorated Cuban restaurant. The first time we went there, Yerandy kept commenting on how he and his family actually had some of the items in their home when they lived in Cuba. I felt that taking the pictures there would be a great way for him to memorialize his heritage, especially for such an important life event. Amelia Earhart Park is a local park where my sister and I spent much of our childhood. Since Yerandy and I have been together, we have hosted an annual Easter picnic at Amelia so that both of our (large) families can get together and spend the day. I felt the park had beautiful backgrounds for our shabby chic themed wedding. Since they allow dogs in the park (and we wanted to take pictures with our dogs!), it being local was convenient.
Based on the engagement session, I am very confident that our wedding day pictures will be superb! If we had a difficult time narrowing down our top 40 engagement photos (because they were all so good!), I can only imagine the challenge of selecting our wedding photos. I would (and will!) recommend AJ Shorter Photography to any couple!
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