Bok Towers || Lake Wales, FL

Bride & Groom: Rachel & Shawn
Ceremony/ReceptionBok Towers
Florist: Cindy’s Floral
CoordinatorRita Horton for Bok Towers
Cake ArtistPublix
DJ/LightingRicardo Bazan
Make Up ArtistLeilani Cooper
DressDavid’s Bridal – Gallina Signature
Groom/GroomsmenMen’s Wearhouse
Photo Booth: Flipbook Creations
CatererTerrie Lobb Catering

I’ve been so excited to post this particular Wedding! I’m automatically biased when it comes my friends getting married and having me capture their day for them. Although, it’s never more “relaxed” for me to cover a friends wedding as compared to a typical day. I photograph each and every day with the same goals & mindset regardless of how I know the couple beforehand. The only difference is that there’s a little bit of extra trust they have in you because they’ve watched your business grow from the bottom up and have been cheerleaders through it all. Rachel & Shawn have been no different.

I was introduced to Rachel when she had been dating Shawn for a little while by that point. I remember being at her 29th Birthday party and Rachel mentioning wanting to have a baby and get married. A year or so later I was photographing Rachel, Shawn, Shawn’s son, and Rachel’s baby bump in Celebration, FL. 🙂 Addy’s newborn photos soon followed along with their family and engagement session too. Then the Wedding all of us had been waiting so long for had finally arrived…and it was well worth the wait!

In February, Rachel & Shawn exchanged vows beneath the bell tower surrounded by their friends and family at Bok Towers Gardens. I had never photographed this location previously but I had heard so much about it up to this point that I was so pleased to be capturing photos there for the first time because of Rachel & Shawn’s Wedding Day. This was probably one of my most favorite days I’ve photographed this year and for obvious reasons. (Luv you guys immensely! xx)

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Reunion Grand Resort || Orlando, FL

Bride & Groom: Cynthia & Nicolus
Ceremony/Reception: Reunion Grand Resort
Florist: Lee Forrest
Coordinator: Michele Butler
Cake Artist: Party Flavors
DJ/Lighting: Orlando DJ and Lighting
Make Up Artist: Stephanie Felix
Bridesmaid DressesDavid’s Bridal
Videography: Cinemedia Wedding Stories
Harpist: HarpStrings Inc.
Menswear: Weddington Way
Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies (Glynn)
Decor: Over The Top Linens
PaperieSmitten on Paper
RentalsOrlando Wedding & Party Rentals

Eeek! It’s worrying how good I am at putting of blogging consistently. One day, one day! :/ Anyway, I think we’re about due for a Wedding post and today I have Cynthia & Nic’s very lovely day held at Reunion Grand Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. Personally, I love a resort Wedding because I don’t think any other tourist city has the diversity that Orlando does when it comes to hotels and resorts. Cynthia & Nic happened to pick one of my favorite Central Florida resorts for their intimate Wedding day. I love Reunion because it’s very symmetrical and features gorgeous landscaping in their courtyard. I’m a fan of their rooftopp reception space at restaurant Eleven too and the decor this sweet couple picked made me love it even more.

On a side-note, if you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll notice the photo display format has changed thanks to Blogstomp. I had been going back and forth about using it and then just decided to take the plunge to make images easer to pin to Pinterest boards and whatnot. Anybody can use this program too which is always good! I’m still working out the kinks and molding it into my workflow as streamlined as possible but so far I’m pretty happy with it. With that, you can look forward to viewing my blog images in layouts that are much easier on the eye from now on! And what a great example I have today! 😉

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Leu Gardens || Winter Park, FL

Couple: Iga & Stephen

Here are a few images from Iga & Stephen’s Leu Gardens engagement session that I love. Leu Gardens is stunning for a great many and obvious reasons. The only down side is that they do close at different times according to the season. With this being said, lot of the time an engagement session here can only be accomplished for the last hour before closing time if you want to avoid the midday heat. For this reason, I always encourage couples to add an additional location close-by.

I had Iga & Stephen finish the second half of their session along New England Ave. because it’s one of my favorite places and I knew it was going to pretty quite down there around the time we planned.

These two photographed SO sweetly together. Their relaxed nature and fun personalities shone throughout the images which was a real joy to capture that afternoon.

I promised last post for personal tidbits in future blogging entries to give readers an idea of my path to where I am today. So, I’ll go a ways back and share my first taste of “photojournalism”. When I was a 17 year old in High School I entered a Visual Storytelling course for the Orlando Sentinel’s Young journalist workshop they had years ago. I also entered an article I had been working on for weeks into their main event competition. The article I had worked long and hard on never placed anywhere but my photo I submitted on a whim won first place. The photo ended up being featured in the newspaper and I remember just being ecstatic about and really feeling like this might something I delved into one day. A lot more happened between then & now and my choices for life were a lot less clear back then but that moment started the trajectory towards where I am now. But more on that next time! 🙂

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  1. I says:

    These came out so wonderfully! Thank you, Lora 🙂

Langford Park || Orlando, FL

Couple: Amanda & Lance

Amanda & Lance had a gorgeous Wedding earlier this year at The Acre which I’m super excited to share in a few weeks! Until then, this is their adorable engagement session which we captured in Langford Park close to the  Downtown Orlando area. I hadn’t photographed this area in a very long time so I was super exciting to visit again and capture some really sweet images.

This adorable couple photographed so beautifully together. Lance knows exactly how to get Amanda laughing and Amanda is a pro when it comes to the “smize” or to simply put it – “smiling with your eyes”. 🙂 They gave such a range of expression during the session that it made them a dream to work with in this stunning location.

We started the session across the road from the main Langford Park hall and utilized the stunning landscaping of florals, tunnels, and bridges. After an outfit change, we headed over to the main park area where we able to play with the large wood bridge, the lush wooded spaces, and the field areas about the park as the sun started to set.

I’ve been recently looking back on past engagement sessions I photographed when I first started out. The difference from then until now has been really interesting. I think about the things I used to do during sessions good & bad as well the equipment I used to use and it’s crazy to think of the place I started. There are definitely times when I lose sight of that and occasionally I need reminders of where I used to be. So, what I’ve thought is that over the next few blogs, I’ll have a little tidbit on how this all started. It’ll be fun for me (maybe even therapeutic. lol!) and hopefully relatively informative for anyone else reading. But until then, Enjoy the gorgeousness of Amanda & Lance’s engagement session! 🙂

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Kraft Azalea Garden || Winter Park, FL

Couple: Asha & Josh

Today, I have another sweet-as-can-be engagement session on the blog featuring miss Asha & her Josh frolicking around the gorgeousness that makes up some of Winter Park, Florida. This sweet couple tied the knot this past April. I can’t wait to share some highlights from their gorgeous day but until then, feast your eyes upon their Kraft Azalea and Rollins college engagement session.

I did mention before that there will be A LOT of blog posts featuring this area and for that reason I might be taking a huge break from photos there. lol! It’s gorgeous but there’s SO many other places in Florida that offer just as much and plus I’m really feeling the itch to explore our City Beautiful in greater depth and scout some new locations! Updates on that soon. 🙂

But anyway, Asha was a bridesmaids at a Wedding a photographed a few years ago and the sweet Bride passed my information along to Asha which is always the best form of advertisement! 😉 Asha and I met once she became engaged to discuss all things Wedding & catch up. Soon enough we were meeting in Kraft Azalea capturing a stunning session with her fiancé, Josh. We spent about an hour capturing all the best areas around the garden while the two of them joked and played sweetly together for the camera. After an outfit change, we headed over to Rollin’s College as the sun started to set and we ventured about the campus while I captured lovely moments between Asha & Josh among all the yummy light this February afternoon had to offer.

I am thrilled with how relaxed these two photographed together and it makes me so excited to be featuring their highlight wedding images very soon. It was one for the books! 🙂

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Cabana Bay Universal Resort || Orlando FL

Couple: Cynthia & Nic

I think it’s about time for a few highlights from an Engagement session I photographed of the lovely Cynthia & her Nic. I actually photographed their Wedding at the beginning of the year but it feels just like yesterday. I shall certainly be blogging about that glorious day very soon. There’s so many things I adored about this sweet session I captured in Universal’s Cabana Bay Resort. One of the main constants was how comfortably and playful these Cynthia & Nic photograph together. They decided upon this location as a perfect setting for their session as it resembled retro 50’s and 60’s themes that they wanted to incorporate into their engagement images. I had never photographed this resort before but ended up being the perfect setting for what Cynthia & Nic were aiming for.

I had been making it a point to bring out the 35mm much more during engagement sessions around this time so it was fun to capture this session with a different perspective than normal. I shall reiterate and say that personally this lens shows it’s best potential through candid/emotive images as opposed to “posed” portrait-styled images. I can’t say it’s my favorite lens although in certain situations it ticks all the boxes. For everything else, it’s a very close second.

Anyway, this gorgeous session started around the main grounds of Cabana Bay out by the pool area. After a small stroll about the outside area, we ventured inside the lobby area of the resort and found so many fun & colorful backgrounds to play with! The aim is always to capture couples naturally & sweetly. Cynthia & Nic brought that to me in spades! I could clearly see they were so excited about their fast approaching Wedding Day and I think that shows throughout their engagement images. They were a pure delight to photograph on this gorgeous Florida afternoon, I just knew great things would be in store once their special day rolled around!

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Rosen Plaza || Orlando, FL

Bride & Groom: Amber & Rajiv
Ceremony/Reception: Rosen Plaza
VideographyMake You Marq

I loved everything Amber and Rajiv’s Wedding day brought to the table on this blissful January day. I knew immediately upon meeting this sweet couple that their Wedding day was going to be gorgeous with a touches of their great style and personalities around every corner. Some of the details that stood out greatly for me throughout the day were Amber’s gorgeously detailed dress. There’s just something about lace that photographs so beautifully. Something else that I adored were the bridesmaid dresses which were light in color and flowy. Rajiv and his men spiffed up nicely while they wore matching suits complimenting the Wedding day hues. Amber & Rajiv exchanged vows and rings inside the ballroom of Rosen Plaza with the ceremony being led by close family members. This location was a first for me and I so enjoyed capturing their Wedding there. Amber & Rajiv had opted for a First Look as their Ceremony wouldn’t be until the early evening once the sun had partially gone down. Because of this, we were able to capture so gorgeous moments of the two of them and then with their family and bridal party. After the Ceremony, we were able to get to one of the large hotel balconies and capture a few images with the newly weds & bridal party. It was basically nighttime at this point but all available light sources were used to capture images I’m really pleased with. It was then onto a celebratory reception so that the happy couple could dance the night away among family and friends. Amber & Rajiv’s Wedding day was so filled with so much Love, laughter and fun. It was the perfect recipe for a perfect day and I loved that I was there to capture it all.

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Rollins College || Winter Park, FL

Couple: Shaina & Michael

It appears as though it’ve been posting quite a few Winter Park engagement sessions on the blog lately so I figure best to keep that streak going! 😉 Today, I’ve selected some of the highlight images and a bunch of personal selections from Shaina & Michael’s session. We started the afternoon off with a few captures along my favorite Winter Park road and then of course completing the session at Rollins college.

One of the great things I enjoy at Rollins college is the amount of areas there are to photograph around. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve captured the school, I always manage to find new areas I want to document. Finding a way to look at Rollins differently from the last time is always a goal of mine too. But we did actually stumble upon quite a bit gorgeous weather & lighting all throughout the afternoon. Overcast weather is my fave when taking pictures in Florida and this day was no different!

I SO enjoyed photographing this session for Shaina & Michael. They are the sweetest, most down-to-earth couple and they are a complete joy to capture. They were effortlessly able to make each other laugh in front of the camera which is just a dream to photograph. They were also very trusting of the photographic vision I had for their images. I also love that Shaina and Michael picked a location that was sentimental to the two of them and their relationship because I feel it gave their pictures that little extra uniqueness.

Overall, I’m really pleased we had this opportunity to get to know one another better and talk all things Wedding related. Their day will be one of a few Weddings in January to kick off 2017 and simply can’t wait to capture what I know is going to be a stunning event!

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  1. Mom says:

    You two😍😍
    So beautiful together!

  2. ellen dreznin says:

    Beautiful couple I wish the both of you happiness together always

Lake Mary Events Center || Lake Mary, FL

Bride & Groom: Jessica & John
Ceremony/Reception: Lake Mark Events Center
Getting Ready Location: Homewood Suite by Hilton Lake Mary 

Jessica & John’s day was THE Wedding to kick off 2016! I have a ton of personal highlights from their beautiful day and I’m excited to share a handful of them here. Everything about Jessica & John’s day was effortlessly gorgeous. Jessica looked absolutely stunning in her three-quarter illusion sleeved ballgown surrounded by her ladies dressed all in grey and carrying baby’s breath. This sweet couple opted for a First Look as their Ceremony at the wonderful Lake Mary Events Center wasn’t set to start until the early evening of this past January. Since they decided to see each other before the wedding, it allowed us to utilize the gorgeous Winter sunset Florida had been offering all through Winter. We were also able to venture around their Wedding venue for all the best photo opportunities there and get all the family portraits completed pre-ceremony. With that being said, this was actually one of the coldest days we had experienced this past January and I was only moderately prepared for just how cold it was going to be throughout the day. What accentuated that more was the strong cold breeze we were having after the ceremony! Even so, Jessica & John were troopers the entire day and it gave us an opportunity to capture some really sweet moments and warm cuddles together. I loved Jessica’s hair and tiara details she paired with her dress. She went super glitzy with her shoes while nodding to her Wedding colors which reminded me of how pleased I am that the sparkly and non-white wedding shoes are still a trend in the Wedding world! Jessica, John, their friends and family were so sweet and welcoming throughout the day. I enjoyed every moment of photographing this perfectly beautiful day for them.

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Siesta Key Beach || Siesta Key, FL

Couple: Brittany & Ryan

I’d best start with Happy September! I’m so excited about this month. It’s the second round of Florida Wedding season and I’m ready to kick the month off right. 🙂 I’m thinking about starting the new month with a bit more of structure and keeping things up to speed on the blog but we’ll see how it all goes. Positive thinking!

Here are some highlight images from Brittany and Ryan’s Siesta Key engagement session by the beach. These two are so super sweet together and incredibly laid back. They also have the cutest son ever. They brought him along for a few family images as well as images of just Brittany & Ryan. Aiden quickly became my little assistant giving his mom and dad pointers on how to pose and when to look at the camera which was hilarious and impossibly cute! 🙂  We started off their session walking along the sand towards the residential condos next where all the shade was hiding. We stumbled upon a turtle which was pretty cool as I don’t think I had seen one up close before. We then moved the session over to a small wooded boardwalk which had stairs that lead onto the beach. This area contained lots of large rocks to pose this sweet family against with the Floridan staple palm trees blowing in breeze in the background of their images. Once the sun had set a little, Brittany & Ryan had an outfit change and we finished the second half of their session along the shoreline. They later got married at Lake Lucerne in Downtown Orlando which turned out to be a stunning day. I can’t wait to share those images here. But until then, feast you eyes upon this stunning beach themed engagement session of two lovely people and their adorable little boy.

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