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!

Rikki + David

July 2, 2017

Rikki & David are probably the nicest people on Earth. Bold statement. I know.

What’s also pretty rad about Rikki and David is how they met. It’s a timeless tale about a beautiful, compassionate, super smart news anchor who met a charming, also super smart, happy-go-lucky meteorologist. They say things like this are written in the stars. Maybe the clouds? I know, I’m not funny. I should stop trying.

But in all seriousness, their story is amazing. You meet Rikki and you’re instantly blown away by her amazing smile and shockingly green eyes, but what you’re mostly left with is the amazing radiance surrounding her every move. Behind every action is compassion and deep care. I could tell this right away as she was actually delighted to have my almost-one-year-old along for our consultation. My deep anxiety swiftly washed away the moment we started talking. Sadly, I wasn’t able to meet Dave until their big day, but my goodness–he shared those same incredible qualities! Radiant smile, full-hearted laugh, kind and humble.

I like our wedding videos to tell the story as our couples would tell it, through our lenses. This is, honestly, the most authentic look at love I think I’ve ever seen. And they make it look so effortless. I can’t wait to see what’s next for these beautiful souls. They are two people worth watching to see what great things they will do in the world around them!

Congratulations, Rikki & David! It’s been my pleasure and honor to serve as the venue for your beautiful and moving love story <3

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

Venue: Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

Photographer: Vitalic Photo

Videographer: Pear & Thorn

Video 2nd Shooter: Lyndsay Cunningham

Entertainment: Class Act

Floral Design: Pink Pelican Florist

Cake: Classy Cupcake

Hair: Tammy Calvetti

Makeup: Cindy Goetz

Gown Designer: Jesus Perio 

Bridal Shop: Nordstrom

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

“Aria North” by Ben Winwood Licensed through


Jenn + Coleman

May 17, 2017

Genuine. Their love is genuine. 

Sometimes when I film a wedding I make little notes of the things that made the biggest impression. There were so many little notes after this wedding. I was only with Jenn and Coleman for a few hours to document the most important moments from their special day, but in a small amount of time I learned whitnessed everything that happens with them and around them is purely special. They are kind, caring, thoughtful and totally in love with each other and the life they’ve built together. They are also fiercely devoted to their partnership and the families they have brought together. And boy are these two loved. As I watched and filmed the toasts after the wedding, all I could think of was, “Wow. I’m so glad I got to be a part of this.”

And so now, you get to be a part of this. Being a witness to this beautiful love Jenn and Coleman share is to be part of something big…

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

Venue: Quail Valley River Club

Photographer: Seaglass Photography

Videographer: Pear & Thorn Productions

DJ: Traxx Entertainment

Florist: Always in Bloom Florist Inc. & Turtle Pond Orchids

Dress: Bacio Bacio Bridal & Tuxedo

Make Up: Kate Blake Artistry

Hair: Deedee Beaupre

Groom: The Tux Shop

Kristen + Matthew

April 1, 2017

“I think everybody here is in love with the fact that you’re in love with each other.”

 – Fr. Richard George

The foggy sunrise the morning of Kristen & Matt’s Okeechobee wedding felt as if the sky was kissing the earth in a loving tribute to a day that would be like no other. I knew that morning would be worth getting up early for.

It’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to this couple. They are so special–and if you know them, you know exactly what I’m talking about. They are kind, joyful, supportive, loyal, charismatic and basically a two person party wherever they go. But what really defines these two are the words that don’t really exist. It’s something I search for when I see Matt smile at Kristen when she tells a funny story, or the laugh Kristen has only for Matt–it’s a soft intensity like the sun on a foggy sunrise.

Dave and I started working with Matt & Kristen nearly a year before their wedding and spent a lot of time together getting to know one another. They invited us out to tour their reception venue, where Matt proposed to Kristen. We learned about something called “glamping”, climbed the epic tree-house where they would hold their future cocktail hour, laughed over Lots of wine and shared stories of our lives. That’s about the time when planning their wedding video became something very personal for both Dave and me. We built our vision for their wedding day choosing the scenes they shared with us that day, but what they didn’t see were the movements of their love story playing out in my mind’s canvas. Kristen planned her wedding colors around the tones of a sunset, but I knew I’d have to capture the sunrise to truly bring their story together.

Their video couldn’t just be a part of the day. It needed to be the day beginning to end, seamless and pure like their love for each other.

I warned Kristen the day would be a blur, and with over 300 guests, 40+ wedding party, and a 1.5 hour marriage ceremony, it may have been a bit of a blur for all of us.

I’m happy to say that while this was the most difficult story I’ve ever had the pleasure of telling, it is also my very favorite.

Special thanks to the vendors who helped make their day perfect!

Videography | Pear & Thorn Productions
Floral Design and Planning | Laras Theme
Getting Ready Venue | Vero Beach Hotel & Spa
Ceremony Venue | St. Anastasia Catholic Church
Reception Venue | (private venue)
Hair & Makeup | Britta Martir/Ashlee Niswanger
Linens & Chandeliers | ECP Event Group
Reception Band | The Groove Merchants
Cake Artist | Classy Cupcakes
Catering | Huck’s Catering
Bridal Salon | The White Magnolia
Wedding Gown | Tara Keely
Rentals | Event Makers
Photo Booth | Flash by KWP
Furniture Rentals | Plus Vintage Rentals
Lighting | East Coast Encore