Celebrations

Engagements Welcome to FLORIDA TODAY's Celebrating Engagements page. To look through the gallery, either click on the left or right arrows or swipe the photos left or right to look through these exciting celebrations. Don't forget to share this gallery with someone with the Facebook, Twitter or Email buttons right below the pictures. You can even create your own.

Eschmann - Simmons Mr. and Mrs. Carl Eschmann of Melbourne, Florida are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Hattie Eschmann to Tyler Simmons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Traye Simmons of Drums, Pennsylvania. A February wedding is planned.

Kehres - Horn Mr. & Mrs. Anthony and Kimberly Kehres, of Melbourne, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Karly to Matthew Horn, son of Ms. Susan Horn, of Palm Bay. The bride and groom-to-be graduated from Melbourne Central Catholic High School in 2009 and 2004, respectively. Karly then graduated from the University of Florida in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and Matthew graduated from Florida State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. Matthew went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Institute of Technology in 2014 and is now facility manager for Tampa Sports Authority. Karly is now public relations specialist for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The wedding will be November 11, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palm Bay. The couple plans to reside in St. Petersburg.

Sypien-Waughtel Mr. and Mrs. Peter Sypien of Titusville, Florida are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Justine Nicole to John Waughtel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Waughtel of GreenCove Springs Florida. Ms. Sypien is a 2009 graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Family Sciences and a 2012 graduate of Jacksonville University with a BS in Nursing. She is employed at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville as an Emergency Room nurse. Mr. Waughtel is a Senior Engineer at City Refrigeration and Electrics in Jacksonville. An early 2018 wedding is planned in Orlando.

Sypien-Waughtel Mr. and Mrs. Peter Sypien of Titusville,Florida are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Justine Nicole to John Waughtel,son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Waughtel of GreenCove Springs Florida. Ms. Sypien is a 2009 graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Family Sciences and a 2012 graduate of Jacksonville University with a BS in Nursing. She is employed at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville as an Emergency Room nurse. Mr. Waughtel is a Senior Engineer at City Refrigeration and Electrics in Jacksonville. An early 2018 wedding is planned in Orlando.

Trader - Smith, Melbourne Rudi and Debbie Trader of West Melbourne, Florida are excited to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberli Trader, to Shane Smith, son of Marlow and Rexann Smith of Sioux City, Iowa. Kimberli received her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law and she is an attorney at Trader Legal in Melbourne, Florida. Shane received his law degree from the University of South Dakota and his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida and he is an attorney at Shane M. Smith, P.A. in Melbourne, Florida. A wedding is planned for March 2018. Photo Credit: Winship Photography

McCarthy - Petr Mr. and Mrs. Eugene McCarthy of Indialantic, Florida announce the engagement of their daughter Jennifer Lynne McCarthy to David Petr, son of Otto J. Petr of Auburndale, Florida. Ms. McCarthy graduated from Rollins College, Winter Park with an undergraduate degree in Organizational Behavior, and from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne with her Masters in Business Administration. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Orlando Health System in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Petr graduated from University of Illinois with an undergraduate degree in Advertising, and from the University of Texas, Austin with his Masters in Advertising. He is the President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Montgomery County in Bethesda, Maryland. A spring 2018 wedding will be planned in D.C. They will reside in their new home in Potomac, Maryland.

Meltzer - McCarthy - Indialantic, Fl Rita and David Meltzer of Indialantic and Fernandina Beach, Florida are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Meltzer, to Kevin McCarthy, son of Paul and Antoinette McCarty of Indian Harbor Beach, Florida. The Bride and Groom are both graduates of Melbourne Catholic Central and reside in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Katherine received her bachelor degree from Stetson University and obtained her Master in Accountancy from American University. She is currently an Audit Senior at Deloitte in Jacksonville, Florida. The prospective groom is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Science from University of Baltimore. He is employed as a private investigator in Jacksonville, Florida. The couple is planning a December 2017 wedding in St. Augustine, Florida

McAndrew - Davidson
Merritt Island, Florida
Dr. and Mrs. William Patrick McAndrew announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Joy, to Kyle Davidson, son of Shawn and Catherine Davidson of Carrollwood, Florida. Ms. McAndrew, a graduate of the University of Central Florida (2015) works as a Fair Housing Coordinator at Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. Mr. Davidson graduated with university honors from the University of Central Florida (2015) works at Kennedy Space Center as a Hydraulics and Fluids Engineer for NASA as well as being a technical adviser for the Aerospace Engineering Senior Design Program at the University of Central Florida. The wedding is planned for late October 2017.

Payne - Frandsen
Jacksonville, FL
“Jack and Marti Payne announce the engagement of their daughter, Holly Martine Payne, to William Charles Frandsen, son of Bill and Tracy Frandsen of Jacksonville, Florida. Holly, a graduate of Flagler College, is a Social Media Director with KNG Marketing Partners in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. William, also a graduate of Flagler College, is a Customer Service Manager with Advantus Corporation in Jacksonville. A March wedding is planned.”

Shaulis - Highsmith Mr. and Mrs. Steven Shaulis of Merritt Island, Fla. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin Whitney to Ensign John Morgan Highsmith, United States Navy, son of Drs. Dwayne and Maria Highsmith of Vacaville, Calif. The future bride recently earned her juris doctor degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. She also holds bachelor of science and master of arts degrees in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The University of Alabama, respectively. Ms. Shaulis commissioned as a Naval Judge Advocate in the spring of 2016 and is also a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church at Lafayette Square and the Junior League of Washington. Ensign Highsmith is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics. He is currently a student naval aviator stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. A fall wedding in 2017 or 2018 at the United States Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md. is planned, dependent upon the future groom’s flight training schedule.

Ellen & Robert - 10/20/2015 -
Mr and Mrs Edward Salomon of Indialantic FL announce the engagement of their daughter Ellen Rose to Robert Aaron Duffy son of Mr and Mrs Kevin Duffy of Delray Beach FL. A April 2016 wedding is planned and the couple will live in Delray Beach FL

Reding - Thielen Ed and Joy Reding of Rockledge are thrilled to announce the engagement of their son Eric to Miss Sarah Thielen, daughter of Adam and Milana Thielen of Sorrento. Sarah, a 5th generation Floridian, Deland HS, and FSU Business Management graduate, is a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual. Eric is a 7th generation Floridian, Merritt Island HS grad, and life-long Gator, with a UCF degree in Political Science and Coaching. He is a Business Consultant with Reynolds and Reynolds, and assists the MI Mustang Coaching Staff. Both are dedicated to “glorifying God through laughter and love”! ~ Sarah With joyful anticipation, we look forward to their wedding next year!

Miranda Hayworth & Eric Chaffiot After a romantic Colorado mountain top proposal, Mr. & Mrs. Tomas R. Santos, III, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miranda Hayworth, to Eric Chaffiot, son of Mrs. Jennifer McDonald of Merritt Island and Mr. Robert Chaffiot, Jr., of Rockledge. Eric is a 2004 graduate of Rockledge High and Miranda a 2008 graduate of Space Coast. The couple both attend/attended college, live and work locally. The wedding will take place in November, 2017

Dominicis - Dansbury Merritt Island, FL Mr. & Mrs. Fernando Dominicis of Merritt Island announce the engagement of their daughter, Maria Elena to Justin Thomas Dansbury, son of William Dansbury of Cocoa and Keri Schechinger of Merritt Island.The bride and groom to-be, graduated from Merritt Island High School and both will graduate from University of Florida in May; Maria with her Bachelors in Nursing and Justin with his Masters in Materials Engineering. Justin recently accepted a position with Chevron in Houston TX, where Maria will also pursue her nursing career. The wedding will be May 21, 2016 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church Indialantic, FL.

Jacquelynn Burke & Daniel Wong Mr. and Mrs. James Burke of Indialantic, Florida, proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Jacquelynn, to Daniel Wong, son of Keith and Diana Wong of Bayside New York. The future bride graduated from the University of Notre Dame and is a senior publicist at Algonquin Publishing. The future groom is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is an electrical engineer with Source One Energy Solutions in New York. An April wedding is planned and the couple will live in New York.

Pitron & Metzger Dr. & Mrs. John E. Pitron of Cocoa Beach are happy to announce the engagement of their son John Alexander to Delaney Lynn Metzger, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Lee Metzger of Cocoa, FL. John graduated from Cocoa Beach High School and from Full Sail University with a Bachelors in Recording Arts and works as the Lead Gear Tech and as a Freelance Production Sound Mixer for Stickman Sound in Las Vegas. Delaney graduated from Edgewood Jr/Sr High School and UCF with a Bachelors in Digital Media - Web Design; currently employed by HeBS Digital as an Account Executive in Las Vegas.

Lindsay M. Ranew & Matthew B. Warren Robert Ranew and Steve & Traci Whitney are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Lindsay Marie Ranew to Matthew Benjamin Warren. Lindsay graduated from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and received her Masters in Education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is Employed by Calvary Chapel of Melbourne. Matthew is the son of Jack and Sarah Warren of Lexington, South Carolina. Matthew received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. He is Employed by Bankers Life Insurance Company.

Derek Miller - Marianne Herbst Bud and Judy Miller of Cocoa, Florida announce the engagement of their son, Derek to Marianne Herbst of New Jersey. Derek graduated from Satellite High School and Magn Cum Laude from Florida State University with a BS in Management Information Systems. Marianne graduated from Cornell University with an MS in Chemical Engineering. Derek and Marianne met working on a project at Columbia University, NYC. Marianne is employed at Slalom Consulting in Manhattan, NYC. Derek is a Senior Manager and is employed at Accenture Consulting in Manhattan, NYC. An October 16, 2015 wedding is planned and their honeymoon will be in Hawaii. They will reside in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Mawn - Delia Titusville Kevin and Cyndi Mawn, of Titusville, FL joyfully announce the engagement of their daughter Caitlin Rose Mawn to Peter Vincent Delia, son of Wayne and Carol Delia of Pembroke Pines, FL. Caitlin received her B.A. in Classical Humanities from the University of Central Florida and her J.D. from Florida State University College of Law. She is employed by the State of Florida as a Senior Attorney for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation in Tallahassee, FL. Peter received his B.S.B.A. in Economics and in Finance from the University of Central Florida and a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law. He is employed by the State of Florida as a Senior Attorney for the Department of Health in Tallahassee, FL. The wedding is planned for October 17, 2015, in Orlando, FL.

Announcement of Engagement Keith & Renee Kowalske of Melbourne, FL announce the engagement of their daughter Amber Rae Kowalske to Timothy Joseph Kulis son of Joseph and Karen Kulis. The future bride is a graduate of Eau Gallie High School, and received her Bachelor of Music from the Boston Conservatory and Masters of Music from the New England Conservatory. She is Manager of Catering & Special Events at the Monroe C. Gutman Library, Harvard Graduate School. The future groom is from Clinton, MA and graduated from Boston College Law School and is employed by WilmerHale Law Firm. The wedding will be held 25 July at the Boston College Club, Boston, MA.

Kyle Osman & Amanda Aucoin Mr & Mrs Perry and Ginny Osman are happy to announce the engagement of their son Kyle Victor to Amanda Leigh Aucoin, daughter of Mr & Mrs Joseph and Camille Aucoin of Tampa, FL. Both Kyle and Amanda graduated from the University of Central Florida. Kyle is employed with Ted Todd Allstate Insurance and Ms Aucoin is employed at Costa d'Este Beach Resort and Spa in Vero Beach. The wedding will be celebrated May 2015 in Savannah, GA.

Christina Drinkwater & Garrett Mouse Kim and David Drinkwater of Oklahoma City, OK are thrilled to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Christina Drinkwater to Mr. Garrett Mouse, son of Lori and Rick Mouse of Sand Springs, OK. Garrett's Christmas gift to Christina was a trip to New York City where he surprised her with a marriage proposal in Central Park in front of the park's Bethesda Fountain. Shortly after his proposal and her acceptance, Garrett revealed to Christina both sets of parents who were waiting and watching the proposal from a terrace just above the fountain. As a child, Christina lived in Merritt Island, FL where her grandmother Anna Drinkwater and family, Val and PD (Paul) Drinkwater, Pam and Rob Sansing and Jerry Brokaw still reside with her grandmother Arlene Brokaw nearby in Orlando, FL. Christina and her parents relocated to Oklahoma where she graduated from high school in Moore, OK. After high school, Christina attended University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond, OK and received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, allowing her to obtain her RN nursing license in 2014. Within her circle of UCO friends is where she also met Garrett. UCO is where Garrett received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Safety in 2008 after graduating from Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, OK. Now, both Christina and Garrett live in Midland, TX where Garrett works as a Formation Evaluation (FE)Business Devel-opment Manager for Baker Hughes and Christina serves as a Registered Nurse for Midland Memori-al Hospital. The two are planning a Spring 2016 wedding back in Oklahoma where many of their friends and family will gather.

We're Engaged Ranew & Webb Robert Ranew and Traci Whitney are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Whitney Lee Ranew ToJoshua Gardner Webb.Whitney Graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama with a Bachelors degree in Family Studies and Child Development. She is employed by The First Baptist Church of Trussville, Alabama. Joshua is the son of Gary and Marsha Webb of Trussville, Alabama. Joshua received an Associates Degree in Horticulture and Landscaping from Jefferson State in Birmingham, Alabama He is employed by Gary A Webb, Horticulturist. A June 13, 2015 Wedding is planned in Birmingham

Lauren McClasky & Matthew Masson Gregory and Tina McClasky are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Maria McClasky, to Matthew Joseph Masson, son of Elizabeth Masson and Dr. Philip Provenzale and the late James Masson. The future bride graduated from Brevard Community College and the University of Central Florida with two associates degrees. She is currently pursuing a bachelors degree. She is employed as a dental hygienist at Christie Dental. The future groom graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelors degree. He is employed as a manager-in-training at Hertz. An April 2016 wedding is planned.