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John and Brenda’s small intimate wedding, held at the Church of Freedom in Kissimmee FL., was my last wedding of 2015 and took place on Dec. 26th.   John and Brenda’s original plan was to head over to nearby Celebration for a few golden hour sunset portraits of just the two of them immediately following their family formals in the church.  As weddings sometimes go a little later than expected and as fate would have it, the skies were overcast and filled with cloud cover and there was no sunset to be had.  By the time we finished navigating the busy streets of Celebration and found parking the sun had set and night time had fallen.  We were now shooting their portraits in the dark.  No natural light?  No problem!   We carried on…nabbed a few killer portraits in the dark.  Brenda and John were so cool and down to earth, and they weren’t afraid to risk getting wet in the local splash pad fountain.  Just FYI….I’m the one who got wet.

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Waterfront Inn Weddings

Captains Log – November 25th…..yes I am still attempting to get caught up here with adding 2015 Weddings to the blog.  Haha!

Jim and Fanta got married at the beautiful Waterfront Inn located in The Villages the day following Thanksgiving.   Yes I would rather be shooting a wedding than fighting the Black Friday crowds…..and come on….who wouldn’t.  Usually I get to meet my clients and discuss their wedding day way before the day comes.  This time was a bit different as Jim and Fanta were from Michigan and getting married here in Florida.  They only requested me for 4 hours as their wedding was a small intimate affair but arriving an hour early allowed me to get a few more details than was originally requested.  When I arrived I found the groom….finally introducing myself face to face after many calls and emails….shook hands…and got to work.  The bride had already slipped into her dress by the time I knocked on her bridal quarters doors…but I managed to squeeze in a few prep shots which I loved.  They had a great late afternoon ceremony, complete with a rainbow , followed by a wonderful dinner, dancing, and one of the funniest best man speeches I’ve had ever heard.   Oh, and the bride’s mother had some great incognito cellphone videography skills throughout the entire ceremony…but I managed to catch her!

Venue: The Waterfront Inn

Wedding Planner: Events by Miss Daisy’s

Floral Designer: Miss Daisy’s Flowers

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Wow have I been slacking on updating the blog!  It’s been a little over 6 months since  S + W tied the knot at their intimate brunch style wedding at the always beautiful Mission Inn Golf Resort located in Howie-Inn-The-Hills.  “S”, the beautiful bride, opted to have a first look with her father instead of a traditional bride & groom first look before the ceremony.  What a touching moment to be witness to a loving father see his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time.  I know I’m going to be a blubbering mess when it is my time to escort my daughter down the aisle that is for certain.  The noon ceremony was quickly followed by a wonderful brunch under warm May afternoon sun with family and friends.

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Roughly 6 months ago (and yes I have been busy since then and desperately need to catch up my blog here)  I received an email from the grooms mother who was in search of a wedding photographer for her sons intimate wedding that would be hosted by his parents and would take place on the front steps of their beautiful home, followed by a reception in their back yard.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jakes mother Anne at their home and we had a great conversation for two hours with a side bar of playing fetch with the family dog.  By the end of our meeting Anne slapped her hand on the table and said “let’s do this”.  I hadn’t even met the bride or the groom yet and I am shooting their wedding….this feels a bit awkward and odd…. View full post »