Elopement by the Sea

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These two lovely people made me rethink how special an elopement could be. Sarah and Ryan decided to rent a room at a hotel in New Smyrna Beach to have a romantic getaway and elope quietly on their own without all the stress of a big wedding.

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They didn’t leave their family and friends out of the loop though. Ryan was able to set up his phone to live stream the entire thing. I’ve never seen this done before and thought it was a great idea. They had people from all over watching them say their vows and commenting live.

When I arrived to meet the happy couple they were still getting ready. We talked puppies and about Discovery Channels “aliens” series that happened to be playing on TV. They weren’t worried about all of the traditions like not seeing each other getting dressed, but there were a few that they did keep and others they decided to create.

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Sarah was sure to keep a few family heirlooms on hand, like this bible and ribbons and some family jewelry. Sarah also had all of the flower arrangements made by her friend Lauren, owner of Hazel and Thorn who did an amazing job. Did you know those little brown petals in the photo above are pistachio shells??

Their ceremony was adorable, full of laughter and tears. Once they said “I Do” Ryan wasted no time in getting their first kiss as Mr. and Mrs.

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They took a short walk on the beach to talk and let everything sink in. After a bit of playing in the waves and shell collecting, we headed to the hotel to cool off.

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They weren’t aware I took this photo, but I couldn’t resist the sandy feet and thoughts running through their heads at this point. It’s sinking in, they are married!

After a little cooldown time in the pool house, we headed back to the room for a celebratory shot of whiskey and glass of champagne.

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Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Summey!

 

 

The Gibbins say “I do”

I don’t usually wait until the day of their wedding to meet my couples. However, that was the case with Devin and Shane. Lucky for us we all clicked right away. Shane was my main point of contact and did so well with helping me understand exactly what they wanted in their photography. One thing he was sure about was a “first look” session at Ormond Beach.

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Devin, Shane and I decided to start our photography journey together on the beach just over the Granada Bridge. We had Shane arrive early and wait for Devin and I at the top of the deck.

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It was a lot of fun watching Shane get excited knowing Devin was right behind him. She whispered to him and cuddled, even gave him a kiss before he got to look. As you can see he can hardly contain himself!

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We made this session quick as the wind was strong and it was getting hot. When it was finally time for Shane to see his bride we were not disappointed in his reaction.First Look Ormond Beach

This was only the beginning of our journey through their wedding day. Becuase of Hurricane Irma, there was no beach parking, so we had to park across the street. This made for an interesting experience walking back to the car. Everyone was so excited to see this couple walking down the street. Passers-by beeped their horns and yelled their congratulations as they drove by.

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After a short drive over the Granada Bridge, we arrived at their venue, the Anderson Price Memorial Building. I had some time with Devin while Shane helped get the venue ready, so we took the opportunity to get some beautiful photos of our beautiful bride.

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Devin and Shane decided to wear Vans on their big day. I thought this was a pretty cute idea, they even included their oldest daughter by getting her adorable flower vans.

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When Shane got finished up prepping the venue he joined us in the Bailey Riverbridge Garden next to the venue for a few more photos. It was the height of the afternoon so we played the harsh light to our advantage.

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After a few more fun photos with just the two of them, we had their two little girls join us for some family photos. These two were not easy to wrangle, but they were both adorable and hammed it up once you got them both in one spot.

This is when the day started rolling and there was no turning back. Next came the ceremony. Devin took a ride in Shane’s red Dodge Charger up to the aisle. It was pretty fun watching her and Shane figure out how to get all that dress in the passenger seat.

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After arriving in her big red chariot, Devin took her walk down the aisle with her oldest daughter as flower girl. Devin and Shane say their “I do’s” in front of the river just across from the venue.

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The fun doesn’t end here. We move inside to celebrate the newly weds with dancing, cake, and hilarious speeches.

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As the day wrapped up I was able to sneak them out to the front room of the venue. This room was such a pretty and unique room, accurate to the era the building was built, complete with creepy “eyes follow you” portrait hanging on the wall.

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When they decided it was time for their grand exit we sent everyone outside with their favors and bubbles. They had the Charger pulled to the front and it was time for the bubbles, clapping, and surprise dip!

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As they drove away we decided to leave the newlyweds one last gift. A group shot of their loved ones bidding them farewell.

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Clint, Heather, and Caden, an adorable family engagement.

Heather told me a story while we were shooting her engagement photos that I just have to mention. She told me about Caden, Clint’s six year old son, who knew before Heather and Clint that she would be a part of their lives. I couldn’t begin to share her story in a light that would even touch the sheer love that this family has grown from.

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Our original plan for this shoot was to shoot a sunset session at Liberty Park in Lake Mary. This is a special location for Clint and Heather. They spent many dates walking the park getting to know each other. Clint and Heather wanted to include Caden in their engagement session, I thought this was a wonderful idea. Unfortunately the day of the session Caden came down with a fever.

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You couldn’t tell here that this little man wasn’t feeling good. He was such a great trooper and insisted in sharing this time with his two favorite people.

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We only had about fifteen minutes of shooting before the weather turned and we were forced to call it quits. Even so, I think this family did a wonderful job showing off their love for one another.

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We decided to reschedule for a time with just Heather and Clint to allow for some more romantic options. They decided to finish their engagement session at their home where Clint proposed to Heather.

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Clint built this pergola by hand to propose to Heather under. He is quite the craftsman. We couldn’t have had a more perfect setting for another round of photos in a beautiful and deeply sentimental location.

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Clint and Heather share a cute quirk. They both sit on the opposite ends of the height scale. Heather came up with a cute idea to embrace their differences.

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This sweet family will be sharing their vows under the twinkling holiday lights at the Donnelley Building Pad & Deck in Mt Dora in the first week of 2018.

 

Nicole’s Sunset Engagement

Nicole and Dennon make the perfect couple if I’ve ever met one. We chose to do their engagement session down the road from Nicole’s home in Oviedo Fl.

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The Barr Street trailhead is a very popular hiking trail in the area, with gorgeous varying landscapes. It was the perfect location to get a wide range of beautiful photographs of this cute couple and their loveable pup Gracie.

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Nicole and Dennon met at work and hit it off right away. While in different departments, they found themselves mingling with the same group of friends and knew it was simply meant to be.

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Dennon did an amazing job proposing to Nicole. He involved her father, asking his permission and also assistance to make it a great moment. They planned a trip to the dog park with her entire family and spent the day playing in the water.

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Dennon popped the question there at the park with everyone but her father completely surprised. Of course, Nicole was beyond happy and very excited to announce the great news.

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They have planned a fall wedding for October of this year at the beautiful venue, Cross Creek Ranch in Dover Florida.

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