leila + ryan - engaged

April 23, 2016

Palm trees, the salty smell of the ocean, and laughing seagulls set the tone for these two lovebirds. These are three things that Leila & Ryan are accustomed to since they both grew up in Corpus Christi. We waited weeks for the winds to die down and the rain to quit pouring. Finally, Corpus opened up it’s warm humid arms and gave us the most beautiful April Saturday to photograph. 

They shared a similar past, chanting the Mustang fight song at KHS and having a mutual love for drama club. It wasn’t until years later that they found a picture of each other in a drama yearbook photo.  Although their love for each other wasn’t found till after graduation, King High School set the scene for a wonderful friendship.

Their friendship blossomed after high school, when they quickly became inseparable. Memories as friends turned into memories that would last a lifetime. One of Leila’s favorite moments of Ryan was when they shared Boat n’ Net, overlooking the calm Corpus bay. I’m sure the seagulls followed them that night too. In their hearts, they both knew they were destined to be together forever. 

Six years has past, and their love for each other is stronger than ever. They grew up together through crucial years and cheered each other on through school and careers. 

Ryan chivalrously guided her across sharp rocks, while Leila touched up his outfit between photographs. They laughed the entire way through the photoshoot while Ryan snuck in some nonchalant winks at his future bride. In the end, you’re supposed to marry your best friend, right? 

We photographed at three different locations around Corpus Christi, TX. Our first location was at Suter Wildlife Refuge, the second location was at University beach in front of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and the third location was on North Beach overlooking the Harbor Bridge and downtown. I shot these images with a Canon 5D Mark III alternating with a Canon 85mm f1.2 and a Sigma 35mm 1.4. 

XOXO, Rachel