I met Holly and David just hours before their big day. I try to avoid doing that but we had no choice as this was going to be a destination wedding! We did a lot of planning over the phone and I did get to meet Holly’s local friend who was helping her plan.
They chose to get married in Tavares Florida at the City’s Pavilion on the Lake. This is a gorgeous building! It sits literally on stilts over the lake with a grand brick paved pier leading to the twin stairs adorned entrance. The interior doesn’t fall short of expectations either, with yet another set of stairs set against a wall of giant windows opening to the vast waterscape behind the building.
This intimate wedding was flawless down to the last detail. Every little thing shared a special sentiment with Holly and David. I am so honored to have gotten to join in the celebration.
Sierra is a dear friend of mine and this wedding could not come quick enough, I was just so excited to be a part of it! Sierra and Russel have been together for several years and are ready to take this next step in their journey together.
Their ceremony took place in their home church with Russel’s father officiating. I adored seeing how close this congregation was to this couple and as a family. We then headed to the nearby park in Apopka to take a few portraits on our way to the Mt Dora Yacht club for the reception.
It is obvious how much love and devotion Sierra and Russel have to one another. Their admiration was hard to miss as they finally got to celebrate becoming man and wife. I love you guys and am so proud of you! <3
What an amazing new venue! I have had the privilege to photograph a few events here and was so moved by it that I felt it needed it’s own blog! Blackwater got started after Sophie and John got married there in December of 2017. John’s parents own the property and the wedding went so well that everyone was asking to get to use it too. Thus Blackwater Events and More was born.
This family-run venue is about as carefree as you can get. You may bring any vendor you choose in and build your wedding from scratch. If you’d rather sit back and trust the pros, Sophie will design your big day with you. You will not be disappointed with her plans either! I have never seen such beautiful decorations and styling like Sophie’s.
This venue is set back in the woods of Eustis, Fl down long winding roads surrounded by beautiful views. This is natural Florida at it’s best! This property is adorned with oak canopies, open fields, and palm patches for acres. It is full of friendly wildlife that has grown used to the commotion and seems to invite itself to the party.
Sunsets are usually my go to “oh so pretty!” moment, but not here. Yes, the sunsets are amazing, don’t get me wrong.. but the light here is just amazing all day long! Your photographer (pick me! pick me!) will love you for choosing this venue. I couldn’t get enough of this place on my first visit, and still, I struggle to leave when it is time to go every time!
They are pet-friendly, offer endless options for the creative mind, and are set in the magical wonderland of natural Florida, what more could you want! If you would like to take a look at this venue or have any questions please reach out to Sophie on WeddingWire or Facebook.
I’ve heard of these secret awesome Gatsby parties.. but didn’t know anyone who has ever really been to one. For all I knew, they were completely made up! Until I met these two… This couple is unlike anyone I’ve ever met, they are so hip, and cultured. They love planning big parties and collecting items from the Gatsby era.
They took dance lessons and learned that Tango, sought out authentic clothing and items, and even have two cars that fit the era!
So this is all pretty cool already right? Well, it gets better.. These two decided they would not actually tell anyone they were engaged! So this was just a big party they were hosting according to the invitation. It was so hard tiptoeing around trying to not give it away while everyone was getting ready!
Most of the family got ready at their home in Longwood Florida, even those who didn’t know it was going to be a wedding! Everyone’s outfits were amazing, and the stories behind finding some of the authentic jewelry and headbands were very intriguing.
They chose the Mason and Jarden venue in Altamonte for this grand event, and honestly, I don’t think they could have chosen a more fitting location. The venue is a grand building full of large gold moldings, mirrors, and accents.
For the first few hours of the party, it was all boas, beads, pinstripes, and a live band! People chachaing and swing dancing, sipping on fancy era drinks and playing up the era. But no one but a very small few of those needed knew about the big plan.
Our beautiful bride and handsome groom snuck away to get ready with a special outfit. Then it was time.. She grabbed her giant feather fan and he grabbed his top hat and cane. It was time to Tango into their wedding ceremony!
They danced up to a microphone and there it happened, everyone was blown away! Oh by the way everyone… did you know this was a wedding?!?! Oh and the dessert table! Check out these amazing cupcakes!
Here is a peek inside of a few engagement sessions at Mead Botanical Gardens from 2018. Mead is a beautiful and diverse park located in Winter Park Fl not far from Rollins College. They offer free admission to their large property including a rose garden, botanical garden, large oak canopies, picnic tables and walking paths. Mead also offers wedding services. Click on the link above to find out more about this awesome park.
McKenzie and Duncan-
McKenzie and Duncan are getting married at Bridlewood Ranch in Clermont Fl in September this year. Keep an eye out for their wedding photo highlights on facebook here!
Ashton and Austin-
Ashton and Austin will be tieing the knot at Bridlewood Ranch in Clermont Fl in November of this year. Keep an eye out for their highlights after the wedding!
Stephanie and Josh with Chewie-
Stephanie and Josh will be tieing the knot at Bridlewood Ranch May of 2019. I don’t think Chewie will get to join them on their wedding day, but he did a great job at being a part of their engagement session! Mead is one of the few locations that happily accept dogs.