As you can probably tell by now, I’m a sucker for a beautiful outdoor wedding because well, Florida….
The perfect sunset beach wedding in a private beach home in Vero Beach, FL was exactly what Abbey and Chris were dreaming of. The sun was big and beautiful for their vows but it wasn't too incredibly hot yet - because we all know that Florida can get hella-hot.
Abbey's wispy and pretty wedding dress was absolutely gorgeous along side Chris' casual suit. The bridesmaids dresses matched the sea perfectly with a differing shades of blue. Their families came from all over the U.S. to celebrate on the beach with them, and I am sure that they were so happy that they did.
Every chance I get, I try my hardest to share with my Brides the great things about having a fun and pretty little outdoor bridal session, especially if they are on a privately owned ranch.
Wedding days are seriously so crazy busy, and there are a lot of times when there just isn’t room in the schedule to have a bridal session on the actual wedding day. When wedding days get a little behind or the schedule doesn’t allow for it, the Bridal photos are sometimes the first thing to be ignored - insert huge sad face.
Every single time, and I mean, every single time, we’ve decided to have a separate outdoor Bridal session, the photos were just breathtaking. Taking bride photos outside have a more laid back feel and the stress that would accompany trying to fit in a lot of photos of just the bride during the wedding day, just isn’t there.
So, Natalie decided that photos of just her were very important and about a month before her wedding, she would slip into her wedding dress and have her photos taken at her outdoor bridal session with me. The gorgeous, privately owned ranch and barn venue where she and Bryan were going to say their vows to each other was the perfect backdrop for her Bridal photos.
She scheduled her hair and makeup trial for that morning and we were able to have her session in the late afternoon, complete with amazing weather and trees for miles. Seriously, this place is amazing - about 100+ acres of tree filled ranch land. My Jaime soul just sings when I am able to photograph there. Natalie’s mom came along and made sure that her wedding dress didn’t get dirty - she did a great job! She even kept a blanket handy to place on the ground under Natalie’s dress. I think I’ll have to hire her at my next outdoor Bridal session. :)
Cari and Jeremy wanted to make sure that their families and friends had fun and were comfortable at their 310 Lakeside Wedding, so they decided on an outdoor wedding ceremony in Orlando at Lake Eola. They are such a sweet pair and their quiet emotions are some of the deepest that I've had the pleasure of photographing.
When we met at their consultation, Jeremy was unsure if he wanted to see Cari before the wedding or not, but after we talked for a few minutes, I knew that he'd appreciate a first look because of his quiet nature. He is a little more shy, and so they decided that it would be so freeing for him to be able to see and hug Cari before their actual ceremony. Cue the tears. :)
Their gorgeous engagement session at a park was filled with lots of cuddles and even a guitar! I'm one lucky photog-girl.
Thanks so much to all of the amazing others that made this wedding wonderful:
Venue: 310 Lakeside - http://310parksouth.net/host-an-event/weddings/
Planner: Jennifer Meister
2nd Photographer: McKenzie Stewart
Assistant: Alissa Campanaro
Wedding Dress: Modern Bridal - https://modernbridalshopfl.com/
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal - http://www.davidsbridal.com/
Garter & Waist Tie: Stephanie Carrico
DJ: Brandon Meister
The old courtroom inside of the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando is one of the most unique and gorgeously classic wedding venues in the city for having an intimate wedding. The stately room is on the smaller side, but it makes up for it in absolute character. Angela and Paul came from up north along with a few of their close friends and family in order to share their love for each other by sharing sweet vows and even some silly antics. Paul’s daughters decided to dance their way down the aisle and laughter just filled the small courtroom - I’m sure that back in the day, there wasn’t much laughter in that courtroom, so it was great to hear it. Angela’s Niece sang to them during the ceremony and not a single eye was free from a tear or two. Holy goodness it was gorgeous. After the tear-filled ceremony the newlyweds and guests headed to their vacation home to celebrate - and boy, was that a blast as well!
When Manda & David were looking for a photographer for their outdoor southern backyard wedding, they wanted someone that they could find to fit into their sweet down-to-earth family. Of course, I was only to happy to be the one! ;) Now, you know how much I love my outdoor weddings with tons of sentimental moments and sweet people. This was a perfect wedding - they even had their Uncle's awesome Bar-b-que for dinner - yum!
The groom, David, built this amazing wedding arch and they incorporated Manda's Father's horns. They wanted to stand under something with meaning to share their vows with each other.
They wanted to have a first touch, but not see each other before their wedding. David broke down as he held unto his almost bride - I could barely keep back my tears.
David's Father presided over the ceremony because they are all about family and wanted to include him into their marriage.
Amanda and her best friend ride horses all of the time, so they just had to wear their boots.
If there is enough time in the timeline I rock out some of my secret sauce editing on a few of my favorite pictures and share them with my couples from my tablet. I just love their reactions when they see some of their wedding day during dinner.
It was an absolute pleasure to capture Manda and David's special day!