Spring and Fall are definitely the busiest for weddings in Florida, but when we usually get a break over the winter ours never really came this year. So while our wedding season “starts” March 14th in Key Largo, it never really stopped for us because we’ve been so busy with meetings, engagements and all the fun business-y related things that happen during our “slower” times. But we feel really lucky that we are just busy enough to keep us on our toes, and have had so many awesome things come up, like the fact that I’m in Las Vegas right now for my third WPPI convention, and all the opportunities we’ve had to work with this amazing team of vendors last year. We’re also traveling a lot this year around Florida- the Keys, Orlando, West Palm Beach and Groveland. We shot this stunning eclectic, marsala wedding inspiration shoot in November right after Thanksgiving up in the Ocala area, and the feature on Every Last Detail was published about 4 weeks ago. I really have been loving going up to Ocala and hope to shoot more there in the future. So many cute spots for weddings and incredible properties. So now that I’m all caught up on client posts I get to share some fun stuff with you guys for the next 2 weeks before we kick off “season” with two really incredible couples and weddings.
So excited to share Nikki & Nick’s Nativity Catholic Church & Rusty Pelican Wedding from a few weeks ago! These two are just so amazing, they agreed to be in our video before we’d ever even worked with them, and we’ve really gotten to know them over the past year and a half. I find that the couples I get super close to, are harder to blog and that’s why this one took almost a month for me to share. I think it’s because I’m nit-picking to achieve perfection. I’m leaving for WPPI in Vegas tomorrow morning so I had to stop editing this blog and just publish it- share it with the world! I love this wedding and this couple so so much. Nikki & Nick’s wedding day was filled with so many incredible people and moments and we were so honored to be part of it. And how about that blush PINK Maggie Sottro bridal gown?! Yeah it was pretty amazing. Nikki & Nick did a first touch before heading to Nativity Catholic Church, a sweet alternative to a first look if you really don’t want to see each other but want to be near each other before your vows. We had so much time for portraits and got to do lots of locations, from the church facade to the Rusty Pelican property, I could photograph these two all day long.
I love this downtown St. Pete engagement session and I love this couple. Jess & Juan are a soon to be husband and wife team themselves- they are Chiropractors and just opened a practice in Sarasota. I think this is so awesome, maybe because I know how hard it is and how amazing you have to be to 1) work with your spouse in general and not murder each other, and 2) start a small business together. This session truly felt like a double date and we loved walking around, joking a lot, and coining terms like #usies. That’s a selfie but with all of us instead of just oneself. They’re getting married at St. John’s on St Pete Beach and having their reception at Nova 535, so a more urban and artsy engagement session among the murals of downtown St. Petersburg was just perfect. I can’t wait for their wedding this May, just 3 days after what will be our 8th wedding anniversary! May is such an awesome month to get married in.
Well today was an awesome day, Kathryn & Ross’ gorgeous wedding was featured on The Celebration Society website. As much as I adore our print feature published in their latest issue (I ran out bought a bunch of copies and have been showing everyone!) you can see so many more photos on the web version, so definitely go check it out. I also love the focus on vendors and insight from the wedding they shared.
And then we also received our 2015 editor’s choice award from Two Bright Lights. I started using Two Bright Lights in 2012 to help get our work in front of editors and as one of the most published wedding photographers I can say it’s a great tool that has worked really well for us. The Editor’s Choice Award says we are in the top 5% of their members to get published. How awesome is that? We were published over 15 times last year and already 5 times this year, so it sounds about right.
A few weeks ago we hosted a casual get together which we’ve now deemed as the Caroline & Evan Couples Night Out. We’d been wanting to have a group hang out with our awesome brides and grooms and spent quite a few months brainstorming what kind of event we could have. Then last month we invited all our 2015 couples to meet us for beer and bar games at 3 Daughters Brewing in downtown St. Pete the first weekend in February. It was epic. We had three amazing couples make it, (Kirstin & Evan, Rachel & Andy, and Kristen & Dave) and we spent about 5 hours chatting, laughing, playing foosball, ping-pong and Card Against humanity. Boy when you want to get to know people, you play Cards Against Humanity. It was such a blast and there is now talks about not only making this a regular shindig, but possibly having a field day where we would have prizes like prints and album credits. Anyway it’s in the works for possibly this summer, but we will definitely have another couples Night Out, probably in April, and open it up to any current or past couples. We’re taking suggestions on future meet up spots and filed day activities which may include sports, trivia, trust exercises or drinking games. I guess next time we’ll have to bring a camera, but until then check out our iPhone photos of everyone having a good time.
Your friendly neighborhood wedding photographers, Caroline & Evan.
Here it is! Cypress Grove Estate House styled wedding inspiration, this editorial shoot is full of red and pink Valentine’s Day wedding ideas. I think my favorite details are the cake from The Sugar Suite and of course the Rita Vinieris gown from Solutions Bridal in Orlando, Florida. So go ahead, take a look through and see the complete vendor list at the bottom of this post. There’s even a little of Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala. See the color story here.
Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House in Winter Park, FL | Styling & Furniture: RW Events | Florist: Flowers By Lesley | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Bridal Gown: Solutions Bridal | Stationery: 5Thirteen Designs | Hair & Makeup: Makeover Station | Chairs: A Chair Affair
Caroline attended a workshop for Orlando Wedding Photographers & Cypress Grove Estate House was the perfect backdrop for the styled shoot. It is such a gorgeous property and we loved capturing the beautiful work of some of Orlando’s top wedding vendors. Stay tuned for a full vendor list and more images from this sweet Valentine’s styled inspiration!
And here’s the full shoot on our blog!
Nicole & Nick’s Nativity Catholic Church and Rusty Pelican Wedding on Gasparilla was so amazing, lots of purple details and even a blush pink Maggie Sottero wedding gown. Can’t wait to share this whole wedding!
So I (Caroline) am a big reader. I read a lot of business books for photographers as well as books on branding, and also a lot of Florida and environmental books, but most are business related. I usually read a few books a month but every now and then I go on these binges where I check out 20 books from the library and then read as many as I can. This usually happens when I’m going to be on a plane or have a big project idea in progress. I also tend to read several books at once, jumping back and forth depending on my mood. So here’s a list of what we’re both reading right now.
Currently on Caroline’s nightstand/desk/dining room table:
1. How to Run Your Business like a Girl. I am liking this one so far, it’s proving to be a fast read. What I like about it is it talks about how Women run their businesses emotionally which can be a good and bad thing. Most women start businesses for the flexibility in their schedule and not to make money. We also tend to make decisions with our hearts which can be a strength.
2. Worth Every Penny. Written by a portrait photographer I’ve seen speak at WPPI, Sarah Petty, this is the second time I’ve read this book. It’s got a few things in it that are great refreshers. Though it’s written by a photographer it can be useful for any creative or boutique business owner. It’s also a great reminder if you ever struggle with pricing your services and making people see your value.
3. Blue Ocean Strategy. I have heard about this book from so many types of business owners and I can’t wait to crack it open!
4. Hipsters I met and Liked. This is my new notebook for the next few years. I take this with me everywhere and I love it because the pages are completely blank for lists, quotes and sketches. Whatever I need to write down. I’m weirdly obsessed with notebooks and I always have at least 3 I’m working from- a to do list, a scratch pad of current projects, lists and quotes, and then a permanent notebook that I keep for a years that has the best quotes, ideas and things I want to constantly come back to. This little gray book is the perfect size to take anywhere and is my permanent notebook. Plus the cover is cute and clever and starts conversations.
5. Instagram Power. (not pictured) I just finished this one and it was incredibly informative and I’ve already seen return on the changes I implemented on our Instagram.
Currently on Evan’s nightstand:
Batman: War Games. This is the best Batman comic series Evan has ever read. It has all his favorite characters from Nightwing to Catwoman and Scarface. He’s just finished parts 1 & 2 and needs to hunt down part 3.
Obviously as photographers, we want you to print your photos. I’ll never understand the point of spending thousands on wedding photography and then never ordering a wedding album or large prints to hang in your house. I’ve been wanting to start a series with some alternatives to wedding albums that still get your images printed and displayed in your home. I figured, what better way then to show you our favorite products that we use. Personally, Evan and I prefer displaying photos from sessions of us in the form of big canvas groupings. We have a lot of white walls in our house so these big gallery wraps are perfect for displaying our favorite moments and bringing color into our rooms. This first grouping is in our living room as son as you walk into our home. The main image is a large 24″ x 36″ canvas and the three smaller images are 10″ x 10″. These images are from our 5 year anniversary session 3 years ago with Brandi Morris and are some of my favorite of us.
The other big grouping in our house is in our dining room. These are photos from our first family session after Remy was born. These shots by Jessica Charles are so colorful and just so ‘us’, and I love looking at our chunky little newborn everyday. The largest (top) canvas is 16″ x 24″, the lower larger canvas is 16″ x 20″ and the smaller canvases are 10″ x 10″.
We have various single canvases in our bedroom and our office as well. If the photos were hiding in our computer we wouldn’t get to enjoy them everyday. I have a couple of other fun ways that I display and organize photos and I’ll be sharing those next month!
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