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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Wedding

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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Wedding

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

 

Wedding

#FallingHeadleyOverHeels

Summer in Florida is our rainy season. I know, kind of ironic since we’re known as the sunshine state, but it’s true! Many outdoor weddings are moved inside, engagement sessions and senior portraits are often rescheduled.

The week leading up to Gabby and Thomas’ wedding was no different. It rained all week long and the few moments of relief it gave us was still extremely overcast and cloudy. I knew that Gabby was a roll-with-the-punches kind of girl and honestly, I wasn’t worried about her being disappointed about pictures outside. I have the cutest bubble umbrellas and knew that her and Thomas would make the most of it and we would still get adorable photographs. However, as much as I love those umbrellas, I was so happy for Gabby when we didn’t need them!

You guys – it was a miracle! The clouds opened up and rays of sunshine came bursting through! It made for a gorgeous day, a day that perfectly reflected their love for one another!

“They are always happiest when they’re together.” 

“When they first got together we knew that was it, nothing else seemed to make sence.” 

“Thomas made it a priority to facetime Gabby every day during their years of long distance.”

“Gabby talks about Thomas all the time when she’s not with him.” 

These were the words that filled the ceremony and the toasts. Their pastor, family, and best friends witnessed their relationship for the past six years and were all thrilled that the day was finally here where these two would become one! You know you have something beautiful when you have so  much support and encouragement from your people. Support and encouragement that gets you through six years, and most of it long distance!

Thomas and Gabby, it has been an absolute honor to come alongside you in this season of your life. I feel so privilege to get a peek at what the rest of your friends and family have witnessed over the last several years. I pray that your love for one another continues to grow more and more every day!

Enjoy your preview!

xoxo

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Engagement & Proposal

JaLisa + Mark

It was a perfect morning as JaLisa, Mark and I walked around taking in nature and snapping photos here and there. When I met with them to talk about their engagement session they tossed around a few locations. I think they were settled on a local park until I asked them what it was they wanted to showcase. JaLisa really loved the idea of showcasing the state of Florida for her family back in Ohio.

Florida has so many options when it comes to locations. We’re the sunshine state so of course you could go for the beach session. We also have some metropolitan cities like Tampa, Orlando, Miami, and Jacksonville that offer a fun downtown feel. But we also have swamplands, open fields, and over 100 springs that discharge millions of gallons of water a day. It really is a great state for a photographer with so many different options (just wish we had those beautiful fall colors…and maybe some mountains!)

As we continued to talk I learned that JaLisa and Mark were an outdoorsy couple and loved spending time in nature and swimming in the springs. That’s when we all knew that Wekiva State Park would be the perfect location for their engagement session!

We nearly had the whole park to ourselves that morning and the bright sun hitting the gorgeous trees brought a peace that I can still feel when I look at their gallery. We couldn’t have had more fun that morning and I can’t wait to celebrate their wedding day!

Enjoy a sweet preview from that peaceful day.

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Wedding

Horton Wedding

I had been looking forward to this wedding for months and the day did not disappoint! Over the last few months I have fallen in love with Whitney and Chris and with excitement counted down the days with them! We texted back and forth the week of and both kept checking the weather. The forecast was predicting a beautiful day in the 70’s and mother nature gave us just that!

Whitney seemed calmed and laid back while she had her hair and make up done. Chris was his usual funny self surrounded by guys who cared for and loved him and Whitney. They were both so ready to get to the altar and say, “I do.” Her daddy walked her down, gave her away, and before you knew it the two kissed and were announced as Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Horton.

Chris and Whitney had the most beautiful day filled with amazing people, beautiful colors, perfect weather, and sentimental details all around remembering those who couldn’t be there. The love these two share was evident the entire day from beginning to end.

Congratulations Chris and Whitney! Thank you so much for allowing me the privilege of capturing your special day. I hope you look through these photos and relive all the excitement and emotions from last weekend! Happy 1 week Anniversary! Enjoy your preview!

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Wedding

Mark + Nicole

What do you get when you put together an Italian girl from the Bronx with an Englishman from the island? The sweetest most well balanced couple you’ve ever met! Nicole and Mark have an incredible love story. A love story that takes two people from different corners of the world, leads them on a Disney cruise where they both pursue their dreams, and sprinkles some magic pixie dust on them so they fall in love and live happily ever after!

Ok, so maybe I made up the pixie dust part, but the rest is true! As opposite as they are, these two found themselves forming a friendship that quickly became more. Sharing their culture with one another and learning about new ones together, they found that maybe they weren’t so different after all. The two traveled all over the world together on the cruise and realized that just maybe a vivacious girl from New York could be swept off her feet by a proper Englishman..

Nicole and Mark have invested the last several years growing as individuals and as a couple, and their growth, commitment, and love for one another was so evident last week. The admiration and respect these two share is inspiring and their wedding day was nothing short of that. From the number of people who traveled afar to be there, to the little details throughout the venue that told their story, one could easily see that this is a couple who loves well, and is loved well by others!

Thank you so much for letting me capture your special day! From watching you both prepare for the ceremony to running off into the sunset with you, the entire day was truly a gift to me. Nicole, it has been a pleasure becoming your friend over this past year, and Mark, the way you tenderly care for her is so evident and for that I am thankful! Congratulations and I hope you enjoy your preview of your special day! Happy 1 week anniversary!

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