Posts Tagged ‘love’

Andrade Wedding | Casa Monica | St. Augustine Wedding Photography

December 7th, 2014

There is quite the European feel when you enter St. Augustine; driving over the Lion’s Gate Bridge into the heart of the oldest city in America was exciting and very romantic. The spiral turrets atop the castle like buildings and the detail carved into the nooks and crannies lured and sang to us as we […]

 

There is quite the European feel when you enter St. Augustine; driving over the Lion’s Gate Bridge into the heart of the oldest city in America was exciting and very romantic. The spiral turrets atop the castle like buildings and the detail carved into the nooks and crannies lured and sang to us as we traveled their streets.

We arrived in awe at the historic Casa Monica and observed the many Spanish influences incorporated throughout the great hotel. The wedding day of Meredith and Anthony was upon us; it was overcast and windy, but as the gorgeous bride said, she wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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The knock upon the bride’s room was greeted with hair curlers and a perfume of hairspray. It was hours before aisle time and the room was in a calm flurry of dresses, makeup and hair. When a stopping point was reached, Meredith reached for a small box that contained a token from her beloved. In anxious curiosity she opened her final gift before becoming Mrs. Andrade. Surrounded by her very best friends she was adorned, zipped up, and pampered into the most stunning bride.

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Anthony and his merry friends were excited for their brother to walk down the aisle and say I do. Before all the merriment could commence they were rewarded with beautiful boxes filled with liquid courage, cigars and customized cuff links. The final touches of Anthony’s grand suit were adorned by his father as the room bantered in playful tones before leaving for the church.

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On the way to St. Augustine, we received an urgent email stating we would be in a different church venue tomorrow afternoon. Meredith and Anthony had planned on saying their vows in the oldest catholic church in the country, but due to drastic remodeling and scaffolding covering a huge part of the venue they decided to switch at the very last minute. You can only imagine the stress this placed on our dear bride and groom as texts, calls, and emails were sent to both guests and vendors alike. It seemed as though everyone got the message in time and the gorgeous new church held just as much grace as it’s predecessor. The ceremony was simple and unique, tailored perfectly for our sweet, adoring couple.

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We were able to take a few beautiful photographs at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, where Meredith and Anthony were originally set to be married.

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After the ceremony, Meredith, Anthony, and the entire bridal party hopped on the most adorable trolley to tour the city and take some truly incredible photographs. We stopped at the fort and Magnolia Street, which was lined with these ancient oak trees before heading back to cocktail hour.

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Upon entering the reception we were wrapped in warm pinks and purples. Diamonds dripped over the centerpieces and delicate orchids were scattered around. The night was filled with dancing, and celebrating with the new Mr. and Mrs. Andrade. The end of the evening was marked with a grand exit with guests wishing goodnight while lighting their path with sparklers.

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We sincerely thank our wonderful bride and groom, Meredith and Anthony, for making us a part of their gorgeous wedding day, and for their support and trust as we captured these one-of-a-kind wedding photographs. Here is to your happily-ever-after!

Love,
Ashley & Jacqueline

It’s all in the details! The vendors and designers who created Meredith & Anthony’s dream wedding day.
Dress Designer: Lozaro

Bridesmaids Dresses: Demetrios

Flowers: 57 Treasury

Hair/Makeup: Paulina Perez

Bride Shoes: Betsey Johnson

Tux/Suits: Men’s Warehouse

Cake: Sweet Weddings

Catering: Casa Monica

DJ: Skip Kelly Productions

Lights: St. Augustine Lighting

Décor: Kate Ryan Linens

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complementary. | Engagement Photography | Parkland, Fl.

August 6th, 2014

If you know John the way I do, he was always a popular ‘kid’ with friends of many avenues surrounding him. I will spare you all of his wonderful qualities since there are too many to dispel, but I will admit that he is one of the most considerate and sincere guys you will ever […]

 

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If you know John the way I do, he was always a popular ‘kid’ with friends of many avenues surrounding him. I will spare you all of his wonderful qualities since there are too many to dispel, but I will admit that he is one of the most considerate and sincere guys you will ever meet. I can guarantee it. My husband and I are so fortunate to have made a lifelong friend out of our childhood comrade who was and still is both loyal and kind with a grand touch of respectfulness and polish.

Naturally, we became vested in his life (he was one of our groomsmen) and the softhearted, beautiful flaxen lady he introduced to us before our wedding day several years ago. Instantaneously you could see that together John and Lindsay both contributed a beautiful peacefulness and radiance that complemented each other. Where one was sweet the other was tender, where one was shy the other was gently amiable and though they were uniquely different they were so supportive of the whole.

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Reciprocal encouragement, appreciation, patience and love are so evident in the way John and Lindsay relay their adoration. Having had some years to witness their love grow and flourish, we’ve been lucky enough to observe that this recipe of theirs just works. And I have no doubts that in their presence you too would feel that ever-sweet comfort and inspiration. Being bystanders and cheerleaders on their journey is truly wonderful as these two just tug at your heart strings. What’s more… they are incredible friends!

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“Faith makes all things possible. Hope makes all things work. Love makes all things beautiful.”

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A love like theirs, with deep roots in family (their little man was featured HERE too) and faith is not only a rare find but an uplifting one. They have made the decision that their marriage will take refuge in God where their hearts and souls can rejoice as one. Above all else that intensity and unfailing passion they share, as a foundation to their relationship, will surely enfold and bond them.

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We are so excited to witness how John and Lindsay’s love will continue to strengthen and grow in the years ahead. For, when placed with the demands of commitment, we hope that they always find happiness and never lose sight of their tender devotion to one another.

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Thank you, John and Lindsay for trusting us to photograph these amazing moments in your lives. We are truly blessed and honored to call you great friends.

You can see even more images of this amazing couple HERE.

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you make me smile. | Engagement Photography | Tallahassee, FL

July 21st, 2014

We met Michelle and Charlie as the sun was going down on an ever-so-hot summer evening in July. This couple is very special to us, as they are officially the first couple that neither Jacqueline nor myself knew either the bride or the groom before this session. Before this historic landmark in our company’s brief […]

 

We met Michelle and Charlie as the sun was going down on an ever-so-hot summer evening in July. This couple is very special to us, as they are officially the first couple that neither Jacqueline nor myself knew either the bride or the groom before this session. Before this historic landmark in our company’s brief history we have had at least a friend-of-a-friend introduction. As we love getting to know our sweet couples, we asked how these two met. Michelle replied, “We walked down the aisle together at a mutual friends’ wedding.” Jacqueline and I stole a look at one another, relaying with our eyes the mutual agreement of this romantic and truly charming introduction.

The idea for the session was to walk around downtown Tallahassee and stop here and there as we went, to capture a unique and contemporary feel for this lovely engagement session. The result is full of color and textures and such unique locations. Of course, this pales in comparison to love and endearment we see between Michelle and Charlie. I love how Charlie makes Michelle smile. In almost every image you can see this sweet smile—not only on her lips, but in her eyes as well.

As we are walking along, Michelle casually states that she may have an idea for a location, one that she had not previously relayed to us. As we waited with anxious ears, she continues, “I work at the capitol and we could use the 22nd floor if you would like.” We tried to contain our excitement, but I still think a squeal might have escaped my lips. We couldn’t believe the amazing views the tippy top of the capitol building held.

Both Michelle and Charlie graduated from FAMU–Florida A&M University. We had talked about including the campus somehow in their images but the locations didn’t fit with the style they had wanted. BUT we love how this turned out. These two high above and their alma mater far below. It could not have been more perfect.

The day was soon approaching it’s spectacular finale as we completed our circle of downtown. We absolutely adore the sweet and lovely Michelle and Charlie. We will be bringing you more amazing pictures soon…as we will be capturing their wedding day as well! Eeepp!
Thank you both so much for allowing us to photograph these amazing moments. We are truly blessed and honored.

You can see even more images of this darling couple here.

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blessed celebration. | Greek Orthodox Baptism | South Florida

July 8th, 2014

As lifestyle photographers we are invariably introduced to many religious ceremonies amongst the beautiful individuals we so dearly call our clients. We were privileged to be asked to document the baptism of little Miss Angelina in the faith of the Greek Orthodox Church. As neither Jacqueline, nor myself had bore witness to such a ceremony […]

 

As lifestyle photographers we are invariably introduced to many religious ceremonies amongst the beautiful individuals we so dearly call our clients. We were privileged to be asked to document the baptism of little Miss Angelina in the faith of the Greek Orthodox Church. As neither Jacqueline, nor myself had bore witness to such a ceremony we learned many new traditions and practices during this incredible day.

It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child; many of Angelina’s closest friends and family members were in attendance to uphold the duties in the raising of this sweet girl.

We begin by introducing you to the gorgeous façade of this beautiful church. The details in every aspect of the building were pristine, bold, and colorful. The transition from outside to in brought about the feeling of a truly Holy place.

Meet Miss Angelina.


It is all in the details. The ceiling, the baptismal candles, the book of scriptures, and the baptismal font. The baptismal candles are provided by the godparent, one large decorated candle for the ceremony and smaller white candles to be carried by the children who circle the font. The traditional decoration of a baptismal candle includes a large bow of ribbon or tulle with streamers. Each detail of this day is not without merit, as you will soon witness.


While family and friends arrive, little Lina waits patiently in her father’s arms.

And so the ceremony begins. Angelina is presented to the church in it’s entryway. Family and Godparents are surrounding her as this presentation is made. She is dressed in her pre-ceremony outfit, of which, can be any color. She will later change into her baptismal clothes which must be white and completed with socks and shoes.

A somber walk leads the parents and Godparents to the front of the church where font immersion is to take place. The priest pours oil into the cupped hands of the Godparents, who then wipe oil on the child’s body. The oiled baby is then immersed three times in the baptismal font representing Christ’s baptism, death and Resurrection.

Olive oil is poured into the oil bottle and then blessed by the priest. Any 100% pure virgin olive oil can be used for the baptism. The Holy Oil is then used by the priest to baptize the child. The priest will pour the Holy Oil into the baptismal water.

After immersion, Angelina is placed into her Godparent’s arms who hold the oil sheet to protect their clothing and absorb the Holy oil on the baby. Immediately following the baptism in the font, the priest administers a second sacrament: Chrismation, where the child receives the gift of the Holy Spirit with miron, a special oil blessed by the Ecumenical Patriarch.

A quick change into her baptismal clothes, and the lighting of the baptismal candles is next in the ritual. The dressed Lina is brought back into the church and the priest, Godparents, and baptized baby walk around the baptismal font three times.

The reading of scriptures takes place and the priest administers a third sacrament, communion, to the child.

The baptism of Angelina is complete. She is lovingly embraced by her parents and Godparent. Now the Godparent is an especially important choice. The Godparent – also known as a koumbaro (male) or koumbara (female) is responsible for the spiritual upbringing of the baptized individual. The person becomes a member of the baptized person’s family and the baptism brings about a lifelong relationship. Sweet Lina’s uncle is the blessed individual at this occasion.

A reception was held after the ceremony in honor of this oh-so-happy day! Guests were treated with boubounieres or candy favors. These are traditionally almond candy favors given to each guest after the baptism by either the godparent or the parents of the baptized child. Styles can range widely for these favors but are usually simple white, pink or blue puffs of tulle tied with a ribbon and filled with white Jordan almonds. The details and traditions of the day are simply beautiful!

Martyrika, also known as martirika, or “witness pins” – are small lapel crosses handed out at the end of the ceremony and worn by guests as proof of witnessing the baptism. The traditional pin is made of white, pink or blue ribbon and features a tiny cross or icon in the center. Angelina’s martirika were inscribed with the date of her baptism as well as the name of her Godfather.

Family and friends gather in this warm and welcoming home, complete with amazing food and sweets. Each guest takes a turn snuggling and loving on their precious Angelina.

A huge thank you goes out to the parents of Miss Angelina, Gavin and Maria, for entrusting us to capture this most sacred event. Your little Lina is so beautiful and blessed. Happy Baptism Day!

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Haro Wedding | Hillsboro Lighthouse | South Florida Wedding Photography

May 12th, 2014

All little girls grow up dreaming of their wedding day. Some more than others, but still the same, you have an idea or two before you ever get the proposal. Living in Florida the dream day is usually imagined with blue waters, white sand, a crisp sky, a colorful sunset and the picture perfect moment. […]

 

All little girls grow up dreaming of their wedding day. Some more than others, but still the same, you have an idea or two before you ever get the proposal. Living in Florida the dream day is usually imagined with blue waters, white sand, a crisp sky, a colorful sunset and the picture perfect moment. The Haro wedding checked all the boxes and then some. Mother Nature dealt us quite the hand this beautiful Saturday… except maybe the wind.

We could have done with a little less hurricane-force gusts that day, although when you are looking through the following images you will have no idea that we were battling it. The wind is definitely something most people do not think about when planning any sort of outdoor event. It sneaks up on you the moment of the big day and suddenly you are concerned about this particular force that you hadn’t even known was charted on your weather app. But I digress.

We arrived on the shores of Hillsboro beach, at the very point where there sits a lighthouse. Lighthouses are particular meaningful to Lisa and Kenny as they promised they would wed each other in front of one. <3 As our groom is a member of the United States Coast Guard, the house guarding the coastal shores also serves as a protecting beacon and symbol. We would like to take a small moment and thank both Kenny and Lisa; Kenny, thank you for serving our country and for the personal sacrifices you make to keep us all safe.


This very special day was filled with so many smiles, so much color, and many, many cheers. As we gazed back at this absolutely perfect day for Lisa and Kenny we both couldn’t help but smile to ourselves. These two are so in love and so perfect for each other. They truly are meant to share their lives together.

Happy Wedding Day Lisa and Kenny! Enjoy!

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Summers’ Winter. | Holiday Mini Session | Tallahassee, FL

November 23rd, 2013

Welcome back our faithful followers! It has been such a long time since we last typed away on our blog. We have determined to make 2014 the year for us to reconnect with you via this medium. Unfortunately, we do have A LOT of story telling to do, so in no particular order (unless you […]

 

Welcome back our faithful followers! It has been such a long time since we last typed away on our blog. We have determined to make 2014 the year for us to reconnect with you via this medium. Unfortunately, we do have A LOT of story telling to do, so in no particular order (unless you ask for your story to be told next) we will try to catch up on a year’s worth of writing. Now for Summers’ Winter…

Northern Florida has long been considered part of it’s neighboring states, due to the different change in climate from its Southern brethren and that most folks around here have more of an accent. The oak laiden roadways and the visual change of seasons, is one of the countless reasons I love this area. Jackson and Nikki have a charming, newly bought house, which they have quickly turned into their loving home. Its nestled on a quiet street and surrounded by a shady grove of trees. It is to no wonder why they chose to have their Christmas photos taken in this charming place.

Christmas is Jackson’s favorite holiday. FAVORITE. Their home was transformed into a spectacle of colored lights, wreaths, and garland. Stockings were hung, poinsettias were placed, and the tree stood bold and proud. As an added touch, these two lovebirds drank hot cocoa in their mason jar glasses topped with a heavy dose of whipped cream. They playful enjoyed their beverages, hardly noticing we were in the room at all.

Nikki and Jackson radiate light. Their home is filled with laughter and love. The genuine gestures and beautiful embraces wrap around you as you watch them. It makes you smile and yearn for more.

This home would not be complete without a four-legged companion–or three! A family of 5 includes the adorable, Maggie, Duke, and Bully. Bully is quite the charmer, with his facial antics and cuddling capabilities. He took complete advantage of the empty chair and curled up next to the fireplace.

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Meet me under the mistletoe,
Midnight Christmas Eve
Your sweet kiss is the first gift
I’d like to receive.

Snuggles under the blanket, to keep us warm outside. This unpredictable weather may even bring a surprise! Look up! Look up! And there, right there; snowflakes travel down to grace the excited flesh of those all around.

Inside we went to get out of the cold. Pajamas and a movie in bed never sounded so fun. And it wasn’t just the two-legged beings, but the entire family up on the bed to enjoy this remarkable Saturday.

Thank you Nikki and Jackson for opening up your home to us and so graciously allowing us to capture your family during one of the best holidays of the year. We had so much fun entertaining the pups and playing in the “snow!” Looking through the images you would never know that it was actually 80+ degrees outside. 😀 Enjoy these memories.

Love, Ashley & Jacqueline

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Griffin Wedding | Honey Lake Plantation | Greenville, FL

June 14th, 2013

Our sweet bride Amanda holds a special place in my heart. She and I were best friends in high school; the kind that kept all your secrets, never once talked behind your back, and always gave you good advice even if she knew it would upset you. The type of friend who becomes family. This […]

 

Our sweet bride Amanda holds a special place in my heart. She and I were best friends in high school; the kind that kept all your secrets, never once talked behind your back, and always gave you good advice even if she knew it would upset you. The type of friend who becomes family. This comes as no surprise as the loved ones who surrounded Amanda taught the same loving and caring characteristics as she bestowed upon me.

I remember the first time I had heard the name Stephen. As any good friend does, I immediately put my Defense cap on and wanted to know all things relating to this new beau. Our first introduction put me at ease. He was sweet and kind, ambitious and family oriented. Everything I could hope for for my best friend. I knew Amanda and he would be a magnificent match.

Fast forward many years, and we are attending this beautiful celebration in honor of these two lovebirds. The day was filled with such joy and happiness. Traditions were reverently honored as family jewels and trinkets were placed on the bride. Even the silver flower that sat in her hair was a tradition inspired by the generations who went before her.

Her tiny niece sits atop the bed watching the commotion and the transformation of a fiancé to a bride.

Amanda’s great-grandmother wanted a peek at the bride in her chambers. Her expression reminds me of a child seeing the tree on Christmas morning; filled with such wonder and awe.

To my daughter on her wedding day
There will be a time when my thoughts wonder far away
And just for a moment I will see
My little girl as you used to be.

We went deep into the man cave to capture these handsome men donning their finest. And when I say man cave, I mean legitimate Man Cave. Gorgeous wood flanked the walls, mounts were elegantly placed, and a coffee table made with an alligator complimented the room. Stephen was his ever calm self with his father and brother by his side smoothing and tucking his suit. Amanda’s younger brothers were valiantly attempting to puzzle out the complex tie situation. Even Mr. Guthrie seemed to be handling the fact that his little girl was becoming a Mrs. in a few hours. All was merry and if nerves were felt they were not showing.

Here comes the bride.

This photo always puts the song The Boys are Back in Town in my head. Always. And I have seen this photo quite a few times. :)

As with every wedding, the day seems to evaporate and the last song is coming through the speakers. One last slow dance; one last minute to try and sear all the wonderful promises and kind wishes into your mind. One last look at your gorgeous bride or handsome groom. A final moment before your life as husband and wife officially starts.

Farewell Stephen and Amanda! May you live happily ever after! We know such wonderful things are in store for you and your family. Thank you for allowing us to capture this magnificient moment and for trusting us so completely. Stay loving and kind and, Stephen, take care of my girl! 😉

For more images of this great day like our Facebook page and scroll through The Griffin album.

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Dearmond Wedding | Jacaranda Country Club | Plantation, FL

June 10th, 2013

Now that I have ‘ripened’ and come to grasp life outside of the ‘small town’ bubble I blossomed in, I’ve arrived at a revelation on friendships, privileges and blessings. For few women I’ve met on my twenty-seven year journey have assembled an incredible group of girlfriends like my own, comparable to sisters by stretch of […]

 

Now that I have ‘ripened’ and come to grasp life outside of the ‘small town’ bubble I blossomed in, I’ve arrived at a revelation on friendships, privileges and blessings. For few women I’ve met on my twenty-seven year journey have assembled an incredible group of girlfriends like my own, comparable to sisters by stretch of time endured together. What is more, with that bonded reciprocal sense of dependability you discovered a familial acceptance through your tender, awkward and assertive years. A shared tolerance and approval, where you came to fancy and appreciate each other’s’ siblings exactly the way they did yours; despite your own thoughts of appearing uncool with a tag-a-long in the first place.

Sweet Caitlin was no more than five years young when we were introduced. Holding fast to a coy smile which peeked from beneath rosy cheeks, her cherub-like face kindly peered up at me as I grasped the pureness behind her lively blue eyes. Her flaxen hair cascaded and encased her as she affixed herself to her older sister’s limb where behind Caitlin’s small figure a scope of pink hues greeted me while I caught a glimpse of the dolls assuredly slumbering at her bare feet.

As with all of my friends’ siblings, I commonly veered from my usual visit and often occupied myself with the littlest relative’s engaging gaiety; little Miss Caitlin had been no exception. :) Still some of my fondest memories were when we all rehearsed our music in harmony and darling Caitlin unobtrusively opened the bedroom door without the intention to interrupt. She’d serenely locate her special place on her big sister’s lap and there she’d visit, just to listen in sheer delight.

With some countless years embedded in the soles of our shoes, my trek ultimately led me to document the self-sacrificial love between Caitlin and her soon-to-be husband Luke in their beautiful, sacred union. As somewhere along her budding journey, charming Caitlin found love in Luke and together they received their gift from God. Wholeheartedly they have chosen to give total dependence to Him as the authority in their marriage. Armed with the power to propel their marriage in Him, the radiance these two emitted completely captivated everyone in attendance.

Ashley and I were welcomed that morning to a roomful of composed eagerness and enthusiasm.  No sooner had we arrived when I immediately observed those features still reminiscent of the little girl I so often doted on. Evident was the pureness in Caitlin’s gaze and still endearing was her dependence on her loving sister, who tenderly rouged her lips and traced the outline of those optimistic baby blues.

It was during the recitation of the ceremony, from Caitlin’s benevolent brother-in-law, that I soon witnessed and understood just how profound their union as husband and wife would be. It was in the rapt gaze they each embraced and the sincere, authentic declarations of God’s message to their hearts on their ‘roads of destiny’.

Their honest and beautiful vows reaffirmed that they had in fact received the richest blessings in each other and their first feat as husband and wife confirmed faith in the basis of their marriage with the beautifully symbolic act of communion. With God central to their lives Luke and Caitlin have begun to create a foundation that will foster faithfulness, exclusivity and solidity.

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.

It truly was a privilege to be witness to and capture the joy that this union has brought endearing Luke and Caitlin as well as their grateful families. These two young souls have certainly grasped that true devotion involves reflective and abiding respect. You are both an immense pleasure to be around and we girls hope that God continues to gift you with true marital love and harmony. May He always lead you and guide you through your adventures together as one.

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