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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Engagement & Proposal

Nori + Jose

The sun was beginning to come up and my assistant and I jumped in the car and hit I4 West. We had about a 2 hr drive to catch up on life, marriage, parenting, etc. It was a gorgeous day and as we got closer to Sarasota we both got giddy over how perfect the lighting was. We pulled up and scouted out the new location as we waited for our clients to arrive.

I’ll share a little secret with you, I’m always super nervous to meet clients for the first time! What if we don’t click? What if she’s bridezilla? What if he hates pictures? What if they get bad vibes from me? What if they want to change their mind?!

I had emailed back and forth with Nori for months and we had one phone conversation before their engagement session in the beautiful Sarasota. I could tell she was very sweet over the phone, but you always wonder what it will be like in person. And of course, Nori and Jose exceeding my expectations and hopes! Immediately it was like old friends meeting to catch up and the four of us had a wonderful time walking around different parts of Sarasota capturing this sweet season of their life.

This season is especially exciting for Nori and Jose, as it’s been eight years in the making. That’s right, EIGHT years these two have been together! They’ve been working so hard on earning their degrees, growing their careers, and surviving long distance. They’re finally tying the knot this year and I could not be happier to capture it all!

Congratulations Nori and Jose! I’m thrilled to be alongside you in this season of life!

xoxo

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Engagement & Proposal

Whitney + Chris

Never in my life have I laughed more at an engagement session! All of my couples are so much fun in their own way, but Chris brought a whole new level to this session. When I first met Whitney I immediately took note of how kind, soft spoken, and sweet she is! We chatted wedding details over coffee at an outside table in the beautiful Winter Park. She told me all about Chris and how they’ve known each other since middle school. One little fact that she just happened to leave out, was how stinkin’ funny Chris is! Like really, really funny! Chris is such a ham and rarely did he take me serious in my posing suggestions, which in return made the pictures that much better in my opinion!

But you know what put a bigger smile on my face other than Chris’ jokes and silly antics? The way Whitney always laughed at him! He always got that genuine laugh and smile out of her and her love for his humor and personality was so evident the entire evening. She doesn’t roll her eyes or act embarrassed, she just laughs. I’ve heard it said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Well Whitney, I think it’s safe to say you’ll never have a day wasted!

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