Under the Oaks


Venue: October Oaks Farms

Mission Inn Sunset Ceremony

Angelene and Raymond chose the beautiful Mission Inn to share their long-awaited vows. Getting ready was a time full of happy emotions, Angelene and Raymon have been together for nearly a decade and it was finally time to put it in writing.


Mission Inn is such a beautiful venue with vast scenery that allows for a wide range of differently styled weddings. Angelene and Raymond had a very romantic courtyard ceremony as the sun was beginning to set.


Their reception was full of loved ones with happy memories. Most of their guests came from out of state to join them on this big day. They had a live band sing and play at the reception which is always a blast. DSC_7344DSC_7483


Venue: Mission Inn Resort


Ocala Backyard Wedding

I met Desire and Gina for the first time at a Panera Bread with the intentions of chatting for about thirty minutes to discuss wedding packages and then going on our way. That was not how the meeting unfolded, we were there for a couple of hours! We had so much fun just chatting like old friends about all sorts of subjects. We all knew then, that this was the perfect fit.


Desire had to fight to get me to agree to meet even. Before we had a chance to meet I had another couple swoop in and book their date. Desire knew though, that we needed to give each other a chance. After much discussion, my other couple was happy to allow my associate to join their event while I attended Desire and Gina’s meeting. It really was one of those stars aligning moments!


I loved running back and forth between these two beautiful ladies’ rooms while they were getting ready. Everything about this wedding was handmade, designed, and family oriented.


We decided to do a first look with each of their mothers. Tissues in hand we tried to prepare for the emotional outpouring of love that was about to unfold. Everyone was crying, I was crying, they were crying, onlookers who didn’t know what they were walking into were crying!


It was a perfect day for this beautiful backyard wedding. Overcast, breezy and the perfect temperature! check out the cloud filled blue skies!


The look on Gina’s face as she saw her amazing bride walking down the aisle said it all. These two were so ready to be married, they were both so excited and fearless.


The ceremony was amazing, they read each other their handwritten vows, were bound by the things they love, and then jumped the broom. The broom was lovingly handmade by a close friend.



After some portraits and fun. We headed to the reception under a big beautiful white tent in the front yard. Dancing, eating, and sparklers to follow, this was a fun night.


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..


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!


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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