Heathrow Country Club || Lake Mary, FL

Bride & Groom: Sarah & Jacob
Ceremony/ReceptionHeathrow Country Club
FloristCloud 9 Wedding Flowers
Cake ArtistParty Flavors Custom Cakes
Hair/MakeupKarmel Design Team
Dress DesignerMaggie Sottero at Minerva’s Bridal
Grooms WearKnot Standard

I’m really excited to share these images. It’s stunning and these two are just the sweetest! This October Wedding day started at Sarah’s family which is conveniently located minutes away from Heathrow Country Club. Sarah got ready with her lovely sisters, mum and dog, Midas. :) I’m a little bit obsessed when it comes to dogs so it always makes me extra happy when there’s a pup hovering around the room during the getting ready process. :) I later met up with Jacob at the country club to capture the finishing touches of him getting ready. I pretty sure this was my first time photographing this particular location and I must say it is quite lovely. Golf is not my thing at all but Heathrow has definitely pulled out all the stops when it comes to throwing a wedding there. It’s definitely not you’re average country club by a long shot. The outside staircase to the back of the building is classically gorgeous and I was very impressed with the grounds surrounding the venue. Across the street is where Sarah & Jacob had their first look and I’m actually really pleased with how those images turned out. Fall is one of my favorite seasons to shoot in and this particular Autumn day did not disappoint at all. Because Sarah & Jacob opted for a First Look, I had two amazing opportunities to photograph them in some gorgeous early afternoon lighting and then closer to sunset after the Ceremony. They were incredibly excited, relaxed, and happy all throughout the day and I was able to capture some genuine moments of it all. I enjoyed documenting this day immensely! :)

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The Ballroom at Church Street || Orlando, FL

Bride & Groom: Veronica & Halston
Ceremony/Reception: The Ballroom at Church Street 
Florist: Raining Roses Productions, INC
Cake Artist: Party Flavors Custom Cakes
Hair & Make-up Artist: Kristy’s Artistry Design Team
DJ/Music: Jeff at White Rose Entertainment
Dress Designer: Martina Liana at The Collection Bridal
Bridesmaid DressesThe Collection Bridal
Mens Wear: Jos. A. Bank

Here’s another amazing wedding that I feel like I just photographed yesterday! You may remember Veronica & Halston’s Kraft Azalea engagement session blogged here not too long ago. That session was actually my first time ever meeting these two lovely people and it didn’t take long to realize even then that this wedding was going to not only going to be fun but totally gorgeous! As mentioned in previous blogs, I definitely feel I photograph my best work when I shoot Weddings alone. With that being said, I capture everything I need to get mainly with timing planned well. This time management is planned out about 4-6 weeks before the Wedding day. For Veronica & Halston’s day, a First Look was planned but they opted to get ready in separate locations which I think is a great build up before they officially see each other. I photographed Halston getting ready process with all his brothers and friends at his parents home at the start of the day. We then captured a handful of pre-ceremony portraits in the backyard and then I headed a few minutes down the road to capture Veronica getting ready with her mom and bridesmaids inside Veronica & Halston’s first home together. When picking a getting ready location, keep window light and space in mind. Some of these getting ready images were some of my faves largely because there was so much yummy lighting spilling into their stunning new home. It makes the hugest difference in your images! That and the amazing energy of all these sweet ladies in one room were a much added bonus too! All in all, Veronica & Halston’s first day as Husband & Wife was a dream event to be able to document and I’m honored to have been there to capture it all! :)

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Kraft Azalea || Winter Park, FL

Couple – Kristen & Cody

Happy Monday!! Today, we have the lovely engagement of Kristen & Cody whose session I photographed around Kraft Azalea Garden. Kraft Azalea is great. I do feel like I’m there just about every other week for engagement sessions which is fine by me. I think revisiting the same spot encourages a photographer to look at the area in a different way and then photograph it as such. Depending on the season it always looks a little different anyway. The beauty of nature I guess. I think it’s still quite the hidden gem for people. I mean half of my friends have never even heard of it so I definitely understand the appeal. After Kraft Azalea, Kristen & Cody had a quick outfit change and then we headed over to Casa Feliz. It’s always a little bit hit or miss with that venue as an opportunity for photographs as they usually have some sort of event or Wedding going but I typically play engagement sessions a little bit by ear and sort of roll with whatever we have laid out in front of us. Luckily, it was quiet enough to get a handful of images there and then we ventured along Park Avenue a tiny bit. There’s quite a retro looking little apartment complex next to Casa Feliz so we took some of the session there as well as to that really pretty fountain across the street too. These two actually got married pretty recently at Dubsdread ballroom which I’m pretty excited to post about. But more on that another time! :) This session was such a blast. Kristen & Cody are probably one of the most chilled and laid back couples I’ve had the chance to photograph so far. I so can’t wait to share all the fun from their wedding day!

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Mennello Museum || Orlando, FL

Couple – Nikki & Rob

Getting back into the blogging groove is no easy feat but I’m making it part of my daily challenge and I’m on Day three as it stands. Quite frankly, I think it’s all going rather well. No sarcasm here! :P I mean don’t get me wrong, I love sharing the images and the session experience but the writing part is not my forte at all. However, I do have a sneaking suspicion that it is doing me good in a soul-bearing sort of way to a small degree. I’m slowly trying to find my voice and what style I want to communicate with. I’m ready and willing to put that work in and see what pops out at the end! Hopefully there’s champagne, a happy place full of puppies, and a really nice Marc Jacobs bag or something, but who knows? ha! Anyway, on with the show & tell…today we have Nikki & Rob’s Mennello Museum engagement session. We didn’t actually photograph go inside the building but we did venture mainly around the surrounding areas. The building conveniently has one of those large oak trees whose branches have become so heavy with the weight of the world that a lot of them rest on the actual ground! Apparently I’m not going to be a tree expert anytime soon. I’m not even sure if it is an actual oak tree and it’s still questionable to me as to why those branches hang so dang low to ground anyway. But either way they make for great photographs so that is where we started. :) After an outfit change, I suggested we take the remainder of the session to the top of a nearby parking lot because I have this really odd thing about deserted looking areas for parking cars. Mainly ones you can get to the top of. They just have an aesthetically pleasing feel about them that I find photogenic, especially when paired with a couple as sweet and as in love as these fine people.

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The Ballroom at Church Street || Orlando, FL

Bride & Groom: Stacy & Nelson
CeremonyFaith Assembly
ReceptionThe Ballroom at Church Street
Coordinator: Milly Callablo
Cake ArtistFancy Smanzy Cakes
DJ/MusicJuan Guerrero
Samba Dancers: Phoebe’s Samba Team
Dress DesignerDavid Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Macy’s
Chair VendorLongwood Events
Mens WearMen’s Warehouse

Here’s another entry I’m pretty excited about! This is Stacy & Nelson’s stunning Wedding Day. As you may recall from the previous Wedding post, I mentioned a couple of days later I ended up back at Faith Assembly on Curry Ford in Orlando again. This time it was a much larger affair. Stacy and her girls got ready in the bridal suite next to Stephens Chapel which although is lacking window light, definitely isn’t lacking in loveliness with all it’s Bride appropriate decor and decoration.Stacy & Nelson went for a Hollywood/Great Gatsby styled Wedding which was plain to see throughout their reception site at The Ballroom at Church Street in Downtown Orlando…another personal fave of mine.
When a couple opts to have a church Ceremony and a separate location for their reception, I am often asked where might be the best place to photograph post ceremony images. As mentioned in previous blogs, I do photograph as much family and bridal party images before the Ceremony. This is even if the Bride & Groom decide not to go with a First Look. I just photograph everything I can separately beforehand. So, the images post ceremony that include the Bride & Groom together, I almost alway suggest that family images be photographed at the church grounds and that the bridal party and Bride & Groom “official married” images be photographed at the reception site. This is mainly so that there are less people to corral and manage once everyone arrives at the reception. Plus, I think the family members typically appreciate getting to hit the cocktail hour before the Bridal Party too! :P

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Faith Assembly Church || Orlando, FL

Bride & Groom: Idalia & Juan
CeremonyFaith Assembly
Dress DesignerDavid’s Bridal
Bridesmaid DressDavid’s Bridal

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged which is not for lack of trying seeing as last time I was here, I appeared to be so close to being all caught up! Definitely not the case anymore. lol! So here goes…feast your eyes upon a very small affair I captured almost a year ago now. This particular event fell into my hands because of my beautiful friends, Ailyn & Sabir (Hey loves! :* ) who referred me to their sweet friends, Idalia & Juan. They wed on a gloriously rainy August day surrounded by their closest friends and family. Oddly enough, I ended up capturing a much larger Wedding at Faith Assembly of God in Orlando just a couple of days later but more about that on the next blog entry! ;)

I adore smaller affairs and massive Weddings equally. As far as my approach, the bigger events keep me on my toes and ready for anything at any given moment while the more intimate nuptials remind to look for the little stories happening around the common attractions. I can wait for certain moments for a bit longer and try things I can later apply to my more structured Wedding Days. For that reason, I always take advantage of those opportunities as much I can. Pushing yourself & learning more builds you to be a better photographer as anyone will agree about most professions. One of the things I loved most about this particular day was not only the sweet deposition of Idalia & Juan but their willingness to try the ideas I had in mind while taking the dodgy weather in their stride. It set a very relaxed and warm tone to their day and I think that shone throughout their images too.

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Kraft Azalea Garden || Winter Park, FL

Couple: Veronica & Halston

I’m roughly about two blogs away from being completely up-to-date which is a massive feat at this moment in time. I’ve been wanting to develop a better blogging voice for couple of years now but somehow feeling fenced by how completely behind I was with current and present posts. I’m a little more optimistic that this teeny bit of freedom will allow some small changes over the coming weeks and I’m excited to see what unfolds for The Blog. But until then, I have a very lovely engagement session captured for Veronica & Halston who possess a quirky and fun bond between the two of them which radiated throughout their entire session. This weather the last few weeks has been been torture around the later afternoon, of course the time at which all sessions tend to start, so we wound up with an early morning kick off. I must say that although the humidity remains (it’s still Florida!), the light is just fabulous. I will certainly be making note to shoot more often in the early morning. Of course in July/August, it means a start time of about 6:45am-7am to catch that stunning sunrise but Veronica & Halston were complete troopers and I think we ended up with some stellar results overall. We stared off the session at Kraft Azalea Park in Winter Garden with a little picnic set-up Veronica had brought and the two of them popped a little celebratory champagne, because what else is an excited future Bride and Groom to do on a very early Sunday morning!? (Mimosas anyone? ;) ) And after a venture and frolicking about the park, we proceeded to Rollin’s College for a location switch-up and outfit change. I’ve been playing with the Canon 85mm 1.8 for a little while now and I do quite love it. At some point I’ll give a proper review but I did make a point to add it to my regular lens rotation during this particular session. Absolutely can’t wait to to photograph Veronica & Halston’s Wedding in a couple of months! I can tell it’s going to be a a good one. ;)

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Incarnation Catholic Church || Tampa, FL

I don’t always photograph huge traditional Weddings. Occasionally, I get the opportunity to photograph the small understated days too. I capture both in exactly the same way as much as humanly possibly. The luxury of the more intimate nuptials are that the time constraints are either non-exsistant or not just felt as dramatically as the “typical” day. This allows one to breath a bit clearer and see even more than what’s in front of you which is great exercise and reminder for future events. Christine and Greg’s day in particular reminded me of a lot things that I’m aware of automatically and of things I should do at every Wedding I encounter. It’s so easy to get lost in moments and let the small stories sounding that moment get engulfed by the magic of it all. But this day made me take more of a step back, exercise the things I already know, and push myself to try different things. This gorgeous day started off in Tampa, FL at Whole Aveda salon with Christine, her family, and bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done. It was the first time I had ever met Christine as we had communicated only via email by that point. She was as friendly and warm as I expected she would be and more, I just knew it was going to be a lovely day to capture some great moments. Later, Christine & Greg exchanged vows and rings during their beautiful ceremony at Incarnation Catholic Church and they proceeded to take their first steps down the aisle as husband and wife. A small reception was held for the happy couple upon the roof of Tampa Westin overlooking the water. Photos were concluded before the reception which I hear was a lovely evening overall. I enjoyed capturing this day for Christine and Greg immensely. I can’t wait to be back in Tampa for a Wedding again in the near future!

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Paradise Cove || Orlando, FL

Bride & GroomJami & Chad
Ceremony/ReceptionParadise Cove
Florist: Flowers by Lesley
Cake Artist: Magic Occasions
Hair & Make-up Artist: Jillian Caro & Valeria Angelino
DJ/Music: DJ Chuck Johnson
Dress Designer: Allure Bridal from Simply Modern Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Newfangled Bride
Mens Wear: Jos. A. Bank

Jami & Chad wed in one of my favorite venues to photograph, Paradise Cove. They planned their day from Virginia so initially we had Skyped in order to officially meet and discuss their Wedding Day further. Then July of last year, we photographed their stunning engagement session around downtown Orlando and in a little under a year they were back in Orlando again but this time to finally exchange vows to one another surrounded by friends and family. A first look was opted for as a sunset ceremony time was selected. We’d had quite a bit of rain over the days leading up to the Wedding but as luck would have, it stayed beautiful all day long. Hot? Yes. But completely stunning throughout. So, after a sweet session capturing Jami & Chad enjoying the excitement of seeing each other before the Ceremony, we followed up with photographing family and bridal party images. Chad and his groomsmen looked all dapper and pressed in their light grey suits & purple ties while Jami and her girls completely stole the show in their magenta floor-length gowns and striking good looks. All types of fierce and fun made up this awesome bridal party. Chad even chose his sweet dad to be his best man! After Jami and Chad committed themselves to one another beneath wind-swept Spanish moss, the Florida sunset, and tiki torches, officially married images were captured of them venturing about the property along the waterfront until it was time for them to join their friends and family for the reception party. The entire day was a dream to photograph and Jami & Chad were one of the sweetest couples I’ve been able to capture this year. The love and connection they have between one another is blatant and a joy to be able to document.

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An At-Home Engagement Session || Downtown Orlando, FL

Couple: Allison & Shamir

Here are some of my favorite images from Allison and Shamir’s home engagement session. Now, I always try to encourage couples to pick a location for their engagement session that means something to them. This could be where they had a first date, where they became engaged, or just anywhere that possess’ qualities that make their relationship unique. I love when couples have ideas for their session that are a little outside the box. Allison & Shamir were no exception here. We through around the idea of photographing the both of them in front of their first home together which is very much out of the ordinary and completely sentimental….two things I love to have included into an engagement session! Allison and Shamir also have some gorgeous natural light pouring into certain areas of their home so it made for some really lovely images of the two of them. I thought it also might tell a sweet story to incorporate some celebratory champagne for them both to enjoy as they basked in the loveliness of being engaged and the excitement of their approaching Wedding day. Another idea I like to encourage is an outfit change midway through an engagement session. I think if you have a dressy outfit and a semi-dressy outfit to change into then it brings some dynamic to your photos overall and changes up the look a little bit. So after an outfit change we then ventured to a nearby park to capture some images that included something else they enjoy together; biking! :)

Allison and Shamir are so effortlessly stylish and loving towards one another I could have photographed them all afternoon (which I almost did!) These two were such a dream to photograph and just can’t wait to capture their Wedding day which I just know is going to be so stunning & fun.

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