Bridlewood Ranch Rustic Wedding

Nina and Josh got married at one of my favorite venues. If you’ve been following my blog I’m sure you’ll know where I’m talking about! That’s right, BWR.. Can’t get away from there and I’m honestly not trying! They have a great venue that I love working at. I refer them to all of my brides who haven’t booked their venue yet and if you haven’t booked, I suggest you go talk to them!


These guys were a blast to be around. Nina and Josh are both easy going and big-hearted making them a blast to work with. Their engagement photos were shot at their home just down the road from BWR.


They decided they didn’t want to see each other before the big “I do” so instead we did the first touch. They passed each other notes and held hands while both fought back tears.


It was a bit of a warm day. In Florida, even late September can be in the 80s. That didn’t slow this crew down, they partied hard and enjoyed the breeze when it hit.


Nina and Josh got married under the big oak down by the lake. It was a bright and clear day with the smell of flower blooms in the air.


Nina’s gorgeous floral arrangements were by the one and only Southern Style Floral Design Co.


I can’t say I expected the enthusiasm from everyone around when these two finally kissed.


But they all celebrated, standing to cheer and blowing bubbles as everyone ran down the aisle.


Nothing was really posed for these guys! They were just having too much fun to stop it for a few photos. Instead, they played on the swing and goofed off while I snapped. I love being able to step back and document rather than pose.


Bridlewood Ranch Gathering Place and a Rainy Day

Ashley and Paul met me at Kraft Azalea Park for their included engagement session earlier this year. I love having the engagement session in each of my packages to allow couples to get a chance to meet me and experience how I work so that everyone is comfortable on the big day.


Their venue for the wedding is Bridlewood Ranch Gathering place near Clermont Florida. Which happens to be one of my personal favorite venues. I have had the pleasure of working closely with this family run venue since their grand opening and look forward to growing with them through many more amazing weddings.


BWR has a cute little dressing room for the bride and groom. The bridal suite has a chandelier, several mirrors, a gorgeous day couch, and a fridge that comes fully stocked with mimosas!


They also happen to be pet-friendly. I have never attended a wedding with a pet where the audience didn’t collectively “awwww” when a pet is included in the big day! They are a part of the family and should be included! Plus, I mean look at this cutie! I reshot for his blink.. but let’s face it, this is cuter!


It’s moments like this image above that really make what I do important. Ashely facetimed all of her relatives who couldn’t be here for her big day. It’s the little things that make a big difference.


It rained on Ashley and Paul’s big day at the ranch. While they had a backup plan to have the ceremony indoors, Ashely and Paul decided they wouldn’t melt and neither would their guests. They stuck with the outdoor plans and I’m really happy they did. The rain was gentle, the light was magical, and the unique atmosphere created wonderful memories.


Ashley chose so many unique and beautiful details for her big day. This includes a bouquet with a flower I’ve never seen before as the center piece. This was made possible by the lovely Denise Salmon of Southern Style Floral Design Co.


No one seemed to mind the rain, including the prettiest princess flower girl this world has ever seen! Who proceeded to dance in the rain as often as she was allowed.


After the ceremony, the party moved under the barn roof and cafe lights. One great thing about BWR is they are so open to customization. Let them know what you want and they will do everything they can to make it happen.


I love taking advantage of fun moments during formal portraits. Did I take a more traditional shot of these girls? Yes of course, but this one is so much more..”them”.


The sparkler exit is something that I’ve become known for. I choose to loose mostly natural light from the sparklers rather than using flash, giving it this amazing glow. Bridlewood Ranch is one of my favorite places for the sparklers. We have worked together to provide a perfect and safe environment for an amazing shot every time!

Estate on the Halifax

WeddingWire is one avenue that many of my clients find me and decide whether or not we may be a great fit. This is how I met Christine and Robert. I met Christine in Baldwin Park for her bridal session. This is a session either with just the bride or with both the bride a groom that takes place before the wedding date.


I enjoy utilizing bridal sessions to really focus on artistic and unique concepts that will give my couples wall worthy portraits that will wow every visitor. These sessions also allow for shorter portrait sessions during the big day which can be extra helpful on a tight timeline.


Robert and Christine chose to wed at a gorgeous location near Daytona Florida called Estate on the Halifax. This quiet little garden only minutes from Daytona Beach offers multiple housing options in historic homes on the property. These homes are perfect for photography, full of character and lighting opportunities. sm7

Another amazing feature of this venue is the brick paved paths surrounding multiple koi ponds in the center of the property. That’s not all this place has to offer though! It also boasts a train car with train tracks, a beautiful brick paved bridge, and white chapel.


I was in love with the light we were able to create for Christine and her mother while she was getting ready. The room’s walls where she was getting ready was a beautiful dark wood panel with large windows, we added a large softbox light behind her and used the natural light in front of us to provide this gorgeous glow.


Robert and his party got ready in the train car while Christine dressed in one of the historic homes. We got the two of them together just before the ceremony for a first touch. Estate on the Halifax has so many amazing options for this! We chose the brick archway entrance to the koi ponds.


Robert and Christine married in the chapel surrounded by their friends and family. Robert sang his vows and Christine shared their amazing story of love through all phases which brought everyone to tears. They even rang the church bells on their way out!


This is definitely a wedding for the books. A  gorgeous couple whose hearts are full of love and kindness, a venue abound with amazing photography opportunities and a bridal party up for anything!


Back to Florida to Tie the Knot

These two have such a sweet and unique story! They met over an ad on craigslist and a German shepherd. He was moving to Florida from NY and she was looking for a dog. They hit it off right away and were inseparable ever since. They decided to get married in one of my favorite venues, Bridlewood Ranch Gathering Place.

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Their theme was simple and rustic, with beautiful place settings and decor. These two and their wedding party were relaxed and just enjoying the day. Having flown in from their new home across the country they were here to simply enjoy life!

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Bridlewood was the perfect venue for them. It is nestled down a quiet road in Clermont and full of tall pines. When the sun hits just right it’s like there are magical spotlights on you where ever you go.

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Sometimes that small details can be some of the most important. One photo that seems to always be a crowd pleaser is the ring set among the bouquet.

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Richard and Sahily chose to swap letters but not see each other before their big moment. This is a perfect alternative to a first look and still evokes some tearful moments.

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As always I love..LOVE.. sparkler exits! It is definitely one of my specialties! I go about them a little different than most and rely almost solely on the light emitted from the sparklers giving these images a romantic glow.

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Now Sahily didn’t tell me ahead of time, but this girl can tear up the dance floor! I was totally blown away by her moves once the dance floor got hot!

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It was a great day full of big laughs and bigger hugs. I look forward to seeing where life takes Richard and Sahily.

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Gulfport Beach Wedding

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This was such a beautiful wedding. Christy and Chuck have been longtime partners, and they knew it was time to finally make it official. This gorgeous couple wanted a casual yet fun wedding to celebrate their love.

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Christy and Chuck booked beach homes near the venue just down the road from each other to get ready. I always love seeing the cute places people find to get ready in.

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Christy is a gorgeous bride and mother. Her dress was the prettiest hue with just a touch of blush coloring.

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This was a shoeless wedding for the ladies, with different hues of blue dresses and bright orange and yellow bouquets they made themselves.

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Chuck is a good sport! He put up with all of my silly requests for funny poses with a smile on his face.

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It didn’t rain on their parade exactly but it threatened with dark ominous storm clouds hanging over the ceremony site all the way up until the start. It stayed just on the horizon with only little bits of drizzle. So to celebrate the little drizzle at the perfect times we did an umbrella shot. It’s good luck for rain on your wedding day.

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We snuck Christy and Chuck out to the beach right at sunset to capture these beautiful images with strobe lighting. This type of shot is not always available if the conditions aren’t just right.

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