Cynthia Viola Photography


St. Augustine Pier Engagement | Sam and Jess

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The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun
— Christopher McCandless
Sunrise LGBTQ Engagement Session

Sam and Jess were destined to be together. After coming in and out of each other's lives through various friends and church gatherings, they finally crossed paths at the right place and the right time and decided to spend the rest of their lives together. I loved seeing how easy it was for Sam to make Jess laugh and how she equally was able to make Sam blush with just a word. 

They took me out to breakfast after our sunrise engagement session on the pier and told me all about their various life transitions over the past couple years. If they can make it through those, they can make it through anything. They've just bought a new home and are getting it set up as they plan their big day, so Heidi at Endless Possibilities is coordinating their wedding (which is how we met btw), and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with! 

Something we hadn't actually anticipated on this beautiful morning was that the Pier and surrounding beaches were under major construction from the recent hurricanes and development in the area. We weren't able to go underneath the pier, which is my favorite place to hang out, and there were bright orange construction fences everywhere, but they just rolled with it and danced right around it all. It was such a fun morning!

Sunrise LGBTQ Engagement Session
Sunrise LGBTQ Engagement Session
Sunrise LGBTQ Engagement Session

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