Wedding

Shelby & Dalton

January! It’s been since January that I’ve published a blog you guys! That’s just crazy and sad because we’ve been traveling all around capturing the most beautiful weddings and you guys deserve to see them! From the beaches of Florida to the mountains of Colorado, we have some pretty amazing blogs coming your way as we catch you up to speed!

First up is this perfect Florida wedding at the gorgeous Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida.  Originally from Georgia, Shelby and Dalton wanted to give their friends and family a true taste of Florida with their beach wedding. Shelby’s blush details and Dalton’s gray suit went perfectly with this salmon resort surrounded by lush greenery and white sand! They couldn’t have asked for a prettier day to say, “I do” while overlooking the bluffs of the resort with the soundtrack of the ocean in the background!

Tell Alexa to turn on ocean waves soundtrack and scroll through the blog while pretending you’re on the beach today! Maybe you’ll even find yourself walking off into the sunset at the end 😉

Enjoy!

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Wedding

Crystal & Matthew

I remember the first time meeting Crystal and Matthew. Typically I’ll meet with couples before they book, but they had already done their research, booked via email, and there we were at their engagement session. Normally I have to loosen the groom up and assure him it will be easy and painless, but not Matthew! His love for Crystal was overflowing and you could tell he was just as excited as she was to be there in that moment!

This sweet couple from New York and I became quick friends over their engagement season and I couldn’t wait for their wedding day. I knew it would be beautiful and I was so excited to be at the charming Cypress Grove Estates, but more than all of that, I was looking forward to meeting the special families that these two had to have come from! Can I just say now that I want to move to New York?! Their families were all that I imagined they would be! That tight knit, loving, fun, New York family! They made Ashley and I feel like we were part of the family that day and the Grajales wedding will be a highlight of our year for sure!

Matthew, Crystal, and to all of your family, thank you so much for a memorable night! Your love, hospitality, and overall kindness has made such an impression on us and we hope that our paths cross again soon! Enjoy your preview of that special day!

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A special thanks to the amazing vendors:

Venue: Cypress Grove Estates House

Coordinators: Anna Christine Events

Catering: Big City Catering

Hair and Makeup: Ever After Hair and Makeup

Floral Arrangements: Flowers by Lesley

Photobooth: Uptown Selfies

Cake and desserts: Lepetit Sweets

Linens and decor: Rentals by RW Events

DJ: Fyer Fly Productions

Photography: Nikki Ogden Photography

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Kaylee and Ryan

I don’t get back to my home town often anymore, so I was more than thrilled when Kaylee decided to have me capture her wedding day that was taking place in the very church that I grew up in.

Driving into town brought such a peaceful feeling to me. The S-curves that are lined with gorgeous orange groves, the familiar houses that I would walk right into, and the historic buildings that still look the same for the most part after all these years brought me back to a simpler time in life. A time where my friends and I could ride our bikes all over town. A time where we knew everybody’s name. A time where having fun and staying out of trouble were my only priorities.

The familiar smell of the church and the warm greetings from friends who were more like family made this girl’s heart overflow. There truly is no place like home and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to collide my two world’s together and get to do what I love, where I love, surrounded by people I love!

Kaylee and Ryan, your wedding day was a dream and I hope that you two have many years of happiness together! Thank you for letting me play a small part in your love story! Enjoy your preview!

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Alexandra & Ray

St. Augustine is one of my favorite cities in Florida. It’s filled with Florida history, unique shops, and beautiful architect around every corner. It also holds sentimental meaning to me as that’s where my parents eloped to over 30 years ago. And it was in that same spot where they said, “I do,” that my husband got down on one knee and proposed to me almost 10 years ago. So you can see how I was more than elated when Alex and Ray inquired about me capturing their big day and informed me it would take place in St. Augustine! What better way to start 2019 than a destination wedding in my favorite Florida city!

Alex and Ray couldn’t have asked for a prettier January day! Though the ceremony and reception were held inside, it made for perfect weather to ride the trolly back and forth between the Treasury on the Plaza and The Lightner Museum for photographs. The groomsmen provided many laughs for us that day, and the bridesmaids were the most incredible group of friends I have seen in a long time. Take the beauty you see in these pictures, and times it by 10 and you’ll get a glimpse of their hearts!

The entire day was filled with emotional moments, laughs, romance, and ended with one heck of a party. You may have heard of receptions having a loco hora… well try loco horaS for this reception! This crowd definitely knew how to have a good time!

Alex and Ray thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your big day! I’ve loved getting to know the two of you this past year! Ray, thank you so much for the sacrifices you make daily and for serving our country honorably! Alex, thank you for being a living testimony that empowered women live to empower other women! You guys are an incredibly strong couple and I pray for many years of a happy marriage between the two of you! Enjoy a little preview of your big day!

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Thanks to all the amazing vendors!:

Photography: Nikki Ogden Photography

Venue: Treasury at the Plaza & Lightner Museum

Coordinators: Coastal Coordinating

Floral Arrangements: Parkers Events

Wedding Gown: Calvet Couture BridalPronovias

Bridesmaids Dresses: Katie May Collection

Wedding Cake: Creme de la Cocoa

Videographer: Grace Ricker with Ricker Films

DJ: Reinaldo Crespo with International Open Format DJ

 

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Nori & Jose

“Eight years, nine months, and eleven days. But who’s counting?” Those were the words spoke by Nori as she read her vows to Jose. These two had been waiting for what seemed like a lifetime to others, to seal their relationship through marriage. These two endured growing pains, distance, and the ups and downs of life together, coming out on the  mountain top maturing into a beautiful couple. Nori and Jose love deeply and it’s easy to understand why everyone around them loves them deeply as well.

Nori and Jose chose the beautiful Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club in Sarasota, Florida to tie the knot. Family and friends joined them in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and then partied the night away indoors at the reception. And when I say party, I  mean PARTY! It was my first “Loco Hora” experience, but I hope it isn’t my last!

Nori and Jose, I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to come along this journey with you this past year. You guys have loved on Ashley and I like we were part of your family….and since your family is so much fun, I hope you don’t mind us joining it! Ha 😉 We pray that you guys have a lifetime of love and blessings ahead of you! Enjoy a preview of your beautiful day! 2018-11-15_00012018-11-15_00022018-11-15_00032018-11-15_00202018-11-15_00192018-11-15_00042018-11-15_00072018-11-15_00062018-11-15_00212018-11-15_00222018-11-15_00102018-11-15_00092018-11-15_00252018-11-15_00082018-11-15_00232018-11-15_00112018-11-15_00152018-11-15_00182018-11-15_00172018-11-15_00242018-11-15_00272018-11-15_00262018-11-15_00132018-11-15_00162018-11-15_00312018-11-15_00302018-11-15_00372018-11-15_00322018-11-15_00332018-11-15_00362018-11-15_00352018-11-15_00342018-11-15_00392018-11-15_00402018-11-15_0041

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Samantha & Brandon

The first time Samantha and I met, it was like sitting with an old friend. Right away I could see her adventurous spirit tied together with kindness and love for others. We talked about her and Brandon’s love story, how everything with the wedding was moved up because of their jobs, and how we should have our (her soon to be) husbands meet so that we all four could be friends!

I didn’t meet Brandon until the day of the wedding, but right away I could tell how he was a perfect match for Samantha. He had that same kindness about him that I saw in Sam. He treated Ashley and I like friends, and not like we were just a wedding vendor. He was funny and attentive. Adventurous and considerate. These two were a perfect match and the love between them made my job too easy!

Samantha and Brandon have traveled all over the world together and their travel themed wedding perfectly represented where they’ve been and where they’re going. And what better way to tie it all together than to have a sea plane fly them off into the sunset after they said “I do”?!

Thank you so much Samantha and Brandon for the honor of capturing your wedding day. I can’t wait to see what this new season in China looks like for you newlyweds! Congratulations and enjoy your preview!

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Venue: Mission Inn Marina Del Ray

Florist: Lavendar and Lace

Cake: Sweet by Holly

Coordinator: Two Peas Design

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Summers Are My Favorite

I can’t believe that as I’m sitting here typing this all three of the kiddos are at school. In all transparency I welcome the silence these two days of the week, but I also long for their giggles, splashes in the pool, and the sound of them singing at the top of their lungs. (However I don’t miss playing referee or the sound of their arguing – amiright?!)

We had an amazing summer. A summer filled with family time, Vitamin D, and many opportunities to serve together as a family. I learned so much about myself and about our family. My heart grew emotional as the summer days were coming to an end and the school year was approaching. I just wanted to bottle up all the best parts of summer and keep the kids and all our memories in one big bubble. The kids however were trying on their school uniforms every other day and were sharing with me all their big plans for TK and Kindergarten. They didn’t fully share my sentiment, but I was reminded of how incredibly thankful I am that my children feel loved and cared for even when I’m not around. I’m so blessed that I have an extension of what is happening in my home, in the shape of a school for my children. So as I’m sitting here completely exhausted by the beginning of the school year (I am NOT  a morning person!), I want to take some time to share a bunch of iPhone pics of our best parts with you – key words – best parts. I have three kids 6,4, and 2… obviously they fight and argue and wine. Oh do they wine! But your kids probably do that too. You’re so sick of hearing it – why would you want to read about it? So as I choose to focus on all the sweet times, maybe it will help you see your sweet moments in the “in between” too!

Lessons from the Summer:

  1. It’s hard being a homebody with three little kids. They like to do stuff! They make huge messes when they’re home all day. So treat the kiddos with a movie in mommy’s bed! It keeps everyone contained and the living room gets a break!39937417_10100448027307648_1032304271585968128_n
  2. If you’re a homebody in Florida, you have to have a pool! Whether you blow that bad boy up or it’s built in, just have one! The kids don’t realize that you’re kicking them out of the house, they think it’s a reward or something! Win win for all!
  3. If you add a banana to the nastiest green vegetable juice you can find and then freeze it as a popsicle, you don’t have to fight your kids to get their daily dose of veggies! 34321879_10100417502774058_3535881502023745536_n
  4. Mark your calendars months in advance for Chick-fil-A day and 7-11 day. What’s better than free Chick and Slurpees? And they’ve already had their veggie pops so don’t fret over all the dye in the slurpees – balance people!
  5. Serving together as a family has provided us with some of our most bonding moments as a family. It gives us an opportunity to show our children people and cultures that are different than us, while showing them the equality between us as well. It has brought the teaching they receive to life. It shows them what “daddy’s job” is all about, and that it’s not a job just for daddy! It has taught me to respond to opportunities rather than make an excuse.
  6. The beach is a must. I don’t like sand and I rarely get into the ocean, but for some reason I just LOVE the beach. We go to NSB every summer. The kids are always on their best behavior that week and we bounce back and forth between pool and beach all day every day. We are lenient of schedules and we check out of technology for the most part. Is summer really even summer without a beach vacations?! Not for this family!
  7. One on one time in a family of 5 is hard to come by, but being intentional is worth it! We took both girls out on dates this summer and Jonah got a day at Sea World. All three of them were in heaven for those few hours and it’s so much fun seeing who they are when they’re the center of our attention. Our oldest and youngest lived it up! Our middle was so quiet at first (not like her at all) and it almost felt like that awkward first date in the beginning – I suppose it’s a classic middle child thing, but she soon loosened up and it was a perfect night.
  8. Sign your kids up for all the fun! We did a fun reading camp and a VBS and it was a perfect way to break up our summer routines, or the lack thereof, and a great time for them to spend with their friends. Added bonus: Jesus and books!
  9. Stay up late and when you’re so tired the next day make a fun starbucks trip! It’s what summers are for, right?!
  10. Even if you don’t go to the beach, or go to VBS, or have a pool, just have fun together. More than any other summer the reality of these little people growing up hit me hard. The days can be so long. So.very.long. But the years are flying by. I checked on the kids the other night and the sight of my 6 year old sleeping overwhelmed me. She looked so big. How did she fill out her bed so fast? When did her face get so mature? The “growing up” stuff is happening every time we blink. Each year is a year closer to when she doesn’t need us for every little thing. When she doesn’t live with us. When she doesn’t share our last name. We have to be intentional with this small window of time we have with our babies and that intentionality doesn’t require money, or theme park passes, or a beach. It just requires that we’re present.

 

So cheers to an amazing summer and fall we welcome you. Mostly we just welcome your somewhat cooler temps, football games,  and holidays… not the 5:45am wake up calls (palm in face emoji).