Tampa Bay Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena

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Unique Tampa Engagement Session | Tampa Bay Lighting Shoot at Amalie Arena

We’re sending the Tampa Bay Lightning good vibes for tonight’s playoff game with superfan’s Alyssa and Aaron engagement session at Amalie Arena.

Although the Tampa Bay couple can’t agree on the same college football team, (he’s an Alabama fan, while she likes Tennessee), they do root for their home hockey team.

“We are both huge Lightning fans. Going to the games together has been a constant activity through our entire relationship,” Alyssa shared. “The Lightning love their fans, their season ticket holders and the Tampa Bay community. We first spoke to our ticket rep, Meghan, about the engagement shoot at a meet and greet with Cedric Paquette. Her response was, ‘Absolutely! That sounds amazing. We’ll make it happen!'”

With a little patience and an excited Amalie Arena event staff, the season ticket holders received an extraordinary fan experience.

“I’m actually glad it took as long as it did – the Playoff/Stanley Cup logos wouldn’t have been there a few months ago,” Alyssa explained. “Meghan and the ice crew really rolled out the red carpet for us: having a net on the ice, sticks and pucks to pose with and the Zamboni! It was an unforgettable afternoon!”

To capture their unique engagement session, Alyssa and Aaron hired Tampa wedding photographer Kristen Marie Photography.

“We needed to feel comfortable with the photographer on a personal level and were referred by friends who had recently used Kristen Marie Photography as their wedding photographer. Their pictures were beautiful, and they couldn’t speak highly enough of how professional she was and easy to work with,” the bride-to-be explained. “We met Kristen face-to-face several months ago, and we could immediately tell she was the right choice. She was super personable, asked us lots of questions about our ceremony and style and was very honest about what she thought would fit our needs. She immediately loved the idea about a Lightning themed engagement session and was very patient while we arranged it. We couldn’t be happier; the pictures turned out awesome!”

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The pair are wrapping up plans for their summer wedding in downtown St. Pete and are most looking forward to celebrating their nuptials.

“There are not very many times in your life when you have everyone that’s important to you together in the same room,” the bride-to-be beamed. “I’m marrying my best friend and the most important person in my life. Sharing that experience with all of my family and friends, together, is going to be an incredible celebration. I can’t wait!”

And there’s one wedding gift that’s at the top of the their list.

“If the Bolts win the Cup, that will be one awesome wedding gift!” Alyssa gushed.

Tampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena | Kristen Marie Photography

Tampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena with Hockey Jerseys | Kristen Marie Photography

Tampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena with Hockey Jerseys on Ice | Kristen Marie Photography

Tampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena with Hockey Jerseys on Ice | Kristen Marie Photography

How did you meet and fall in love?
We met online! There was an instant connection through our love of sports. We are both big college football fans. Unfortunately, we can’t agree on the same team. He’s an Alabama fan, and I’m a Tennessee fan. On our first date, he insisted that the sports writer, Clay Travis was a Tennessee grad. I politely told him he was incorrect; he’s just a big Tennessee fan. A wager was made – whoever was wrong had to pay for the next date. Whether or not Aaron was just ensuring a second date or if he was just that confident in his useless sports trivia is still under debate, but nonetheless, a second date was officially on the books. The rest is history. Oh, and guess who was right? Clay Travis went to Vanderbilt!

The Proposal:
I had no idea Aaron was even looking for rings. It was a quiet afternoon at home. He came home with roses and took me completely by surprise. No big production; it was private, and we were able to focus totally on each other. It was perfect.

Tampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena with Hockey Jerseys on Ice | Kristen Marie Photography

Tampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena with Hockey Jerseys on Ice | Kristen Marie Photography

Tampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena with Zamboni Machine on Ice | Kristen Marie Photography

Tampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena with Hockey Jerseys, Sticks and Net on Ice | Kristen Marie PhotographyTampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena with Hockey Jerseys, Sticks and Net on Ice | Kristen Marie Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
We looked at several portfolios to find a more casual style that matched our personalities. We were looking for pictures where the couples were relaxed and enjoying themselves. But more importantly, we needed to feel comfortable with the photographer on a personal level. Were they easy to talk to? Were they flexible and accommodating? Did they ask questions about what we wanted or just give out information?

Contact Kristen Marie Photography

We were referred by friends who had recently used Kristen Marie Photography as their wedding photographer. Their pictures were beautiful, and they couldn’t speak highly enough of how professional she was and easy to work with. We met Kristen face-to-face several months ago, and we could immediately tell she was the right choice. She was super personable, asked us lots of questions about our ceremony and style and was very honest about what she thought would fit our needs. She immediately loved the idea about a Lightning-themed engagement session and was very patient while we arranged it. Our engagement session was proof we made the right choice. She was professional, but kept us laughing and at ease. I can’t wait to work with her again in a few months. We couldn’t be happier; the pictures turned out awesome!

Tampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena with Hockey Jerseys and Engagement Ring | Kristen Marie Photography

Tampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena with Hockey Jerseys on Ice with Wedding Date Ice Puck | Kristen Marie Photography

Tampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena with Hockey Jerseys on Ice with Stanley Cup Playoffs Logo | Kristen Marie Photography

Tampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena with Tampa Bay Graffiti Sign | Kristen Marie Photography

Tampa Lightning Themed Engagement Session at Amalie Arena | Kristen Marie Photography

Venue: Amalie Arena
Photographer: Kristen Marie Photography *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro




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