A photographer could not have asked for better weather or lighting on the day Laurielle, and Andre had their engagement photos taken! These two lovebirds won a free engagement shoot from me the Orchid Spa Bridal Expo, which was held at the Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda last February. This post is "extra special" today because the island is currently (as I type) sitting through Hurricane Joaquim! As you can see by his uniform, Andre is currently enrolled in the Bermuda Regiment. After a hurricane, the soldiers in the Regiment go out into the community to help clean up after a storm passes.
The clean up can be extensive; from removing fallen trees, to helping move debris from damaged roofs and houses to making an urgent rescue of someone in trouble. Some of the soldiers in Bermuda volunteer to serve, although most of the male soldiers have been drafted. At the age of 18, Bermudian men are eligible for the draft and typically serve three years. Andre, on the other hand, plans to make a career out of the military, so he's not going anywhere soon! A big "shout out" to all of our soldiers - male and female - in the Bermuda Regiment. Thank you in advance for the clean-up work that you will do tomorrow after Joaquim moves on. Stay safe everyone! ...and a special congrats to the soon-to-be newlyweds; who plan to get married shortly after Christmas!