Emily + Ryan

November 16, 2017

“You’re the light of my life, babe. I love you and I can’t wait to marry you.” ~ Ryan 

I was very anxious when driving to Emily and Ryan’s wedding in Sebastian, Florida. I was anxious because rain was threatening to completely alter the vision of their outdoor wedding ceremony at Captain Hirams. I mean, a little rain here or there is normal for Florida, but it was absolutely pouring the majority of the day. At any given time in the hours of preparation before the wedding you’d likely see a phone screen scanning weather apps and forecasts. Listen close enough and you’d hear something that sounded a little like: “I think we might get lucky. There’s a little window in all that green on its way”.

But despite the rain, Emily and Ryan were going to get married on that beautiful Indian River shoreline. It was honestly one of the best moments I recall in my time filming weddings. Couples worry so much about rain, but despite what would happen to her dress, makeup or hair, Emily and Ryan wanted to say “I Do” in the place they had been dreaming of for so long. Of course their photographer and I were going to make it happen for them.

We lugged all our gear out to the site, where the rain was pouring down without signs of stopping and then it just did. It stopped raining. It was a sign from God if I’ve ever seen one and I think it set the tone for the story these two were about to share with their family and friends.

Life is filled with unexpected challenges, like rain on your wedding day. But Emily and Ryan rolled with it and their wedding was nothing short of breathtaking. I am forever thankful for bearing witness to their love on such a spectacular show of God’s love!

Special Thanks to the Vendors who made their day perfect!

Preparations: Captain Hiram’s Resort

Ceremony: Captain Hiram’s Sand Bar

Reception:Captain Hiram’s Tiffany Room

Photographer: Tiffany Danielle Photography

VideographerPear & Thorn Productions

Floral Design: Flower Petals

DJ: DJ Louie G

Hair: Mary Farless / Bad Apple Salon

Makeup: Danielle Childers

Brittany + Evan

October 19, 2017

“From now on, wherever you go, we will go. Whatever you face, we will face. I promise I will never stop striving to give you your forever and ever amen.” ~ Evan

Brittany and Evan were mesmerizing. There were a few times I caught myself simply spellbound by watching them. I knew during their private sunset on the beach moments that we were witnessing pure magic. It wasn’t just in the way they look at each other…it’s just how they are. Each step they take together, ever gesture and touch seemed to come from a poetically choreographed ballet–a dance only they know. It was special bearing witness to it. It is love in the simplest, most beautiful expression, and it was in them and around them.

Eleven years in the making, Brittany and Evan were married on a beautiful day at Vero Beach’s Christ By The Sea United Methodist Church. They celebrated the new chapter of their lives at the newly remodeled Sea Oaks Beach Club. The party was so much fun and such a joy to watch that I stayed a little while longer because I just couldn’t stop filming!! You’ll see what I mean when you watch…

Special Thanks to the Vendors who made their day perfect!

Preparations: Vero Beach Hotel and Spa

Ceremony: Christ By The Sea United Methodist Church

Reception: Sea Oaks Beach Club

Photographer: Tiffany Danielle Photography

VideographerPear & Thorn Productions

Floral Design: Pink Pelican Florist

DJ: DJ Louie G

Hair: Kat Kruse

Makeup: Crystal Tumolo

Catering: Sea Oaks Beach Club

Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero

Bridal Boutique: Coral Gables Bridals

 

 

Jayne + Brenden

September 18, 2017

“A long love. A deep and profound love. A beautiful love. And that’s why we’re here today.”

Jayne and Brenden are the literal definition of a match made in heaven. They met in grade school and have journeyed through the winding road of life hand in hand. It’s easy to say they’ve loved each other most of their lives, but I think the truth is that they loved each other before they were born. Quite simply, they were placed together because Jayne and Brenden are meant to be together in the same way that the sun rises and sets each day.

They were married at Jayne’s family ranch on a spectacularly gorgeous day surrounded by friends and loved ones who’ve witnessed their love grow from the most innocent affection to the devotion you can glimpse still today in this their wedding film. Brenden’s friends tease him that he took too long to ask, but what is time when you have forever?

Cheers to Jayne and Brenden and what I know will be a beautiful forever! <3

Special Thanks to the Vendors who made their day perfect!

Venue: J-5 Ranch

Wedding Planner: AART Weddings / Rachel Willems

Photographer: Sara Pedreira Photography

VideographerPear & Thorn Productions / Second Shooter: Lyndsay Cunningham

Officiant: Kevin Pastore

Band: Thomas Tillman

Hair: Christina Grant

Makeup: Rebecca Lind

Catering: Carter’s Grocery in Fort Pierce

Cake:The Cake Lady

Tropical Inspiration with Lara’s Theme

September 14, 2017

Lara’s Theme is always dreaming up some new beautiful wedding fantasy for her present and future brides! Naturally, I was more than thrilled to be asked to come along and film this amazing Tropical Inspiration wedding theme with a team of other wedding vendors I adore working with. Enjoy this last little taste of summer before it blows away with the winds of September.

Venue: Quail Valley River Club
Planning & Florals: Lara’s Theme
Rentals: Atlas Event Rental & Plush Vintage Rental
Stationery & Calligraphy: Andi Mejia
Photography: Harmony Lynn Photography
Videography: Pear & Thorn Productions
Gowns: Olivia Bowen Bridal: Historic Downtown Melbourne, FL
Men’s wear: Cardita Formal Wear
Makeup: Cindy Goetz Makeup Artist
Hair: Lindsay Naffziger Hairstylist
Models: Todd Fennell & Emily Johnson

Chelsey + David

August 28, 2017

Chelsey + David had a Derby Day wedding in beautiful Vero Beach, Florida. It doesn’t take much to get me totally wrapped in wedding day love and happiness, but then add an equestrian sport to the mix and there’s no question–I AM IN!

Chelsey and David’s day was picture perfect. They started preparations at the new Quail Valley On The Pointe, ceremony at Holy Cross Catholic Church and a action-packed Kentucky Derby-viewing party and reception at Quail Valley’s River Club.

From the delicate soft pastels in Chelsey’s flowers, to David’s geek-chic cufflinks, and even the sweet trolley that transported the wedding party from location to location–I was totally smitten with all the little things surrounding these two. But the most beautiful sight to see was the way David looked at Chelsey. He adores her. And she adores him. Enjoy a little view of that love in their wedding highlights video.

Special Thanks to the Vendors who made their day perfect!

Preparations: Quail Valley at the Pointe

Ceremony: Holy Cross Catholic Church

Reception: Quail Valley River Club

Photographer: Verola 

Videographer: Pear & Thorn

Florist: Hutchinson’s Floral Artistry

Makeup and Hair: Hautedry

Catering/Cake: Quail Valley River Club

Julie + James

August 11, 2017

It’s amazing how one day someone walks into your life and you can’t remember how you ever lived without them

Julie & James are the kind of people you don’t forget. They are a bright, gregarious, and beautiful couple who greet every new adventure with purpose. Their wedding day was a perfect representation of who they are. The ceremony, located at the cozy Jacksonville Beaches Museum Chapel, was soft, tender and reverent. The reception was a blast of a party, the likes of which I have never seen. It was a full day, just like James and Julie’s hearts. Full of love for one another, for their families and for their friends who joined in their celebration. Thank you for opening your full hearts to one more, the one holding a camera 🙂

Special Thanks to the Vendors who helped make their day Perfect!

Ceremony Venue: Jacksonville Beaches Museum Chapel

Reception Venue: TPC Sawgrass Marriott

Event Planning: Coastal Coordinating

Photographer: Stout Photo

Videographer: Pear & Thorn

Video Assistant: Lyndsay Cunningham

Entertainment: Boogie Freaks

Floral Design: Floriade

Catering & Cake: TPC Sawgrass Marriott

Hair & Makeup: Blush & Mane

Gown Designer: Modern Trousseau

Ceremony Music: String Theory Music

Drapery: Mugwump Productions

“Silhouettes” by The Light The Heat Licensed through Music Bed

 

Baby Stella – A 12 Month Session

August 2, 2017

Emily called me one day, out the the blue, asking if I do birth documentary sessions. I hadn’t done one up to that point, but I was really hoping she would let me! It was the coolest experience, being on call 24/7 waiting for Emily to say ,”It’s time.” It was an honor documenting those first seconds, minutes and hours of sweet baby Stella’s life. She isn’t mine of course, but I love that little girl as if she were my own. So, a week later we did Stella’s Newborn session, which lasted about 4.5 hours but was SO worth it. And then we got together again at the half way mark to do her 6 Month Session. Every time I see sweet Stella I get a better picture of her amazing little soul and BIG personality. She’s pretty unassuming when you meet her, but while you’re distracted with her adorable eyes and smile she’s figuring out every one of your buttons and soon has you wrapped completely around her finger.

Emily and I planned Stella’s 12 month session for months and we had everything in place, setting out for the beach in the early hours of the morning.

It was a mess. Hot. Humid. Cranky brothers. MERCILESS BITING BUGS AND NO BUG SPRAY. We left our session with our hands in the air. We got some great shots, to be sure, but not half of what we planned. So, I invited Stella back to my home to try some of the shots again and we’re so glad we did! Just scroll down to the end and you will see some magic captured there. Of course, it doesn’t take much when you’re working with a natural beauty like this little girl.

I can’t believe it’s been a year already, Stella, since we all welcomed you into the world! I can’t wait to see you grow into the lovely young lady I know you will be!

 

Baby Jack – A 12 Month Session

July 13, 2017

It’s so fun watching my little clients grow! I have had the distinct honor of photographing Jack’s major milestones as he approached this, his one year mark! Be sure to check out his 3 month, 6 month, and 9 month sessions too 😉

Jack is a pretty cool little guy. He grows increasingly handsome each time I see him but what’s more is his adorable little (BIG) personality! His smile and laugh comes from his soul. I hope he never loses that as he grows–it’s a real gift. I know his parents (and sister!) will keep him on the same happy path he’s crawled and walked into this year. So, as you look upon this sweet, brown-eyed, blond-haired beau, just remember what it was like to be so young without a care in the world. His sweet smile certainly takes me back, and reminds me of how fast time really flies, so don’t blink!

Congratulations, Jack! You’re in the single digits now!!

Baby Jayce – A Newborn Session

July 12, 2017

Joann and Markus-Alan were married in June 2016, a wedding I was very honored to film and be a part of! They, at the time, were blessed with two beautiful little girls–one of which was nearly “The Little Grip’s” age! Joann and I were fast friends once we started wedding plans. Needless to say, I was SO excited to bring their wedding video package to them and thank them in person for allowing me into those amazingly intimate moments. Well, to my wonderful surprise, they had some news for me! They were expecting their third child!

So, the honor is again mine, as I present the first photos of their beautiful little boy Jayce. Boy, does he ever have his work cut out for him with those two older sisters of his! They adore him, as you see, but they are very busy little people! I know Joann and Markus are over the moon in love with this special little boy, but who isn’t?! I love seeing my families grow, and I so love getting to be part of each new big chapter in their lives!

Congratulations, Joann & Markus! Your little Jayce is perfect in every way!

Autumn + Shane: An Engagement Session

July 3, 2017

Shane and I worked together a few years ago for Indian River County and I remember us talking daily about his proposal plans for Autumn. He had the ring, but the delivery had to be epic.  I recall saying “No.” and, “Absolutely Not.” on several occasions. Thankfully he listened to me (Autumn, you’re welcome). I won’t share the whole story, but what I can say is that his proposal was incredibly meaningful, sweet and thoughtful. He loves this woman with his whole heart and she loves him with her whole heart. But I don’t have to tell you that, especially if you know them. They are good people, fun to be with and extremely loyal.

The only down side is that they are Gator fans, and I’m a Vol. So to say that I’ve nearly disowned Shane (numerously) for his merciless taunts when my team was down and out is a vast understatement. In all seriousness, I’d never disown Shane. I like Autumn too much 😉

So, here they are, about to get married in the fall and looking all cute and lovey–it’s a good look! I can’t wait to see them tie the knot surrounded by their family and friends! Congratulations, Autumn and Shane!