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

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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Inspiration for Brides, Wedding

Sweet Summer Time

Its officially the first day of summer and we couldn’t be more excited! I’ll be honest, living in Florida it’s felt like the summer for a while now, but nonetheless, we love it!

Some of your favorite Orlando wedding vendors came together to give you summer wedding inspiration! We had all things patriotic in mind while styling it and this would be a perfect design for Memorial day, 4th of July, Labor Day, a military wedding, or heck, really any summer wedding! Hues of red and blue are the perfect pop against the clean white and bright look we all love!

Southern brides, don’t think you have to sweat like crazy to have a beautiful outdoor wedding! Don’t be afraid to pick that short wedding dress off the rack! As you can see here, when Sarah topped it off with the veil and red heels, she had classy written all over her!

I don’t know about you guys, but I was a bride on a budget! So take it from me, that doesn’t mean you have to trade classy for cheap or timeless for tacky! This design shows you how topping off your simple white cake with a sprinkled donut, decorating your tables with in season berries, and adding fresh flowers can make all the difference!

So pick up your glass of lemonade and scroll through for a taste of summer!

*This shoot was also shared on Southern Bride’s‘s blog – click here to see more

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A huge thanks to all the amazing vendors that made this possible!

floral designer: Flowers By Lesley | beauty: Abstract One Cosmetics and Studio 122 | gown store: Bridal Gallery of Orlando | cake designer: Bake A Wish Cakes and Sweets | venue: Paradise Cove Orlando | linens and coverings: Over the Top Rental Linens | equipment rentals: Dishie Rentals and Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals | event planner and calligrapher: Two Peas Designs | event planner: Big Day Celebrations

 

Engagement & Proposal

Kim + EJ | Engagement Session

Words can’t even describe how happy I am for my sweet friend Kim! A few years ago God crossed our paths as cheerleading coaches. We coached a varsity cheer team for three years together. She is opposite from me in so many ways which made the perfect balance! I was the ying and she was my yang. She was positive and I tended to “keep it real” more often than not. She is full of grace and I brought the “justice”. She was the encourager and I was the pusher. But a few things we did have in common was that we loved our teams and we both wanted her to find the man of her dreams!

Dating is so stinkin’ hard these days – can I get an amen?! Kim is an amazing woman! She is full of life, so positive, energetic, has a great sense of humor, and believes the best in people. I knew it would take an incredible man to win her heart and appreciate everything she has to offer.

When I met EJ I instantly knew that he was the one we hoped and prayed for! Not only does he appreciate her silly personality, but he encourages it and plays right along with her. He’s kind and encouraging and the perfect person to take care of one of my sweetest friends!

Enjoy this preview from their engagement session! Their wedding is only a few weeks away so you’ll be seeing them again soon!

Congrats Kim and EJ! We love you guys!

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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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