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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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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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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.

To see even more photos from their big day, become a fan and see them on Facebook.

 

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Remotti Wedding | Casa Marina: a Waldorf Astoria Resort | Key West, FL

June 3rd, 2013

It seems the modern bride wants to capture the ever romantic sunset ceremony for her wedding day. And why not? The background shimmers in magnificent colors, blending with the white sand. The music is a soft hum of waves petting the shore. A breathtaking, soul soothing ground on which to intertwine two lives. Add Key […]

 

It seems the modern bride wants to capture the ever romantic sunset ceremony for her wedding day. And why not? The background shimmers in magnificent colors, blending with the white sand. The music is a soft hum of waves petting the shore. A breathtaking, soul soothing ground on which to intertwine two lives. Add Key West to that mixture and you have Giovanni and Liz’s incredible wedding.

The Casa Marina sits behind the busy Duval street, tucked neatly next to the shoreline. It boasts deep wood tones and white walls and enough windows so you never loose sight of the blue water. Simple, understated (but in a good way) and glamour only a Waldorf could pull off.

Yes. Those are TOMS wedding shoes.

The handsome Giovanni as he dons his wedding day attire. Quiet, and oh so fond of his Liz, Gio, gracefully puts on his vest and jacket. His eyes escape the room and travel to the very spot that he will be meeting his bride shortly.

Meanwhile, in the bride’s chambers, utter chaos and beautification has fully commenced. Liz compliments Gio perfectly, as she brings such an amazing energy to every person and place she encounters.

Beautiful Bride.

Liz and Giovanni were open to a first look, as they would be seeing each other before the ceremony. We found a quiet area, towards the back of Casa Marina, and fell in love with the architecture. It served as the perfect backdrop to the beautiful and emotional moment of seeing your love for the first time.

There are simply no words for this image. The thoughts that must be running through his mind are to personal and beautiful to pen to paper.

He turns and wants nothing but for her to be in his arms.

As we promised, a perfect setting for the perfect beach wedding. Slight shade for the guests, and an affluence of beautiful stimuli…oh and a violinist. Can it get more perfect?

A tender moment between father and son, shortly before the ceremony begins.

The bride chose to have both her father and step-father walk her down the aisle. There were no attendants, no bridal party. Simple. Bride and Groom.

An emotional response as they gaze at each other once again, in the last moment they will be single. From hence forth they shall follow a religious ceremony to bind them as husband and wife.

Father of the Groom hands his son the wedding bands.

You may kiss the bride.

All the guests gather for champagne and chatter as soon as the ceremony ends. The signing of the marriage license and many congraulatory hugs and kisses are in order.

The creative session was spent along the shore. The neighboring resort held a gorgeous pier over the water’s edge. Liz simply had to have a few images taken there! Once we saw the amazing structure we of course agreed readily. We then trickled down to the sandy shore where there was a beautiful tree providing much needed shade.

The classic shot in front of the Casa Marina.

Mr. and Mrs. were welcomed into their reception with a standing crowd of close friends and family. There was only one dance that night, a sweet tune translating all the wonderful characteristics of Giovanni and Liz’s relationship. They smiled and laughed amongst each other, and the end of the music met with an unexpected dip. :) The rest of the evening was one of pure enjoyment and celebration. The dance floor was never empty and the room was filled to the brim with smiles.

As Giovanni is quite the musician, he had to finish the night with his guitar in hand, his band playing with him, and his bride rocking beside him.

Of course, this did not stop us from stealing the couple for one last shot outside the Casa Marina. The darkness and the lights changed the look of the beautiful resort. We wanted to capture their last dance in this quiet, gorgeous place. Thank you Giovanni and Liz, we had a grand adventure with you both and cannot wait til the next one!

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Arlt Wedding | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club | Lighthouse Point, FL

April 5th, 2013

It was one of those spectacular summer days. Vibrant blue skies, a merry breeze, green palm trees dancing tenderly in it’s wake. This was Lauren and Mike’s wedding day. We arrived at one of the iconic locations of Lighthouse Point…the Yacht Club. Tucked away on the banks of a channel, surrounded by lush foliage, the […]

 

It was one of those spectacular summer days. Vibrant blue skies, a merry breeze, green palm trees dancing tenderly in it’s wake. This was Lauren and Mike’s wedding day. We arrived at one of the iconic locations of Lighthouse Point…the Yacht Club. Tucked away on the banks of a channel, surrounded by lush foliage, the view was one of luxurious boats and calm water.

As we entered the grand foyer a love story unfolded in front us in the form of photographs. It was Lauren & Mike’s journey to this very moment.

We went to the bride’s chambers, where we found her calmly sitting as she was being primped and dolled. She was surrounded by her greatest female companions all of which were doting on her every whim.

As everyone was corralled down to the ceremony location, Lauren watched and waited from her room’s windows. The serenity she exuded was of grace and beauty.

The groom emerges and saunters down the small aisle where he will patiently wait for the first moment he lays eyes on his bride.

A smile, and an all too knowing glance between father and daughter as they make their way to the altar.

Love creates a lighthouse inside our hearts, guiding us through the dark and stormy days; always glowing and never dimming.

We had such a fun time with the bridal party after the ceremony. We were able to use an array of beautiful locations around the yacht club. Lauren and Mike flirted and played amongst their friends, completely in the moment and absorbing every minute of their spectacular day.

Most grooms may not have been as willing to take off their shoes and socks to produce these adorable shots, but Mike never gave it a second thought. Anything for his gorgeous bride…

Underneath the stars in a cloud of lavender we floated into the reception.

Introducing Mr. & Mrs.

Congratulations Lauren & Mike! We are so happy for you both and wish you a lifetime of playfulness and love. To see even more photos from their big day, become a fan and see them on Facebook.

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Dana & Chris | Bradenton Beach, FL | Wedding Photography

February 11th, 2012

Warm air, crisp sea breeze, sunshine filled day while relaxing on the sandy shore in front of your favorite beach hide-away. That is how most people dream of our beloved Florida; it is the perfect setting for any beach wedding. How unfortunate Dana and Chris were, when they awoke Saturday morning only to find heavy […]

 

Warm air, crisp sea breeze, sunshine filled day while relaxing on the sandy shore in front of your favorite beach hide-away. That is how most people dream of our beloved Florida; it is the perfect setting for any beach wedding. How unfortunate Dana and Chris were, when they awoke Saturday morning only to find heavy storms and wind were in the forecast. We soon found that this omen could be one of luck instead of misfortune! According to the mother of the bride, bad weather was an issue at her wedding and her eldest daughter’s as well. We took this as a sign that this marriage would be just as long and loving as the brides’ of the family’s past. Although stress levels were a little higher than what everyone would have liked for them to be, the bride and groom simply focused on this being the day they would celebrate their love with their friends and family… and it didn’t matter if they had a sunset beach wedding or not.

The love was felt in every word and touch during the ceremony. The winds swept through the crowd and through the sheer fabric of the bridal party’s dresses but watching Chris and Dana truly warmed your hearts.

Congratulations Chris & Dana! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this spectacular day! We truly appreciate your love and support! Happy Wedding Day!

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Mandi & Tyler | Altamonte Springs, FL | Wedding Photography

January 28th, 2012

It’s truly a story of selflessness and love. Although it seems like those two emotions would go hand in hand, it appears in the current times that relationships lack one or the other. Mandi and Tyler are that exception, and it gives us such great pleasure to be able to capture all of the warm […]

 

It’s truly a story of selflessness and love. Although it seems like those two emotions would go hand in hand, it appears in the current times that relationships lack one or the other. Mandi and Tyler are that exception, and it gives us such great pleasure to be able to capture all of the warm wishes and tender moments that characterized their beautiful wedding day.

The day couldn’t have started off better. For a January wedding date, the temperature could appear anywhere on the broad spectrum, but the saints were looking out for these two; a warm, breezy, cloudless day would make the perfect setting for this joyous occasion. A traditional, Catholic ceremony was held at the beautiful Annunciation Church, followed by a seemingly endless night of dancing and laughter. Mandi and Tyler, you have definitely sacrificed so much to be where you are today, but the blessings and the love you have been gifted with thus far seem to be worth the wait.

We love when our clients share their ideas for their photographs and Mandi came up with such a fun idea. She wanted to have a “sneak-peak” moment before they were actually married. Although when we took the pictures doesn’t really matter, the playfulness and excitement definitely shine through.

As the night wore to an end, the couple took a moment to share without the crowd by dancing underneath the most spectacular chandelier we have ever seen. Congratulations Mandi & Tyler, and thank you for this wonderful opportunity and for the constant support. We look forward to hearing happy things soon! :) Love, Ashley & Jacqueline