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I have been wanting to share for a while some personal insight from a few of our couples on what a First Look is like. It’s that one decision that many people ask us about and how to decide if it’s right for them. As far as I know we’ve never had a couple regret doing a First Look so I asked some couples to tell me a little about what it was like seeing their grooms before their ceremony. Thank you so very much to Jessica and Allison for sharing your experiences!!! And because both their weddings were this May, you’re getting a sneak peek before I blog them both this month. I hope to add to this as more interviews come in from more of our awesome brides!
“Well I had many emotions going through me. I decided to touch him on the shoulder and I remember feeling so nervous and hesitant to do that. But of course, once I touched him all that went away and everything became familiar again. It was awesome to just look at each other (that sounds weird ) But it was neat to see the details of his suit and tie, and for me to show him the little borrowed, olds & blues that were gifted to me that morning. It was a special moment of just him and I to share and I am glad we decided to do it!’ – Jessica & Juan, 5/23/2015
“Our first look can only be described as magical. It was something that we knew we wanted early on to save time later in the day, to get those nerves out of the way, and to have an intimate moment together before the ceremony. It was everything we expected and more. We were able to see each other for the first time in the place we feel most comfortable-with each other. It allowed use the freedom to be emotional and silly and take the moment in just for ourselves. It was surreal and I wouldn’t have changed a second of it!” Allison & AJ, 5/24/2015
Michela & Chris’ turquoise, white and pink beach wedding details left me even in awe yesterday. From the custom signs to the bouquets of peonies and hydrangeas, every detail was carefully thought out. The guys even had seersucker suits for a southern twist. But my favorite detail was they had their friend Kristen marry them. I just think this is the most special way to incorporate friends and family into your wedding and it personalizes the ceremony so very much.
Congratulations to Michela & Chris! We wrapped up the first half of our 2015 wedding season on St. Pete Beach with an awesome group of lawyers today. Michelle put together some amazing details and her dress sparkled. Sparkled! I can’t wait to share all their portraits, definitely some of my favorite for the year!
Are you ready for the cutest engagement session ever? Think, dogs, floral collars, a bicycle built for two and picnic on the beach. I don’t usually do a detail board for sessions but I just had to because this one had so many good ones. Tiffany & Brad’s styled bicycle picnic engagement session was just last week at lovely Ft. DeSoto park- a place we just love shooting at because it has so many options, we never end up shooting the same thing. Tiffany worked so hard on all the details and being sure to include Luke and Seven, their two doggies, for all the fun as well! Oh my gosh and the sunset that night! We don’t shoot many 3 hour engagement sessions but when you get a sunset like that you just have to keep shooting, it’s like a photography law I’m sure. We had an apically good time with Tiffany & Brad and cannot wait for their wedding next June at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market.
Congrats you guys, thanks for being so much fun last week and having us be a part of your amazing day!
Last month Evan and I journeyed with our friend Allison and the baby in tow to Weeki Wachee Springs for a few hours of paddle boarding and yoga…. on the paddle boards. Did you even know this was a thing, how cool right?! We put some behind the scenes photos up of Evan shooting from a paddle board on Instagram and we’ve had so many people ask about this session and when we’re going to post photos. I’m so glad everyone is so excited! Allison is a personal trainer, yoga instructor and all around amazing person. I often refer to her as our “adventurous friend” because she does all the things and travels to all the places you’ve ever dreamt of seeing/doing. She traveled the world for 10 months last year including places like Nepal and Africa. She is such an incredibly generous and beautiful soul and I look up to her tremendously. What would Allison do is becoming my new mantra when I wake up and think, should I go running this morning? We are probably going to shoot an aerial yoga session soon too, because it’s just too cool to not to and maybe I’ll even try it. In the meantime check out how amazingly gorgeous and strong this lady is. Every single one of these shots was taken from the water balancing very carefully. Evan shot all the first ones and I took over for the yellow outfit at the end when Allison said she wanted me to “boudoir her” lol! Hope you all love these as much as we do.
I sure love me some formal black tie weddings, especially this black & white museum wedding, even when it’s 105 degrees outside in Florida in June. The details of Kirstin & Evan’s wedding were completely classic with hints of sparkle.
So happy that Kirstin & Evan are finally married and they can be our newest married couple friends! Yay! We worked on this wedding at The Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Pete with some of our favorite vendors, including Kelly Hancock Events :) We got so many ridiculously good portraits and even behind the scenes shots so stay tuned in the next few weeks when we’ll share the entire wedding!
We are so so lucky, y’all. By now you know that my favorite thing in the world is continuing to shoot portraits for past wedding couples. Kat & Aaron got married at the Museum of Fine Arts in December of 2013. Kat hired us long before that though, before they even had a venue set. I remember how much we loved her right away and how excited she was about our photography. Working with her and Aaron on their wedding was so wonderful and I just love staying in touch with couples via Facebook and social media. You see past couples grow their families and in all honesty we very much hope and wait for that phone call to capture these new milestones. I was thrilled to hear from Kat and even happier when she asked that we do a maternity session with them. Isn’t she the most gorgeous mama-to-be?! Kat really loved the look of Sunken Gardens but their open hours did;t work with our session time so we went to a few semi-secret spots around downtown Saint Petersburg that have a similar look and feel. The gold and burgundy maternity gowns are from Elouise Couture and were a perfect fit I think!
Thank you guys, really, from the bottom of our sappy little hearts for having us shoot these images for you!
When we first met Kim a few months ago we knew that her and Alan would be a perfect fit for us- she was so passionate telling us about Alan and how much fun they have together. Fast forward to a few weeks ago during their baseball engagement session in Dunedin, it was non-stop laughs and joking around in addition to them being totally adorable together. Alan used to play baseball and is now a coach, which is why they wanted to incorporate the local baseball stadium in Dunedin where the Toronto Blue Jays have their spring training. We hit a couple of other spots downtown and ended along the waterfront for a stunning sunset. Then we had some beers (not pictured, haha). It’s safe to say their wedding in February is going to be amazing and we can’t wait until we can hang out with these two more!
Thanks for showing us such a good time Kim & Alan, you made US feel so comfortable around you guys! Isn’t that our job, lol. Hope we get to hang out again before February.
Yesterday was Christina & Stephen’s Hilton Clearwater Beach Wedding ceremony & reception and not only did the rain time itself out perfectly but we ended up with some nice breezes for our portraits. Christina looked like a princess in her Vera Wang gown from the White collection, I cannot wait to share this whole wedding!
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