Wayne and Leanna

Such a sweet couple to spend the day with.  I couldn’t get over the perfection of this day or the simplicity of their love. It seemed to flow over to everyone who attended. Here are a few snippets of their lovely day.

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Wayne and Leanna

Sam and Fernando Engaged

My dear friends Sam and Fernando are engaged! Of course, Fern was a bit skittish when it came to photos, but part of my job is to change my clients’ perspective on themselves.  One of my favorite aspects of my job is when I get to make my clients feel comfortable in their own skin, and usually they don’t even realize they are changing throughout the shoot! This is where great humor and peace come in handy.  Check out how cute they are.

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Sam and Fernando Engaged

Nick and Lauren Engaged

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Nick and Lauren Engaged

Brett + Jordyn

“Here.”

My teal and purple wind jacket swished loudly as I reached into my pocket to check the text.  Oh man, Oh man, Oh man.  My heart began to pound as I made my way through the overgrown bushes and trees.

The plan had been executed perfectly up until now.  My dear friend was about to be proposed to and the execution of said plan was well under way. She was about to be so surprised. And that was a miracle.

If you would have sent a hovercraft over the Palmer Hill (the only hill in Sarasota), one would have spotted a suspicious looking person in an abnormally large straw hat and 80’s windsuit, making their way through waste high shrubs clearly off any of the designated running paths.  One would have thought it disconcerting as said person crouched behind a tree for a second and then moved on.

I was looking for the perfect location.  I had disguised myself perfectly, each article of clothing was something I wouldn’t have been caught dead in.  Ok, that’s not really true because I love the ’80’s, but Jordyn wouldn’t recognize me. That’s all that mattered.

As I sat crouching in the high shrubs waiting to hear their voices, I periodically whipped my camera out to snap a photo of a weed.  I supposed it would be better to be thought of as a strange botanist than a creepy peeper with a camera.

I think my heart was pounding more than Brett’s. Was I popping the question? No. But I was getting the shot.

All went nearly 100% according to plan despite nearly running into them on the path, getting eaten alive by mosquitos, and sitting dangerously close to a spider web.  Those minor details were greatly diminished in light of the glory of the moment Brett got down on his knee underneath the sprinkling gray clouds.  *snap

So here are the *snaps. Hope you enjoyed a bit of my story. I wish the best for theirs. Here’s to Brett and Jordyn!

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Hayden and Morgyn

It was a mid summer day and there was a flurry of activity in Morgyn’s hotel room. Girls, flowers, and hair accessories scattered the room. The day had finally come and though she and Hayden had already exchanged their vows months earlier, Morgyn was still filled with nervous anticipation.

The day could have stood to be a bit cooler, but what’s to be expected on a Sarasota summer?  It couldn’t have been more beautiful. This couple was so fun and easy to photograph. My favorite part: anyone can see that they’re best friends.  They love to be around each other.  And that fact alone put everyone at ease. Here are some favorite shots from the day.

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The Londoner Bridal Shower

At my age, I’ve had the privilege of walking with friends as they meet cute guys, grow hearts in their eyes, and eventually walk down the isle to meet their true love.  Which means I’ve attended my fair share of bachelorette parties, bridal gatherings, and wedding prep get togethers.  Well, this one happened to be one of my favorites.

Bekah invited all of her friends to a tea party at The Londoner, and boy did we have fun. Set inside the eclectic downtown Bradenton, Florida, this Victorian bed and breakfast is the perfect location to throw a party. The staff was amazing, the scones were absolutely perfect, and the house was picturesque.  Bekah’s hour consisted of Earl grey, scones, floral tea cups, and a celebration of femininity accompanied by laughter.

Congratulations to Bekah and David.  Let’s toast our scones to true love.

Hm… toasted scones… interesting thought.

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The Londoner Bridal Shower

Morone Wedding

I’m just now putting this wedding on the blog.  Better late than never, right?

I love this couple.  Everything about them is sweet, gentle, and caring.  And they have a great story.  They met online.  I knew Trisha before she met Joe.  When I met them to go over wedding plans, I just looked at her.  She had this little glint in her eye that I hadn’t seen before.  And when she smiled, I’m pretty sure I saw one of her teeth do that sparkle thing you see in the movies.  Joe was in a similar condition.  They were smitten.  And I was smitten by their smitten-ness.  Don’t kill me for making up a word.

Here are the photos from their special day.

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