Florida Marsh Engagement

One awesome thing about Florida is the diversity of landscapes. If one is so inclined, they could find themselves deep among moss-covered oaks with branches seeming to span for miles. Besides the obvious deep blue beaches that surround us, we have lily pad carpeted marshes surrounded by cypress trees and winding mangrove mazes through hundreds of miles of flats. The challenge is to pull yourself away from the obvious locations and seek out these Florida secrets.

Courtney and Kyle did just that. They knew exactly what they wanted and I was more than happy to go along with the plan. Courtney found the Emerald Marsh Conservation Area then Kyle went to investigate and decide if it’ll fit what they were looking for. I think they couldn’t have picked a better location, it was perfect!

This was really a fun session! We started out down on a pier overlooking the marsh under an overcast sky that at first concerned us. As usual, I only gave a little direction as to what I wanted them to do and allowed them to work through the poses naturally by being themselves. This isn’t always the best approach, depending on the couple, but Courtney and Kyle did great. They spent most of the session laughing and being goofy which allowed for those great shots that say “we are in love and having fun”. There were a few moments of concern when we thought someone might be going swimming..

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A Barn Celebration

One amazing thing about wedding shows is that sometimes you can win some awesome prizes! That is exactly what happened for Amanda and Justin. They won four free hours of wedding coverage at the Red Barn in Bushnell. This worked out perfectly for Amanda since she had a family friend photographing her ceremony and only needed help documenting her reception.

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We started our coverage with the wedding party introductions, the official start to the party! These two were ready to celebrate.

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I always enjoy the first dance, their first chance to take a moment and look into each other’s eyes.

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Another favorite moment during the reception is listening to the fun and crazy stories during the toasts. Then it was time to dance, eat, and play games. You can always trust the kids to get the party started.

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Okay,  this one requires some explanation. I am so proud of Justin for pulling this during the garter dance. Not only a rubber chicken, but I think he found a pair of fuzzy handcuffs under there too! He had Amanda and the crowd hysterical with laughter.

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A grand exit is always a favorite opportunity of mine. I prefer using the natural light of the sparklers over using flash, creating this film style, ambient glow.

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Another great film styled shot is the ambient light of the hanging lights. This type of photo requires a bit of planning and coaching but is well worth the time. If you look closely you can see the stars overhead.

Venue: https://www.facebook.com/TheRedBarnatBushnellLLC/

DJ: Matt Gray

Wedding Under the Christmas Lights

This particular wedding was one I have been looking forward to for quite some time. I had the pleasure of meeting Clint, Heather, and Caden for their engagement session last year. You may remember the blog of their engagement session that included the most adorable little man, their son Caden.

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Heather and Clint decided to get married in one of the prettiest towns during one of the prettiest times of year for this town, Mt Dora’s Donnelly Park is extensively decorated in holiday lights for the season and offers a cute historic building for events perfect for an intimate wedding.

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Heather and Clint decided to do a “first look” before their ceremony so that they could enjoy their day together instead of hiding from one another. There is no way to substitute the reaction a man gets from seeing the love of his life in her wedding dress for the first time!

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As you can see, Heather was stunning in her blush and beaded princess gown. This dress couldn’t have been more fitting for her, it was as if someone took a look at her soul and made this dress as a result.

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DSC_0727bTheir ceremony was short and sweet. It was brought inside last minute due to the extreme cold, which we Floridians almost never see. Even with the short notice, family and friends were able to make all the necessary adjustments for Heather to walk down the aisle in a cozy 70degree room. They included Caden in the ceremony, he got to ring a bell, also joining hands together as a family instead of just a couple.

 

After the ceremony, we took to the street to capture the happy newlyweds under the amazing Christmas lights. One of my favorite activities is to bring my newlyweds out in the world all dressed up so that they can see the excitement from complete strangers. Beeping, yelling, high fives.. just so much fun.

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After all of the fun outside we headed back to the party to celebrate their family and eat cake. After I got home from this wedding I quickly added some of my favorite shots of the night to Facebook for Clint and Heather to share with friends.

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Head over to WeddingWire to see what Heather and other brides and grooms have said about their experience with DR Photography LLC.

 

The “Tiny” Backyard Wedding

Sophie has been a friend of mine for quite some time. I love being asked to photograph friends and loved one’s weddings. So when she asked if I would photograph her small wedding, I gladly accepted. Well, Sophie and I share a different understanding of the words “tiny” and “small”! wedding day, bridesmaids, laughing girls

24, that’s right twenty-four bridesmaids and groomsmen. Nearly double my largest wedding party. I loved it! So much fun and chaos filled this day. Just look at this party!

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The day started like most.. 12 women piled into a house all doing their hair and makeup at one time! 0_0 Hairdryers, makeup powder, and hairspray everywhere!

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Sophie did a great job coordinating such a large group, her colors and “everyone just a little different” style really looked great! Sophie and John had their wedding on family land in Ocala, put together and organized with their family and friends.

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I loved how “backyard” this wedding was, yet it was so chic. I couldn’t describe her theme any better than “mismatched”. Everything was a little different, from the rugs that ran the aisle to the dinnerware and even food (italian, bbq, southern). I say mismatched, but it all went together perfectly!

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Sophie and John decided they wanted to do a first look under the same tree they would do their ceremony. We put John under the tree and had him wait for his future bride. They passed each other handwritten love notes.

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The ceremony was beautiful! John swept his bride off her feet!

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After the ceremony, we hurried over to the other side of the yard to take some photos of them and the family. No small task by any means!

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The reception kicked off and everyone was quick to jump on the dance floor and enjoy the night. John and Ally shared a wonderful dance together and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place!

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This entire wedding was amazing! Sophie, John and their families did a wonderful job from start to finish with this celebration. To see more photos from this awesome wedding visit weddingwire.

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A Wilde Wedding

I met Kim at the Bridlewood Ranch grand opening this past summer and she entered my raffle to win a few free hours of wedding coverage. She won! I was excited that she was my lucky winner, after talking about her big day I knew we were going to have a blast!

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I joined Kim and her family as she was getting ready in Bridlewood’s suite. I was blown away at Kim’s dress. It was gorgeous and perfectly fit her style.

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Her bridal suite was pretty full of people, all of the special women in Kim’s life. They were all celebrating with mimosas and stories.

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Once Kim was ready we headed down to the ceremony site to surprise her son with a first look. As you can see from the photo above, he was quite surprised at the site of his beautiful mother.

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We did a first look with her dad also. He is a true gentleman and great dancer! He was moved to tears seeing his daughter in her gown. These are the moments that I’m trying to suck it up and not cry on my camera!

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Kim and Mike’s ceremony was truly special.

They are blending two families and put a lot

of thought into how they could make sure to

involve their kids to make this special for

them as well. Mike asked for Kim’s hand on

the love lock bridge. They carried that theme

through their engagement and marriage by

including a lock ceremony where each of

their children attached a lock to a frame.

They also had their guests attach locks to a

different part of the frame.

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When Kim and I spoke about her timeline I was a little concerned with how late the ceremony was going to take place. She wanted the sunset but I was worried it was going to get too dark too fast, but Kim knew it would turn out great. She was so right. Her ceremony had a special glow to it that made the entire thing magical.

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After a few quick photos, Kim and Mike joined their guests for cocktail hour. I always love watching the bride and groom get rushed once they come back from their photo sessions. Kim’s friends made for an especially humorous introduction.

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As the guests trickled into the reception they each signed their locks and placed it on the frame next to the cake. The reception took place in the Bridlewood barn. It’s a huge barn with plenty of room for dancing and is beautifully lit.

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The reception was full of toasts, dancing, and just one cake face. Kim tried to be nice, but Mike made sure to deliver for the guests and Kim got caked! I’m sure you can tell by the look on Mike’s face, but I think he enjoyed squishing cake in his new wife’s face more than he claimed!

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Kim called me a few days before her wedding to let me in on a surprise for Mike. I was pretty excited to hear that she had acquired fireworks for a grand finale. So after the reception, we all walked down to the water for what Mike thought was going to be the sparkler photos. I guess you could say they sparkled!

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We did also do a sparkler exit.. It is always a bit of a nerve-wracking moment when you hand thirty or so guests fire sticks and tell them to hold them over your head! They all had a blast and did wonderfully though. I’m happy to announce that we all made it out safely. TEP_3020

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Wilde and family! This was definitely one for the books.

Thank you to all of their wonderful vendors for making the Wilde’s day so special.

Day of Coordinator Alyssa Cannizzo of Cannizzo Events

Floral Designer Denise Parris-Salmon of Southern Style Floral Designs 

 

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