Surrounded by family and lifelong friends, Lindsay and Kyle had the most beautiful, rustic chic wedding at the Santa Fe River Ranch. Working closely with Keith Watson Events, Lindsay pulled in her love for burlap, lace, peonies, and light pink details to pull off this day she describes as a “fairy tale”. We definitely agree!
We have probably said this before, but we will keep saying it over and over… one of the things we love most about the wedding album is the ability to retell the story of your wedding day through these images. One of the most memorable moments of their wedding day was, as Lindsay said, “the emotions felt walking down the aisle with my first love, my dad, to my soon-to-be husband…Seeing Kyle’s reaction as I was walking down and the emotions between him, my father and I will never be forgotten.” We know you treasure these moments in your own mind and heart, but as you will see in their album below, Lindsay and Kyle will be able to re-live this moment every time they go through their album.
We hope you can take some encouragement from Lindsay as she looks back on her big day… She gives other couples the advice to “keep calm and get a coordinator”. But, these words of advice also allowed her to say that looking back, there wasn’t a thing she would have done differently!
Congratulations, Lindsay and Kyle! We wish you a lifetime of happiness!
There are a lot of small details that make a wedding come together. The one detail that was the most special to Lindsay you can see in the above album spread. Flowers, candles, and sparkly things are all pretty, but to Lindsay, the most special detail was the picture they had on display honoring the life of her late grandfather.
We have worked with the Dando Amor charity in the past, and this week we are collecting shoes to send to orphanages in South America, Africa, and Haiti. Bring your shoes by our studio by Friday, January 30th and we will personally deliver them to the collection site in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend when we travel up for the Imaging USA conference.
“Dando Amor has spent the last 3 years visiting many different orphanages in South America, Africa, and Haiti. One thing we have found is that although the needs seem endless, there are some areas we can really make a difference. One of those areas is shoes. So many kids go without a pair of shoes.
In the USA alone, we throw away over 680 million pairs of shoes every year. When we heard this statistic, we knew we could make a difference. That is why we started our “Shoes for Love” drive.
We take as many shoes as we can with us on every trip we take… but the beauty of this shoe drive is that we will be able to collect all shoes, any size, any kind, and in any condition. Whatever shoes we cannot take personally with us will be shipped and re-purposed in third world countries…
Let’s unite together to keep shoes out of landfills!”
All shoes. Any size. Any shape. Any condition.
Our studio is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 5pm, but please contact us if there is another time you would have available to drop off your shoes. Thank you in advance!!
It’s that time of year again! With lots of engagements happening over the holiday season, we always look forward to the Florida Bridal Expo in January and meeting all the newly engaged couples! Don’t forget we have just a handful of 2015 weddings left to book and our brides get a very special gift when they do book! We look forward to seeing you this Sunday at the Hilton UF!!
See more details and how to purchase tickets on their website:
We can’t get enough of this beautiful wedding! Courtney & Nick’s Winter wedding made their choice of a very classic color palette fit the season beautifully. There is just something about long gowns and dressy bow-ties that we’ll never get tired of seeing! Of course, when you start at a setting like the Sweetwater Branch Inn, you know the day is going to be just amazing. But when you add a super fun couple, full of life, love, and energy, the day turns out to be truly magical.
The day started early for Courtney and Nick because they wanted to have plenty of time before the ceremony to see each other and to capture beautiful images around the Inn. This is definitely something important to remember for this time of year when the sun is setting earlier in the evening. Brides may end up getting dressed in the late morning or early afternoon for an evening wedding. It all depends on how much time you’d like to devote to snuggling and photographing with your soon-to-be husband.
I’ll never forget the moment where we asked Nick to lead Courtney in a “practice” first dance while we were photographing before the wedding. Paul and I backed up to watch this precious couple take it all in and I heard Nick start singing softly to Courtney. Both starting to tear up a little and I think it may have hit them at that moment that their wedding day had finally arrived. This wedding was a perfect example of how a first look moment is incredibly special and that it doesn’t take away from the emotion of the bride walking down the aisle. As you will see, Nick was still quite full of emotion, even though he had already spent time with is bride before the ceremony.
We hope our new brides find inspiration from Courtney’s delicate and soft style. And Courtney and Nick, we adore you both and will never forget what a beautiful and emotional day this was!
As always, with a team of wonderful wedding vendors, no wonder it’s a perfect day! Venue, Rentals, Catering: Sweetwater Branch Inn • Florist: The Grande Event • Makeup: Kara Winslow
We want to say a special thanks to all of our brides and grooms, along with their families, for an amazing 2014 year. We spend so much time with our couples throughout the planning process that we feel like each of them has become family by the time their wedding happens! It’s always so special when we get to introduce these couples to our readers and share their stories. Today, we’re just doing a shout out to all of our newlyweds to say congrats and we adore you all! May 2015 be full of blessings and love in your marriage!
Keep an eye out this upcoming year as we feature more of these weddings in detail. There are some spectacular images and memories we can’t wait to share with you!
Megan and Frank planned a beautiful December wedding at the Santa Fe River Ranch. As we have said before, we just love how this venue is a beautiful, blank canvas for each wedding and can be transformed for any colors or style. Megan and Frank are very special to us as we have had the opportunity to get to know them well and work with them in other weddings we have photographed. There is a sweet group of friends from our area that have each contacted us when it was their turn to plan a wedding, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! (You will probably recognize Andrea & Daniel in their bridal party!)
Megan and Frank are both so much fun and wanted their wedding day to be a reflection of that part of their personalities. Even when the rain came, they still had their smiles on, knowing this was a sweet celebration. We love how they chose to use very classic black, white, and red details, not going over the top with “Christmas” decorations, but giving a sweet nod to the special time of year.
When we delivered Megan’s album and her mom’s parent album, her mom gave us a compliment that we’ll never forget. She said she was amazed at how when putting the images together in the way we did, created an exact story of how the wedding day unfolded. She shared it was exactly how she remembered it. Thank you for sharing that, Ms. Kim! And congratulations Megan and Frank! We love your family and have treasured being a part of so many of your friends’ weddings. I know there’s still a few unwed family members so hopefully we’ll be seeing you again soon.
In our last Tuesday Tips post, we were suggesting all the important baby milestones to make sure you capture in your baby’s first year. Once this initial growth spurt has passed and maybe other little ones come to be a part of the picture, there are still some very special times that you won’t want to miss getting professional pictures done as a family. Before you know it, we will both be 20 years older, and will have some fantastic memories together as we have walked with your family through all of these special times!
Here are some milestones we love to capture of each of your children individually, but also of your family as a whole:
Toddler & Preschool (around 2-5 years)
This is a special age when all your children start to become friends and they are joyful and curious about just about everything. They may have a hard time sitting still and they may be silly the entire time, but isn’t that all part of the memories from this age group?!
Starting School (around 5-10 years)
We start to see individual personalities really shine in each child and growth spurts are all too common. You may feel like you can barely keep up with your children as they start to get busy will all kinds of fun activities and homework, but set aside some time during these elementary years to capture some memories together!
Pre-Teen & Early Teen (around 10-15 years)
We have decided that kids don’t really go through an awkward phase anymore, like we feel that we did when we were young! You can definitely convince them to take some fun images during this time of life when they are trying to really define who they are. This is such a self-esteem building session.
High School Senior (around 16-18 years)
This stage comes way too soon for most parents. That’s why it’s so important to not let is pass by. Believe us, once that first child leaves the “nest” it is very difficult to get everyone back together again for a family portrait session. Make this a priority before your little chicks fly away!
College Grad (4+ years later?!)
They will reach great accomplishments all throughout their life, but this one is not one to be missed! We tend to focus so much on high school seniors, but those 4+ years of college can have a profound impact on your children’s lives. Let us help you capture the young man or woman they have become!
Your iPhone photos may be great for instant sharing today, but trust us when we say you will want a collection of beautiful images on your wall that you will treasure forever. We have a beautiful folder full of this information and much more to help you plan your family’s sessions. Contact us to schedule a consultation, and we will start making getting all the details in place with you!
Where do we even begin with Ashley & Ryan’s amazing wedding? You did see a special preview of their album yesterday, but while the beauty in the wedding speaks for itself, of course, we’d love to share just a little bit about this special couple.
Ashley and Ryan first met at the Opera Nightclub in Downtown Atlanta in 2008. They joke about who “wooed” whom, but Ryan’s dance moves somehow changed both of their lives forever. Only a short 5 years later, they were married! For their engagement, and going with the theme of the “Opera”, Ryan coordinated an evening in NYC with their family’s seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. After, they went to the Pierre Hotel in Central Park where 6 Broadway performers, including “the Phantom” started what seemed like an impromptu performance. Moments later, Ryan stood and proposed to Ashley as part of the epic performance. To watch the video and learn more about the proposal, check out their wedding website here – MeettheFrankels.com! For them, photographing their Engagement Session in New York City was a must. Do you remember these amazing images – Part 1 & Part 2?!
Now, we make it to the wedding day! The wedding was held in the Piedmont Estate and Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia, where Ashley is from. The Piedmont is a beautiful antebellum mansion located on 3 acres in the heart of Buckhead. The venue is a traditional mansion that has recently been renovated with modern furnishings and also serves as a contemporary art gallery. The ceremony was held outside, while the reception was held inside the estate. The girls held bouquets filled with white ranunculus, white garden roses, white mums, dusty miller and brunia berries. One gray toned succulent highlighted each of their bouquets. Spectacular!
Please keep reading as you scroll through images! We have a lot more to share!
Ashley and Ryan decided to do a first look on the beautifully and naturally lit front porch of the Piedmont. You can see Ryan’s sister, Jamie peaking out the window! I’ll never forget Ryan inhaled slowly and said, “she’s behind me isn’t she?” Yes, she was. And the tears came soon after. This is what Ashley shared about their first look…
“It was such a private and intimate moment between the two of us and I cherish the private time we had together before the ceremony. Since we knew our wedding day would be such a whirlwind, we felt that it was important to spend as much time together, take amazing photos, and talking about our big day. Looking back, I realize that seeing Ryan before the ceremony helped calm my nerves. We were able to enjoy being with each other without being rushed on time between the ceremony and the reception.” The wedding ceremony was held outside on the grounds of the estate. Since the wedding was in November, guests enjoyed a hot cocoa station while waiting for the ceremony to begin. A string quartet performed untraditional and contemporary music selections that had meaning to Ashley and Ryan. Song choices included, “Georgia on my Mind” by Ray Charles and “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera. The bridal entrance song was “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri and the recessional selection was “Titanium” from David Guetta.
The reception décor was untraditional and had a balanced mixture of old and new; round tables with gray, linen tablecloths mixed with raw wood farm tables to create a more causal, eclectic mix. Since Ashley and Ryan’s family and friends love to party, they designed the reception ballroom to be more of a lounge atmosphere. Lounge furniture surrounded the dance floor and the DJ and they passed out LED flashing foam sticks as the night progressed!
Ashley shared a few more thoughts for our current brides… “It was such an amazing night. I wish we could do it all over again, because like most people say, the day goes by way too fast. My biggest advice to future brides is to relax as much as possible leading up to the wedding. Don’t get too caught up in the planning process and try to remember the sole purpose of why you are getting married in the first place. Also, don’t skimp on photography and videography…they are both memories frozen in time. Ryan and I look forward to the many adventures that undoubtedly wait ahead of us and to living and raising a family in Gainesville!”
The amazing vendors we had the honor of working with:
This wedding will definitely go down in the history books! The love this couple has for each other is inspiring. The passion they have for their families is touching. And the energy they have for a good party is remarkable! Today we will share their album with you. This is the first time we included an engagement session in the final album, but what an exquisite and complete story is now told (Remember Part 1 and Part 2 of their New York City Engagement Session?!). Tomorrow we’ll share Ashley and Ryan’s story, with more images from the wedding. We thought the album should have a day devoted just to it!
We will be forever grateful to have shared this day with you, Ashley and Ryan, and we’re so grateful to call your our friends!
We are so incredibly excited to be working with Rachel and Steve on their upcoming wedding! It’s just a few weeks away until this amazing couple says “I DO!” We first met Rachel when she worked with Solutions Bridal planning the Florida Bridal Expo. What a great honor it was with all the photographers she had seen in that position, to choose us for her wedding!
Rachel and Steve met about 4 years ago and were just friends for several years. They’d hang out with groups of friends and definitely got to know each other well, but didn’t ever “date”. However, many of their friends saw the perfect match that they would make and intervened! With pushing and prodding from these friends, they started dating in October of last year. Rachel shares, “Soon after we started dating it became pretty clear that Steve was the one. After only a few months we started talking about marriage, and he proposed in August, on our 10 month anniversary!”
Two of their favorite spots in our area are downtown and around the University of Florida. We started at the iconic Baughman Center just in time for the beautiful sunset. Then we headed downtown to walk the lovely streets near where Rachel and Steve had their first date. You’ll see that Steve reluctantly practiced for their first dance in public… but how spectacular the moon is in those images?!
You’ll also see that Steve is a firefighter which is a big part of both his and Rachel’s lives. And don’t all women love a men in uniform?
Rachel and Steve are getting married at the charming Sweetwater Branch Inn in downtown Gainesville. Rachel shared she “wants the wedding to be really romantic! Also, for it to be glamorous, but not TOO overdone.” Subtle glamour is always in style! The colors are blush pink, gold and navy blue. We can’t wait to see how beautifully everything turns out and were thrilled to share this day with everyone!
"...Paul and Kristin were so helpful leading to our wedding and on that day were truly impressive! They were low key and still got the great pictures we wanted! They are personable and easy to work with! We totally recommend them!..."
"...Kristin and Paul do it all: save the dates, engagement pictures, custom made wedding books, bridal portraits, and of course, the wedding day! They are professional but very comfortable to work with. They go the extra mile for the perfect shots of your special day!..."
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